LEARN Launches Ice Cream Shop to Aid El Monte Youth
By Anne Donofrio-Holter
May 1, 2013 • 400 views
In its’ commitment to provide quality afterschool services for grades K through 12 within the communities of El Monte, Whittier, Pico Rivera and La Puente. LEARN (Learning Enrichment & Academic Resources Network) has launched Emmy Doo’s, a new social enterprise that will help sustain youth programs for area students.
“Emmy Doo’s is the first cookie and ice cream shop of its kind where business and education coalesce to affirm education equity for children in the Los Angeles area,” said Robert Arellanes, LEARN CEO. “All proceeds from Emmy Doo’s will keep school doors open and kids safe in LEARN’s ASPIRE, PREP, and KidsPlay programs.”
These programs provide a wide range of free services including homework assistance, academic and extra-curricular enrichment and recreation for underserved students.
Local junior and senior high school students will serve as Emmy Doo employees through a 12-week internship program where they will gain not only valuable work experience and business management skills, but learn personal financial management as well. Students will also attend various workshops and take field trips focusing on career awareness and small business entrepreneurship.
The store is run by three social enterprise coordinators, one who owns her own candy confectionary business, who are trained on how to mentor the students. The ice cream and cookie dough are purchased pre-made but the cookies are baked in-house.
“Not only will customers be able to satisfy their sweet tooth from a large selection of ice cream and fresh baked cookies, but they will also be doing their part in investing in future generations,” said Arellanes.
Emmy Doo’s, located at 13102 Philadelphia Street in Whittier, celebrated its grand opening March 22 by giving away free ice cream cookie sandwiches during the first hour of its opening. Business hours are Monday through Wednesday from noon until 9 pm, and Thursday through Sunday from noon until 10:30 pm.
“LEARN is excited to be launching Emmy Doo’s as a new social enterprise that will help sustain programs for area youth,” said Arellanes. “We hope the public will support our youth by supporting Emmy Doo’s, where you can Eat Good and ‘Doo’ Good!”