When Philly kids age out of foster care, they don't always have many options. They may have no place to stay and no work experience or skills. It's a big problem that affects thousands of young people. Can it be solved with something as basic as coffee?
Lisa Miccolis thinks so. The woman behind The Monkey & The Elephant has a plan to create a cafe with a purpose: To give kids aged out of the system work experience and mentoring, and support them with a community that will help them transition to independence. She ran a pop-up version from last November through this June at Tasset's Bakery in the Italian Market, manned by a former foster youth. Now, she's running a crowd-funding campaign for equipment she'll need in order to open a more permanent version of the cafe, which she envisions will start with one to three ex-foster kids but could eventually employ as many as 10 young people ages 18 to 21.