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Creating Careers With Coffee

Propelling Black Girls + Gender Expansive Youth From Coffee to Career

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Campaign Ends on March 18, 2021

Project Description

Eliminating disparities one latte at a time


Flava Café exists to cultivate careers for young womxn and nonconforming and nonbinary individuals who live at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and ability while creating a supportive community in a local coffeehouse in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Youth employment is linked to important outcomes, specifically increased graduation and college attendance rates and higher earnings in adulthood. But, unemployment rates are high for youth and disproportionately so for youth of color and those who hold intersectional identities (race, class, religion, living with a disability, poverty, etc).
 

When womxn and girls have a seat at the table, assumptions about who we are and what we need don't have to be assumed because we are the living proof and walking histories of what real gender equity looks like.

 

GENDER AND RACIAL DISPARITIES ARE A PROBLEM

(ESPECIALLY IN OUR HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA)

Women in Minnesota lose an estimated average of $400,560 in lifetime earnings due to the gender wage gap (National Women’s Law Center, “Lifetime Wage Gap Losses for Women: 2019 State Rankings”). And Minnesota isn’t even the worst of it. Minnesota has the 17th smallest gender wage gap nationwide, meaning that in 33 other states, women are losing even more lifetime earnings.

Black women lose even more. In their lifetime, Black women will lose an estimated average of $900,000 in earnings and have to work 20 years longer (National Women’s Law Center, “Lifetime Wage Gap Losses for Women: 2019 State Rankings”. So to reach an equitable level of lifetime earnings, Black women have to work until the age of 86. This keeps families in poverty and puts them in a constant mode of survival. Ultimately, these negative side effects impact the physical, mental, and emotional health of Black women and their families.
 

REAL CHANGE CAN START ANYWHERE, EVEN A CAFÉ

Every cup of coffee develops more skills, every skill builds more confidence, more confidence increases leadership and advances the pathway to prosperity. Flava Café will offer:

Work Experience & Coaching

  • Teaching skills and creating opportunities to build networks
  • Helping young womxn build their resumé for future opportunities
  • Providing community mentors to help chart pathways to confidence and capability

Community & Culture

  • Creating a welcoming, safe, and affirming environment where girls can grow
  • Establishing a vibrant space that celebrates Black culture
  • Developing an inclusive place where people can engage in transformative, culturally relevant conversations

Through our flagship internship program, Flava Café will partner with local youth employment programs to offer a nine-month experience.

Flava Café will equip young people with foundational skills for personal and professional growth in the following areas:

  • Social capital development
  • Identity-Driven Leadership
  • Connection to Community
  • Time management & Organization
  • Customer service
  • Effective communication 
  • Self-confidence
  • Empathy
  • Collective Responsibility & Teamwork
  • Commitment to Gender & Racial Equity


BUT FIRST, WE NEED A LOCATION

Funds from this campaign will take Flava Café from concept to reality. Yes, we’re raising money for a building, but as you can tell...it’s going to be so much more:

  • Creating a beautiful, welcoming place that embodies and celebrates Black culture
  • Hiring and partnering with local Black designers and artists 
  • Making a literal Safe Room where young womxn can reflect, debrief, and build siblinghood


MEET THE FOUNDER

Flava Cafe Founder, Shaunie Grigsby

Flava Café was founded by Shaunie Grigsby, a youth development practitioner, mentor, and activist who knows firsthand the professional and personal impact of walking alongside a supportive circle of womxn and peers. 

As a young Black girl growing up in Detroit, Shaunie didn’t feel the promise of a bright future due to societal and economic inequities. When she turned 16, Shaunie started to envision who she wanted to be, and how she would in turn give that back to the community. Shaunie was determined to not let racist systems and stereotypes determine her future, capacity, or possibilities. 

Now she’s helping young girls embrace the same courage with Flava Café.

“Although the restaurant (food and hospitality) industry was founded on human labor as a commodity, within the current climate there is a need for innovation and authentic social responsibility that is accountable, sustainable and human-centered.”

