The Caoyang Vocational School organises Chinese pastry classes and allows SYB to hold life skills and English classes in its classrooms, in addition to providing dormitories for the SYB students.
EFBPA (Ecole Française de Boulangerie et de Pâtisserie d'Aurillac) is a French bakery institute supporting SYB in defining bakery classes content and in training the SYB teachers. EFBPA has trained in total five outstanding SYB graduates (three in 2010-2011 and two in 2014-2015) at its facilities in Aurillac in order for them to return and teach the new batches of students.
In 2010, Alliance Française provided free French language classes to our 3 teachers so that they could continue learning bakery at the EFBPA in France. AF renewed its support in 2012-2013 by giving French classes to two graduates who continued their bakery studies in France and subsequently became SYB trainers. Currently, AF provides free French language classes to five SYB graduates: our two current trainers, our social enterprise’s technical director and our two future trainers.
Stepping Stones is a not-for-profit charitable organization registered in Hong Kong and in Shanghai with a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China. Stepping Stones works with expatriate and local Chinese volunteers to teach English in Shanghai’s migrant schools and community centres. Stepping Stones volunteers teach SYB students oral English, with a focus on kitchen and baking vocabulary so that they can interact with foreign chefs and customers during their internships.
Be Better was founded in 2009 to equip China’s new generation with social and financial skills. Be Better provides courses on financial skills to SYB students as part of their life skills classes. These courses aim at teaching the young bakers sound and sustainable financial habits, such as how to manage their monthly allowance.