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Vol.3 Issue 1

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22 K arma Kafé is a venture created by the original thirteen youth of Building Bridges Youth Theatre Group (See page 8). The youth reinvested the profits of their first show to create something for the youth of their community. Each of the thirteen youth are now shareholders of the Kafé. Karma Kafé started as a small café where coffee and tea was bought by donation but it has turned into so much more than that! The kafé is staffed by the youth of New-Wes-Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador and the surrounding communities.The youth bought a building located next to the town's United churches property and fixed it up to make it feel homier. The youth looked to repurpose furniture that people of the community were no longer using. They searched for what they could find and fix up to make the kafé feel like their "company" (what they like to call their customers) were sitting in their "Grandmother's living room." Once the town got word that the youth were looking for recycled furniture, the donations started pouring in! To this day, donations still come into the kafé. The youth were able to create a few different and creative seating arrangements, along with a "kid's corner" and reading nook. An air hockey table and pool table were also donated, along with some other activities and games that the company could play. With so many donations, the youth decided to create a market for second-hand items; and so the kafé became Karma Kafé and Find Junque. The team even created gender- neutral bathrooms, to make everyone feel welcome! The community really came together to support the youth in forming a cosy, positive environment where they could create an enterprise. Two youth from the original thirteen have been there all the way; through planning, creating and executing Karma Kafé. Shellsea Nichols and Gelina White took the initiative to run the kafé and make their fellow youth proud. They bake all the pastries and desserts, from buns to pies! The original idea was to sell simple bakery items along with coffee and tea which was set up as a "pay-what-you-can" station. However, when the people started to flood in they knew they had to up their game! Karma Kafé started serving all-day breakfast where the company could build their own plates. The breakfast was a huge success but what about lunch? The youth decided it was time to start selling soup and sandwiches. Karma Kafé had company from morning to evening, enjoying the warm atmosphere. Ultimately, the youth didn't want the regular company to get bored of their menu, and it would be hard to expand the menu with a smaller staff. They decided the best way to fix this issue was to introduce weekend specials. The specials could range from traditional Jiggs Dinner to pasta dishes, and the company loved it! The community even supported the youth in their kitchen. Some people donated supplies while others donated freshly picked berries! The kafé was a great place to sell handmade goods as well. They started to sell handmade jewellery and knitted items, along with a range of other artwork. With a range of tourists visiting in the summer, Karma Kafé started an International

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