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  •  Where will your coffeeshop be located? Flava Café will be located in Saint Paul, Minnesota along the University Corridor  
  • When is your coffeeshop opening date? Flava is slated to open in Fall 2021, considered the impact of COVID-19 on the construction process.
  • When will rewards be shipped? The campaign ends on March 18th, merchandise will be shipped once the campaign ends. 
  •  I don’t’ have a bank account. Can I contribute via CashApp or Venmo? Yes, monetary contributions can be made via CashApp$flavacafemn  or Venmo @flavacafemn .
  •  If I contribute via CashApp or Venmo will I still receive a reward? Yes, once you’ve made your contribution send an email to info@flavacafe.org. Include your CashApp/Venmo handle and preferred mailing address. Merchandise is determined by the contribution level. 
  •  What will the funds of this campaign be used for? Funds raised for the campaign will be used to take Flava from a concept to a reality. 
  •  Is this all you need? Nope! There are other costs that need to be covered to get the space open, but this is a huge start! We're securing grants, creating partnerships, and continuing to connect with our community to make Flava a reality.  

 

Shaunie Grigsby
03/07/2021
Flava Bundle
$225
Em McManamy
03/07/2021
Coffee. Culture. Community Hoodie
$75
Kathryn
03/04/2021
Coffee. Culture. Community Hoodie
$75
02/23/2021
Monetary Contribution
$30
JEFF MILLIKEN
02/23/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
02/23/2021
Flava Maker Status
$500
John Stephens
02/21/2021
Flava Family Soup Bowl
$50
Antonio Aguirre
02/19/2021
Radical Dreams 11oz Mug
$25
Calee
02/19/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Nestor Gomez Jimenez
02/17/2021
Radical Dreams 11oz Mug
$25
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

27 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Radical Dreams 11oz Mug

Envision your most wildest dreams while sipping from this beautiful mug. 

17 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Flava Family Soup Bowl

Is it a big bowl or an oversized mug? You decide, enjoy your favorite soup, ice cream, cereal or latte in our 25oz bowl. 

  • Holds 25oz
  • Made for hot beverages or foods 
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe.
7 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Coffee. Culture. Community Hoodie

Represent Flava Café in this dope gender neutral hoodie

 

9 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Putting it Together: Flava Puzzle

We're all just figuring it out. Have some fun with friends and family piecing together a beautiful collage of the Flava story.  Artwork by Silent Fox

  • 8" x 10", 60 pieces: Puzzle
  • Grade A acrylic is high quality, water resistant, and long lasting
1 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Flava Bundle

Double up and represent Flava with this dope tote bag paired with our 11oz Radical Dream Mug 

4 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Throw Pillow + 25oz Soup Bowl

Infuse the Flava Brand in your home, office or business with a limited edition customized throw pillow. With this bundle deal you'll also receive our 25oz soup bowl. 

  • Throw Pillow 16" x 16", Cotton 

- - - 

  • Holds 25oz
  • Made for hot beverages
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe

Artwork created by Silent Fox.  

3 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Flava Maker Status

Flava Maker Legacy Wall + Limited Edition Poster Print + Flava Family Soup Bowl 

Become apart of Flava history and have your name and photo forever on our legacy wall.  Flava Makers will also receive a limited edition poster print of the Flava story and 25oz soup bowl. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

27 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Radical Dreams 11oz Mug

Envision your most wildest dreams while sipping from this beautiful mug. 

17 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Flava Family Soup Bowl

Is it a big bowl or an oversized mug? You decide, enjoy your favorite soup, ice cream, cereal or latte in our 25oz bowl. 

  • Holds 25oz
  • Made for hot beverages or foods 
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe.
7 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Coffee. Culture. Community Hoodie

Represent Flava Café in this dope gender neutral hoodie

 

9 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Putting it Together: Flava Puzzle

We're all just figuring it out. Have some fun with friends and family piecing together a beautiful collage of the Flava story.  Artwork by Silent Fox

  • 8" x 10", 60 pieces: Puzzle
  • Grade A acrylic is high quality, water resistant, and long lasting
1 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Flava Bundle

Double up and represent Flava with this dope tote bag paired with our 11oz Radical Dream Mug 

4 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Throw Pillow + 25oz Soup Bowl

Infuse the Flava Brand in your home, office or business with a limited edition customized throw pillow. With this bundle deal you'll also receive our 25oz soup bowl. 

  • Throw Pillow 16" x 16", Cotton 

- - - 

  • Holds 25oz
  • Made for hot beverages
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe

Artwork created by Silent Fox.  

3 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Flava Maker Status

Flava Maker Legacy Wall + Limited Edition Poster Print + Flava Family Soup Bowl 

Become apart of Flava history and have your name and photo forever on our legacy wall.  Flava Makers will also receive a limited edition poster print of the Flava story and 25oz soup bowl. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward