On Thursday, March 19th from 11:00am to 1:00pm, the kids from R.O.Y. will be selling hot soup and soup mixes they’ve been creating and learning how to market. The event will be held at the organizationâ€™s office lobby at 604 SE Water Street.
This is Portland, Oregon’ non-profit Youth Progress Association (YPA) first Soup Day sale to benefit the R.O.Y project, YPAâ€™s vocational training program. The R.O.Y. project (Recovering Oregon Youth) is our vocational training program which includes the soup project, designed to help lower-functioning youth gain work experience and practice social skills in a supportive environment and easing their transition into employment outside of YPA.
The young adults in R.O.Y. have created their soup in a tube product from design, to recipes, packaging and marketing. Soup Day will be an opportunity for the public to sample the soups, learn about the program and purchase the dried mixes. On offer for the first Soup Day will be â€œKathyâ€™s Classic Black Beanâ€, â€œ4+1 Mixed Beanâ€ and â€œHasta la Pastaâ€ versions. $3 will buy a large bowl of one of the soups, or a sampler of all three and will include a slice of bread or corn bread. Sodas and dessert items will also be available. Gift baskets of the soups will also be available for purchase.
Program Coordinator Suzie McDermott said â€œThe kids are so excited to see their soup made available to the public. This will be a wonderful opportunity for them to see the final step in the process. They have really succeeded at creating a delicious product and look forward to the opportunity to have the soups available for sale.â€
Soup Day is expected to become a monthly event at YPA with future dates to be determined. All proceeds will directly benefit the R.O.Y. Project at Youth Progress Association.
Youth Progress Association (YPA) is a non-profit, independent living organization that has been providing Oregon’s youth with the skills necessary to become successful community members since 1964. Our clients range in age from 15 to 24, have diverse backgrounds, and come from all over Oregon. The majority of our clients have either been involved in the juvenile justice system or have no appropriate home resource with whom to live. Youth Progress clients are often labeled as “difficult to treat” and have typically been rejected from other placements due to behaviors or background. Youth Progress specializes in working with these youth by providing them with individualized opportunities to succeed. Youth Progress Association provides opportunities to approximately 80 Oregon youth each year..
If you have questions about it, contact Michael Marantic by email, here.
WE AT SOUP SWAP.com wish everyone at R.O.Y. GOOD LUCK!