塔什干火车头-阿布扎比 www.aeleps.com.cn The program – Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB)
Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) is a charity program which provides free training in French bakery and pastry to marginalised Chinese youth aged 17 to 23, enabling them to find qualified jobs and lead independent lives after graduation.
SYB empowers disadvantaged young adults who had to drop out of school because of their family situation (parents’ death, sickness, disability or imprisonment) and are excluded from stable employment.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, SYB students follow a one-year training where they learn valuable skills such as French bakery and pastry, Chinese bakery, life skills and English, combined with practical internships at 5-star hotels. Thanks to the high demand of qualified bakers on the Chinese market, 30 students each year start a new life as bakers or pastry chefs and are able to support themselves and their families.
The charity program was founded in 2008. In 2011, we created a social enterprise that offers a wide range of services to support the program, such as baking classes and workshops, teambuilding activities and technical consulting, and which allows individuals and companies to contribute to the success and sustainability of the program.
SYB is managed by a small but dynamic French-Chinese team, and operates under the governance of Chi Heng Foundation.