The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center (BDJ Center), a non-profit organization located in west Natchitoches, has made many strides since opening its doors January 18, 2019.
Many Natchitoches residents may not know that the Café is a part of the Ben D. Johnson Education Center and functions as the hands-on training environment for the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program. The fresh, made-from-scratch menu offers breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, 7AM to 2PM. All proceeds from the Café supports the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program.
LEGACY YOUTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program serves young people ages 17 – 24, who are out of work and out of school. The program offers job readiness and culinary training; and provides support to help students overcome their barriers to getting and keeping a job. In addition, participants receive a stipend and get breakfast and lunch daily.
In June, the BDJ Center was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and is now a Licensed Proprietary School. The responsibility of a proprietary school is to prepare individuals for gainful employment.
This allows the BDJ Center to build a strong working relationship with the Workforce Commission and ultimately help young people in the community enter and remain in the workforce and have more self-sufficient lives.
The next class starts September 9 and runs through December 30. We are currently recruiting to fill 10 openings. We are accepting applications July 22 – July 26 Monday through Friday between 1PM and 4PM. Call for further enrollment dates and times.
YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN ONE OR MORE WAYS:
Donate to the program at the Center’s website http://www.BDJCenter.org
Like the Center’s Facebook pages BDJCenter and 400MLK
Patronize the Café located 400 MLK Drive, Suite J or make an online order for delivery at http://www.ezstreetdelivery.com
Use the Café for your office lunches, plant events and private parties
Become a Partner – hire students upon graduation
Volunteer at the center
Refer potential participant
For additional information call 318-460-7460.
Pictured above from left are Shannon Tucker- Community Resources VISTA, Keyairra Mitchell- Participant, Dallas Russell-Executive Director, Christian Anderson- Participant, Jamarcus Jackson- Participant, Blaine Banghart- Volunteer, Phoenix Pichon- Participant.