create an atmosphere of collective awareness, respect and responsibility, built on the talents and resources of the community.
Bailey's Café grows out of Stefanie Siegel's (founder and president) teaching experience at Paul Robeson High School, located in the Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights community; as well as the literary inspiration of Gloria Naylor's novel of the same name, Bailey's Café.
Our goals are to provide youth with an opportunity to connect to positive adults and peers; provide youth and seniors with outlets for creative expression; support good health and nutrition; and to provide meaningful community service opportunities.
We will meet these goals through the following objectives:
• Organizing regular community service projects.
• Providing instruction and information on health and nutrition through workshops and cooking events.
• Organize creative expressions workshops and events at local venues.
• Provide leadership development workshops and activities, and mentoring opportunities for youth.
• Host or co-host a variety of opportunities for participants to have their voices heard through community theatre, video and other forms of technology as well as discussion groups and public forums.
The ultimate vision for Bailey's to have its own home, where it can forge a day-to-day existence that is shaped by demonstrated community needs and input.
The development of a "community café and cultural center" where healthy food, community service, youth leadership and the arts can combine to provide a space for positive youth development and intergenerational mentoring.
1. We need to provide youth with an opportunity to connect to positive adults and peers.
2. We need to provide youth and seniors with outlets for creative expression.
3. We need to provide meaningful community service opportunities.