The school Café Lab project is an innovative school-based social business that provides youth with a unique, hands-on learning experience, while also generating new economic opportunities for impoverished communities in the Philippines.
Primarily, the project teaches students basic hospitality and entrepreneurial skills through professional training and internships in the café. Secondly, new business opportunities are created for local community members to partner with and provide supplies to the café. Finally, the food and drink served by the café offers a variety of healthy meal choices for the student body, while also generating income to fund future student activities.
The Café Lab project has been launched successfully in two metro-Manila schools, drawing requests from several other schools to receive assistance in setting up their own dynamic in-house café training programs.