Since 2015, Café Momentum has served more than 1,000 youth in Dallas, Texas, through its paid internship program. This program is helping Café Momentum interns break the cycle of incarceration, with recidivism rates 1/3 the state average.
The secret behind Café Momentum’s success is the Momentum model for juvenile justice. The Momentum model offers an ecosystem of support, including educational and financial literacy, paid workforce development training, life skills and social skills training. Because of this wraparound support, interns can build strong foundations to get their education back on track and gain financial stability.
Café Momentum’s success in Dallas has transformed the lives of justice-involved youth and every customer that eats at their restaurant. As interns interact with the customers, bridges are created and mutual respect is built.
Café Momentum serves a unique recipe for success: The interns defy the odds and stay out of the criminal justice system as they move forward with their lives. Diners receive exceptional customer service and award-winning meals and can experience each intern’s capabilities and dignity firsthand.
of youth completing the 12-month internship program adjudicated or reconvicted — compared to Texas state average of 11.8%
were enrolled in high school, had graduated, or achieved their GED
completed or were in compliance with any court orders
had a bank account enabling future ability to finance or receive credit — compared to the 25% who have a bank account upon entering the program
are voluntarily receiving counseling — 100% of the interns entering our program had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience in their history
*Dallas only, based on one year from the start of the program.