Project 88 is starting to accept applications for entrepreneurship in restaurant / permaculture, career exploration and soft skills training . Next session begins Thursday, February 24, 2022. Open enrollment is right now.

NDC Neighborhood Entrepreneur Training Application

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NDC Neighborhood Entrepreneur Training Application

Prospective applicants can apply by completing the online training application, which they access by clicking the link below.

Note:

Please inform your applicants to select the following options to the following questions:

Which training program are you most interested in?    
  • Select Traditional – Interested in opening a for-profit business venture. 

Project 88: Opening Doors to New Beginnings!

Cajun Twist LLC, a local restaurant known for serving authentic New Orleans Cuisine once located in The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Golf Course, now in the old Marla’s Restaurant in South Minneapolis, will hire and train eighty-eight ex-felons over the course of five years, with the intent of preparing them for franchise ownership and management.

Sadly, the mistakes that lead to the title felon typically follow with avenues of change, from programs and training courses; however once introduced back into society, the label never goes away, leaving these ex-felons hopeless and often destitute, but this program brings a second chance for hope. Cajun Twist has partnered Wellspring Second Chance and NDC (Neighborhood Development Center) to ensure adequate vetting and training for these participants, as well as, access to monetary resources to pursue their dreams of restaurant ownership.

The Project Campaign Launch for this initiative begins March 19, 2020, with the first round of participants putting their training to work in the Fall (September) of 2020. This Initiative is projected to be a pilot that will alter the lives of ex-felons and persons with criminal charges in a way that will impact the Twin Cities and Minnesota as a whole.

CRITERION 

First Year

*   18-25 ( Jan. 2021–Jan. 2022 )
*    Aging Out of Foster Care
*    Have a documented Disability ( Physical / Mental Health Diagnosis )
*    A Criminal History ( anything other than CSC crime )
Second Year
*    26-older ( March 2022–March 2023 )
*    Have a documented Disability ( Physical / Mental Health Diagnosis )
*    A Criminal History ( anything other than CSC crime )
*    Newly Released / Already in Community /
*   May have Foster Care History
 Applicants being accepted now:   In office by appointment only
 Applicants will need to have access to either, I-Phone, I-PAD, Laptop, Desktop Computer

Cajun Twist has partnered Wellspring
Second Chance and NDC (Neighborhood Development Center) to ensure adequate
vetting and training for these participants, as well as, access to monetary resources to
pursue their dreams of restaurant ownership.

Follow @CajunTwist and @WellspringSecondChance on Social Media for updates on how you can impact this movement.

To sponsor a participant call (507) 291-4839

Media and public also may ask questions using the #project88