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Papa Ganache Project

The Papa Ganache Project Strengths Development Program (PGP) provides alternative therapeutic interventions for youth by utilizing the inner workings of a vegan bakery.  Kids work with mental health professionals through real-life experience at the bakery.  Youth of varying achievement levels and learning needs are all afforded the opportunity to overcome challenges, as well as to develop positive life skills such as:

  • Processing conflict
  • Building positive self esteem and self empowerment
  • Anger management skills
  • Coping strategies
  • Increased team building
  • Trust and respect
  • Limits and boundaries
  • Obtainment of age-appropriate goals
  • Enhancement of more positive peer, family and community interactions

Kids also have the opportunity to experience a decrease of negative symptoms such as:

  • Fear of change
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Lack of motivation
  • Risk-taking behaviors and judgment deficits
  • Lack of follow-through

The program promotes a high degree of interactive, open and supportive participation teaching life’s rules, cemented by mentoring relationships between youth and staff.  PGP engages frustrated, bored and struggling youth in activities that propel use of imagination and natural creativity.  PGP builds on passions and interests to foster discussion and personal expression, resulting in participants contributing, learning and experiencing success.  We catch kids ‘doing good things’, using praise and endorsement to recognize positive gains.  In addition, to encouragement and maintaining community connectedness, PGP invites its graduates that have successfully completed the program to continue to be a part of the Papa Ganache community through volunteer work and employment (when available).

Our rolling admission policy allows youth to start the program at any time. Family participation is encouraged to facilitate the process, but is not essential to make it work.

4 Responses to “Papa Ganache Project”

  1. Anne Lorenzetti
    June 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    My daughter Julianna and our family are big fans of the bakery. I would be interested in finding out more information about the Papa Ganache Project. My daughter has dairy allergies which is what brought us to Papa Ganache in the first place. Julianna also struggles with ADD and could certainly use some help with anger management issues. We have been to your open mic nights where she has sang and has also filled out a job application. Due to her dairy allergies we have always spent a lot of time in the kitchen baking. A job at Papa Ganache would be a perfect fit for her. In addition she will be starting college locally this fall and therefor would still be available to work. Please let us know if any positions become available.

    Thanks so much.

    Annie Lorenzetti 732 742-0453
    Julianna Lorenzetti 732 778-2247

    • kellie
      August 9, 2014 at 1:54 am #

      I am very interested in finding out how to get my son Salvatore involved in this program. He is an 11 year old boy who has ADHD but loves to organize and help me in the kitchen. He has anger issues when there is change in his life and we continue to work on coping skills. Please let me know how to go about getting him involved.

      thank you

  2. Gladys D. (chinita)
    July 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    special thanks for this program; theeany shannon from monmouth cares referred my autistic 13 year old depressed daughter and im looking forward to her meeting her mentor and hopefully shell participate in this.


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