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The Monkey & The Elephant

The Monkey & The Elephant is a nonprofit dedicated to fully supporting the transition from foster care to independence by engaging former foster youth in a holistic employment and life skills program. Functioning as a full-service café, M&E builds a sense of community and belonging for these youth while supplementing short-term employment with longer-term personal and professional development.

The youth who go through the program at The Monkey & The Elephant spend, on average, ten months working at the Café.  In addition to working shifts at the Café (open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and developing the necessary communication skills, discipline, and accountability necessary to successfully hold down a job, they complete a comprehensive program focused on developing their self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-esteem in addition to acquiring tangible life skills like goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, and budgeting.

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