Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB)
A charity program providing free training in French bakery 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. Due 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.
What they say about us:
At SYB, the staff is like our family, constantly taking care of us and helping us focus on our studies. I also made a lot of friends this year. Here, I didn’t just learn a skill, I also learned how to be a well-rounded individual.Ray
I had a lot of fun working at the JW Mariott. My colleagues were all very outgoing and spirited. They always made me laugh. I learned a lot working there. Moreover, my colleagues were really caring and helpful: if I did anything wrong they would point out the reasons for my mistake and help me improve.Julien
In one year I experienced a lot of things and became much stronger because of it. I also became a lot more optimistic. Now I tackle things with an optimistic attitude, unlike in the past when I would retreat instead. For now I understand that a passive attitude cannot solve problems, but can even make them worse.Guy
I am very fortunate to be a part of the SYB family. Here, I once again discovered that the world can be filled with beauty and my heart rekindled with hope. I am also very happy that SYB has given me an opportunity to live and work in a big city, to successfully integrate into society.Jolin