Guest Blog Post Written by Jenna Hania, Bright Endeavors
Every Monday through Friday, young moms in Chicago will show up to Bright Endeavors, a candle company specializing in premium soy candles. By the time they arrive at Bright Endeavors, their mornings will have been full of getting kids to daycare, long commutes, and preparing themselves for a day of job training: making candles while gaining critical job experience. These young moms are taking steps to break the cycle of poverty that has impacted their families for generations.
At Bright Endeavors, young moms become production assistants and learn the craft of candle making. Their trajectory for their future is positive and promising as they develop habits consistent with success – self motivation, punctuality, team work, willingness to learn, ability to receive critique and correction – and more. Each has her own gifts she brings to the work environment, and with some encouragement, she starts to envision a future full of possibility.
Graduates like Valentine make plans to complete high school diplomas and pursue part time employment. LaToya identified her gift for customer service, eventually acquiring a position as a customer service representative for a furniture company. Shai works at Chipotle, found safe housing, and is enrolled in community college. Every one of these young moms had a place to take a breath, identify their gifts, and make plans for the future…all while producing beautiful candles and earning an income!
You can find one of these candles on Greyston’s website – a delicious scent of chocolate fudge brownie, to keep your taste buds longing for a delicious brownie from their bakery! We love being a part of a community of socially minded businesses, like Greyston, who see employment opportunities as stepping stones to lives being transformed. At Bright Endeavors, employment opportunities allow young moms to see their abilities to provide for their families, and empower them to write their own stories.
So today, buy a candle and some brownies! Your purchase is an investment in something that just makes sense.
Bright Endeavors is an integral part of the Workforce Development program of New Moms, an organization in Chicago that surrounds young moms and their children with all they need to transform their lives.