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Reconnect


An initiative of the Vernon Ave. Project, Inc. 

a non-profit organization.

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Reconnect


An initiative of the Vernon Ave. Project, Inc. 

a non-profit organization.

Breathing Life into the Streets of Bed-Stuy.

 

Bedford-Stuyvesant Is:

A place of historic struggle.

A place of historic goodness.

A place where 33% of residents live in poverty and 48% of children under the poverty line.

A place that is home to thousands of disconnected youth, representing a quiet crisis that promises continued significant social consequences. 

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One Goal


Giving youth the chance to dream again with the power of entrepreneurship.

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One Goal


Giving youth the chance to dream again with the power of entrepreneurship.

Building A Culture Of Work

An entry portal for young men to be successful

 Transforming Lives Through Entrepreneurship

The Vernon Avenue Project, Inc. (VAP) mission began on a violence drenched corner of Bed Stuy Brooklyn in 2010 as a way to create an entry level economy for young men, 18-25, looking to change the course of their lives.  The mission of VAP is to offer employment that leads to renewed engagement of education, training and commitment to community leadership and service.

The vision began to take shape through the opening of RECONNECT Café and Bakery in 2013. The Café is 5 star rated on Yelp with increasing profitability that serves excellent coffee products and a delicious food menu.  The Bakery produces an ever growing array of baked goods, empanadas and sandwiches. 

A Youth Enterprise Zone
 

In this unique moment in history,  we're proposing a radical and realizable vision. One that seeks to develop a working and merchant class among the young adults of the community by creating a desperately needed retail district, and partnering with existing employers as local youth employers.  This will be a model for effective neighborhood change that is marked by mutual benefit and a strengthening of community economy and relationships.   

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Hope


See how far we've come, and how far we'll go.

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Hope


See how far we've come, and how far we'll go.

Visit our first cafe. 

In our first step to transform the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, we've launched our flagship cafe (and bakery too!) employing Bed-Stuy's next generation of entrepreneurs, dreamers and thinkers.

See you soon!

The Next Step?

The grand opening of our online storefront hosting our startup street fashion brand and featuring some good eats from our cafe. (It's all part of our plan to teach them about the functions of e-commerce and supply chain management)

We have plans to open a street front retail shop too!

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon! (We Promise.)