Night Owl Bakers (NOB) programming centers around a baking kitchen at Latham Street Commons (LSC). The baking kitchen acts as classroom, complementing and supporting our hydroponic rooftop garden(s), rainwater collection system, and composting station. This dynamic classroom affords young adults opportunities that combine food, entrepreneurship, and sustainability so they can acquire transferable skills in sustainable practices at a systems level, while learning how they can have a positive impact on the local economy.
By design, the program blends core 21st century literacies with a focus on skills-based training that is tethered to the whole person /whole community—preparing them to be active citizens with skills to enter college or the workforce. The concept behind NOB resulted from research showing that underrepresented communities in Pittsburgh experience greater degrees of disparity due to structural barriers between them and economic opportunities. In response to these needs, our participants are young adults (16-22 yr. olds), transitioning out of foster-care and those often left out of new educational/workforce training opportunities.