Women and older teenagers coming from being sex trafficked that have little or no job experience need job or vocational training. Most programs end when a person becomes 18 and for adults the programs are for limited times. Along with the physical and emotional healing many of these individuals will have to go through, the ability to keep steady employment is key to not falling back into what they came from.   This is not only a benefit to the individual but also to a society as a whole because it helps to relive the burden and hurt that trafficking inevitably causes to society.

Programs currently available:

Second Rising does not yet have a place of it’s own to use as a safe house and providing healing services and vocational training at. Through partnering with other organization that are already helping victims of sexual exploitation I am still able to offer the vocational training. If you are interested in what Second Rising can offer or would like to help Second Rising in anyway, please contact me at Second Rising is located in the Northern Virginia/DC area.

Baking classes

Currently I go to different organizations and safe houses and give baking classes.  While these are not job training, they are more of confidence builders.  Baking bread is very easy to me yet so many people say how difficult it is to use any yeasted recipe.  With just a little coaching the women in these classes make a basic dough using common household kitchen ingredients then turn it into cinnamon rolls, pizza, rolls, a basic loaf, etc. And When it is done there is this realization that THEY did it!  And it is wonderful.  It is so nice working with these women.  They can do so much more than they think.  And they get to keep what they make to enjoy themselves, share with others, or just to show off what they have accomplished.  And they get to keep the recipe!  I feel very grateful to give these classes and hang out with these women.    After a person has been degraded and taught how little one is worth in trafficked situations it is so nice to be part of showing them that that was not true.  These women really bring meaning to the name Second Rising.

Vocational Training

Second Rising will be working together with Restoration 1:99, which is providing therapeutic and other healing services.  With their help Second Rising will be able to offer a baking program that will help the whole individual so that they will be able to reenter society successfully.

During the course participants will learn the different steps to begin their own baking business which will include:

  • How bread is made, the science and art of it, ingredients combining, different ways dough can be shaped, proper proofing, and baking using commercial equipment
  • Goal setting
  • Good work habits for entrepreneurs
  • How to set prices
  • Marketing
  • Customer service
  • Sales
  • Inventory
  • Budgeting- personal and business
  • Simple spreadsheets and formulas
  • Permitting/licensing
  • Requirements for selling at different venues
  • Health requirements based on the nationally recognized ServSafe course

Throughout the course we will also work on areas of personal development that consist of:

  •  Appropriate on-the-job behavior
  • Healthy ways to address issues or employees at work that bother us
  • Self-control in adverse work situations
  • Accountability- taking responsibility for one’s actions
  • Time management
  • Working together as a team
  • Thinking ahead to work efficiently
  • Confidence

What participants learn from this baking program can also be used in other trades. The ability to budget wisely, good work ethics, self-control in adverse situations, and the ability to work together as a team are skills needed in any field or job.

Course sizes will be kept small so that each participant can receive the individual attention and instruction as they need it. The classes will be 3 hours long 3 days a week for 3 months.

The breakdown of the course is as follows:

First we will go over individual goals. We will take a realistic look at where each of us is now and what we envision doing in 5 years from now. We will assess our weaknesses and strengths. Every 2 weeks we will revisit these goals to see what progress we’ve made and get help where we are not. We will also see how as we learn our goals may change or need to be modified.

In the kitchen participants will have the opportunity to learn how to make great tasting bread by hand and with commercial mixers, learn different shaping techniques while working with Second Rising’s recipes, learn what different ingredient do in the breads, experiment with creating new recipes and learn how to bake in a commercial oven.

In the kitchen we will also cover some of the nationally recognized ServSafe curriculum and what is expected in a commercial kitchen environment concerning the Health Department.

Each student will learn what is needed for labeling products. They will create their own product labels with nutrition facts, UPC codes, ‘best by’ dates, product descriptions and other necessary information.

For product pricing participants will learn how to set competitive prices.   Participants will compare prices to learn how to shop wisely for ingredients and learn how to work efficiently to keep costs and labor prices low. They will learn to use spreadsheets to calculate bread pricing. ‘Hidden’ expenses like bills, maintenance, paper and pens will also be discussed in pricing. Also inventory will be learned and what are lead times for ordering supplies so that production doesn’t have to stop if supplies are run out of.

We will check out the competing bread companies to find out what attracts customers to them and how we can make something more attractive. We will discuss current food trends and how that can help us plan what direction our baking should go in.

We will explore different mediums for selling breads- retail, wholesale, markets, online. On market day participants can help selling at the booth so they can receive first-hand experience in one example of simple marketing.

Participants will learn how to set up spreadsheets and use an existing one to track expenses and income and learn about cash flow. They will learn personal and business budgeting and learn good saving habits so that at the times of the year that sales may not be good the company can stay afloat till more profitable times of the year.

We will go over the process of permitting and licensing which is a maze in each state and county.

We will explore different marketing techniques and how social media plays a big role in it now days.   A great product will not sell if it is not known. Marketing tactics to gain new customers and incentives for repeat customers

We will go over different kinds of equipment and supplies that we may need by analyzing the baking process from start to finish, from writing down ideas to placing our beautiful products on the market table.

We will cover different ways to financially make a new bakery possible through saving money, working, loans, and/or grants.   We will go over writing up simple business plans, setting realistic business goals, and profitable product pricing to appeal to a banker.

Throughout the course participants will learn to work together as a team to help each other. To run a successful business, good customer relations and treating employees with respect and fairness is necessary. We will practice by treating each other with that same respect and fairness. We will learn way to keep our emotions in check or proper ways to release tension/stress in stressful and difficult situations because they will happen often while starting a business.

During the whole program we will also continually go over good work ethics and morals. Punctuality, hard work, dedication, kindness, and ways a business can give back to the community.

No business can be run without interacting with others even if it is run by one’s self with no employees. There will be interaction, at minimum, with customers and suppliers. Interacting appropriately when things go right is just as important as when things go wrong. Going over personal responsibility and appropriate ways to handle unfavorable situations will be covered several times throughout the course.

How to accept when things don’t go our way, preparing for the fact we will inevitably make some bad business decisions and how to recover from them.

Participants will have to learn patience. The business will not grow in a day, a week, a month. It is like a child. It will take time and go through many phases. It will need dedication, long hours, and lots of care. A business owner must prepare for much personal sacrifice while growing their business.   It will get easier but not for a while.

Again we will go over our original goals to see how far we’ve come! Participants will set realistic, attainable goals for opening their own bakery!