Meet The Youth

 
 
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DAVIDA

What were some of the challenges/difficulties you experienced before coming to The Monkey & The Elephant?
Saving money.

How has being at The Monkey & The Elephant benefited you?
It's helped me with school, managing my money, and dealing with certain emotions and how to express them. It's helped me with school in a BIG way. Helped me complete my FASA, find certain grants that I am eligible for. Also, reached out to their personal friends for support on my behalf. Money-wise they've come up with exercises to help save money which hasn't stuck on me just yet but it's helping slowly but surely.

How has being a part of The Monkey & The Elephant helped you overcome (or start to overcome) past challenges/difficulties?
It's starting to help me deal with the challenge of dealing with my family issues.

 
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Johnathan

What were some of the challenges/difficulties you experienced before coming to The Monkey & The Elephant?
I was on the streets until I found a shelter.

How has being at The Monkey & The Elephant benefited you?
I learned plenty of skills that can be used in many different jobs.

How has being a part of The Monkey & The Elephant helped you overcome (or start to overcome) past challenges/difficulties?
I was able to get my own place to live for the first time ever.

 

KVON

What were some of the challenges/difficulties you experienced before coming to The Monkey & The Elephant?
Some of the challenges/difficulties I've experienced before joining The Monkey & The Elephant family was being heard and articulating my opinions.

How has being at The Monkey & The Elephant benefited you?
Being at The Monkey & The Elephant has benefited me in many ways. First, I gained a second family who I trust. Secondly, I was able to put skills to use being a barista and a baker.

How has being a part of The Monkey & The Elephant helped you overcome (or start to overcome) past challenges/difficulties?
Working at The Monkey & The Elephant I've overcome past obstacles by obtaining more confidence in myself by speaking up more and being relied on by others.

 
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Joseph

What were some of the challenges/difficulties you experienced before coming to The Monkey & The Elephant?
Some of the challenges I was facing before being apart of the M&E team revolved around employment and homelessness. At the time, I was living in transitional housing through Covenant House. Around the time I got hired, I was searching very hard to find a job in order keep my apartment at the transitional living space. One of the main requirements to staying there was employment full-time or full-time student and I was neither. 

How has being at The Monkey & The Elephant benefited you?
Once joining The Monkey and The Elephant, I was introduced to a work/family environment. The management team really worked with me to overcome difficulties that would hinder me from finding other employment and live a healthy lifestyle outside of work. 

How has being a part of The Monkey & The Elephant helped you overcome (or start to overcome) past challenges/difficulties?
One of the biggest challenges I still face was overcoming the traumas of street homelessness and and the M&E team did a really good job focusing and highlighting my positive potential. In turn, I was able to start healing and use my past experiences to help others.

 

Sherrieff

What were some of the challenges/difficulties you experienced before coming to The Monkey & The Elephant?
I had a history of not wanting to work but this job put me back on a positive side of things...helping me to appreciate my life even more.

How has being at The Monkey & The Elephant benefitted you?
I'm more focused and I'm way more busy now with less free time on my hand.s I think I'm turning into a entrepreneur.

How has being a part of The Monkey & The Elephant helped you overcome (or start to overcome) past challenges/difficulties?
Life is made to learn and The Monkey and The Elephant is allowing me to notice that and correct my weaknesses and build on my strong areas.

 
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Taron, PROGRAM GrADUATE

Taron Harris was a Shift Supervisor at The Monkey & The Elephant. Taron isn’t your ordinary supervisor as a former foster youth and alumni of The Monkey & The Elephant program he’s got some skillz. Taron began his work career a the age of 16 and accumulated diverse work experiences prior to coming to M&E.  Even with no prior coffee experience he trained and was promoted to Shift Supervisor after six months.  He can seriously sling some lattes while putting a smile on customer’s faces.

 
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Jackie, Program Graduate

What were some of the challenges/difficulties you experienced before coming to The Monkey & The Elephant?

Some challenges I experienced before coming to The Monkey & The Elephant was always being shy, not being able to communicate well with others.

How has being at The Monkey & The Elephant benefitted you?

Being at The Monkey & The Elephant benefitted me in many ways.  It helped me learn to talk to other people and how to communicate better.  It also taught me how to be a good person all around and helped me become an even better employee.  Because of all of that The Monkey & The Elephant has benefitted me in such a positive way!

How has being a part of The Monkey & The Elephant helped overcome (or start to overcome) past challenges/difficulties?

Being at The Monkey & The Elephant has helped me overcome a lot of issues by always being supportive.  M&E is not just any other regular coffee shop, it's a place where I can go to and feel comfortable. It's like a second home. :)

 
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REMI, PROGRAM GRADUATE

Remi has been working at The Monkey & The Elephant since day one. Graduating from Arise Academy in 2013 and aging out of the system at 18, he works not only with M&E but at Lather Hair Studios where he is a stylist. Working at the cafe has helped Remi learn how to work with a variety of people and has helped his communication skills. He has has aspirations to one day open and run his own restaurant.

 

NAJE, PROGRAM GRADUATE

Naje graduated from Arise Academy Charter School in 2013.  A native to Philadelphia, he experienced foster care between the ages of 11 and 15. Now 19, he is focusing on pursuing a college degree with interests in criminal justice and supporting young kids and teens.  In addition to working at The Monkey & The Elephant, Naje works at Catholic Community Services as a youth mentor for kids in foster care.  Through this job he has had the opportunity to share his own experience and offer guidance to the young men to help steer them in the right direction.


Apply

Are you a current or former foster youth between the ages of 18 to 25 who is looking for an opportunity to get the skills and support you need to become truly happy and independent? Please fill out our youth application and we will get back to you within a week to schedule a face-to-face interview if you're a fit!