reStart, Inc. reTreats
At risk youth have an increased likelihood of experiencing homelessness, experiencing food insecurity and experiencing violence. The purpose of the reTreats program is to meet the growing need for gainful employment opportunities for marginalized youth as they start their journey toward independence by providing real world employment training that includes customer service, bookkeeping, marketing, accounting, culinary skills and more.
Youth work together to prepare the reTreats by working with vendors to secure ingredients and preparing reTreats in a commercial kitchen. They work with local retailers where reTreats are distributed, and process and fulfill orders, handle inventory, and manage supply. reTreats program participants graduate with skills to obtain and retain living wage employment.
918 E. 9th St. ● Kansas City, MO 64106
816-472-5664 ● restartinc.org/
2021 COMBAT Mid-Year Funding: $118,264.00
in reStart, Inc.'s Own Words
Youth defined as at-risk of homelessness have an increased likelihood of experiencing violence and ,by definition and age, struggle to secure employment at the level that ensures stable housing.
reTreats is a project to move youth toward independence through dedicated workforce development. The reTreats are artisanal, gourmet, organic dog treats that are produced, packaged and distributed by reStart youth. Youth in reStart’s Transitional Living and Maternity Group Home programs are eligible for the program.
Youth are selected for the three-month paid internship following a formal application and interview process. Once selected, youth participate in a 90-day internship that will provide skill development in production, marketing, sales, customer service, accounting and budgeting.
reTreats interns learn about key skills:
- inventory management, scheduling and managing financials;
- working in the kitchen to make reTreats, learning about kitchen management, developing culinary skills, and adhering to health department regulations;
- customer service – fulfilling orders from online purchases, distributing product to our local retail partners;
- marketing – through social media, tabling events, etc; and much more.
Each program participant will have an internship plan that includes goal-setting, objective planning and pre- and post- skills assessment as well as access to all of reStart, Inc.’s 17+ programs – including mental health programs and drug prevention classes - designed to promote stability and sustainability for life beyond reStar
These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a Youth Employment emphasis or component.
» Youth Employment & Training Initiative
Blue Hills Neighborhood Association
» Blue Hills Restorative Justice Program
Blue Springs Police Department
» Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)
Bridge Leadership Academy
» Bridge Job Readiness Program
Calvary Community Outreach Network
» HYPE Summer
Cornerstones Of Care
» Build Trybe for Youth Employment
DeLaSalle Education Center
Grace United Community Ministries
» Youth Employment Program
Heart of America Council, BSA
» ScoutReach Summer Camps
Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
» Legacy of Excellence Project
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
» Ivanhoe Youth Employment Program
KC Common Good
» Working For Youth
» Ingnition Lab Opportunity Intership Program
Sisters In Christ
» Youth Life Link
Transition Zone, Inc.
» Youth Workforce