ACE-Cafe

High schools called Adult & Continuing Education(ACE) usually operate at night in the compound of day schools. ACE-Escuela Mexico in San Roman,Corozal is no exception. Presently there are 50+ students enrolled in the 3 year high school program.Most of the students are dropouts, single parents, and troubled youths who give themselves a second chance to complete a high school diploma. Most of them work in the day to pay for their school fees. Some travel as far as fifty miles from their work place to attend night school.Presently students who attend buy food/snack from the grocery shop across the school. There is no snack shop or cafeteria BUT there is an old cafeteria that is not being used. I intend to reopen it with the proper appliances and utensils to be operated by students from the night division. 2 to 3 needed student will operate and generate income for a month/semester and pass it on to another student. These students will help pay their way to school !!
Name
Roberto Runnel
Last name
Torres
At what stage is your proposal?
Idea phase
What category/categories do you want to address with your idea?
Employment
Describe the need or problem you want to address
In order to keep the youths in school they need finance to pay for their night schooling. Some students find it difficult to find a job that will give them the time off to reach in time at night school. Having a fully functioning small cafe will help some of them with an income to pay for their school fees and provide employment at the same time. It will also teach them to operate a small business and probably help them visualize owning a restaurant some day.
What is the main product or service you will offer?
Operating a small cafe on an existing building of 15 x 20; will cater 50+ students every evening at the night school.It will provide healthier snacks and foods for those attending school. It is intended to open the cafe for the day school students as well.
Briefly describe the community or population that will benefit from your solution and how do you plan to involve them in the project
The night school has an enrollment of 50+ students and at least 8 teachers. Establishing a small cafeteria will help provide employment and service to students attending night school for years to come as long as the school operate. There is an intention to also have the cafeteria open for the day students. It will offer healthy juices and food, thus making more profit and more economic assistance to the student operator.A manager(me) will invite applicants to fill in the post of food handler, and ensure they qualify and have the necessary permit to operate a safe food outlet. Most students are 18+ they are already part of the work force, some are small business owners, or even supervisors, so experience in business handling should be no challenge. The main cook will be in charge of selecting and hiring at least one or two assistants( students of night school as well)Implement an electronic software to monitor the daily sales and expenses. The main cook will make weekly reports and also submit monies to the school accounts clerk the following business day.
Does your proposal have a business model (i.e. strategy to generate revenue)? Please describe
Autonomous business control will be given to the food operator at night school. This recommendation has a strong base because it deters any unwanted or foreign anomalies on campus at night. The gate will be closed and students will not be allowed to leave campus, because they will have a decent and proper place to have a snack/food. This will ensure that students buy only from the cafe. Customers will be catered with affordable snack at student price. Food, snacks, soft drinks, juices and even pastries will be available before school starts at 6:00 pm and for their break time. The food operator(student) will definitely have to hire an assistant to help him/her while he/she attends class session. The use of an innovative electronic software( Soft Restaurant) will assist in the details of the sales and expenses. Details of financing will be easily available.
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This is an excellent and powerful idea if it can be executed well. It’s not easy to operate such level of catering so I recommend that you explain how you will obtain or develop the operations management needed to be successful. The business model is also not clear to me - who will be paying for the food? Do they have the capacity and willingness to pay the price of the meal and snack to be offered? Cost estimates and price should be analyzed to see if the project is realistic. I really hope it is because if it, the ripple effect of this initiative would be huge for the families as well. Best of luck!
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Hi Annie, got you! i will try my best to explain. thanks.
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