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“Changing the way help happens.”

“Changing the way help happens.”

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About Us

The DOJO is the culmination of five civic minded entrepreneurs, Carlos, Tayari, Peter, Nancy, and Kristina determined to change the way help happens through social enterprise. After working a combined 21 years in social work, along with over 18 years in the foodservice industries, The DOJO was created to address the lack of safe, culturally reflective, and productive spaces – an ever growing need in underserved communities. Why the name The DOJO? Because the term DOJO is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way,” and here in the States it generally refers to a martial arts training place. Well, we feel like The DOJO cafe will serve as a safe training place for aspiring residents in underserved communities to discover their way.

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About Us

The DOJO is the culmination of five civic minded entrepreneurs, Carlos, Tayari, Peter, Nancy, and Kristina determined to change the way help happens through social enterprise. After working a combined 21 years in social work, along with over 18 years in the foodservice industries, The DOJO was created to address the lack of safe, culturally reflective, and productive spaces – an ever growing need in underserved communities. Why the name The DOJO? Because the term DOJO is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way,” and here in the States it generally refers to a martial arts training place. Well, we feel like The DOJO cafe will serve as a safe training place for aspiring residents in underserved communities to discover their way.

The Goal

The DOJO’s mission is to create cafes designed by and for underserved communities that serve ethnically diverse drink and food, where local residents can congregate, show off their talents, network, grow, advance social good, and develop social capital within the community. Each cafe solicits the voices, thoughts, diversity and talents of the community through its platform of events, cultural learning experiences, workforce development, and online expression and exposure. The DOJO target audiences are Millennials and Minorities (M&M’s) and diverse cultures to address the lack of safe, culturally reflective, and productive spaces. 

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The Goal

The DOJO’s mission is to create cafes designed by and for underserved communities that serve ethnically diverse drink and food, where local residents can congregate, show off their talents, network, grow, advance social good, and develop social capital within the community. Each cafe solicits the voices, thoughts, diversity and talents of the community through its platform of events, cultural learning experiences, workforce development, and online expression and exposure. The DOJO target audiences are Millennials and Minorities (M&M’s) and diverse cultures to address the lack of safe, culturally reflective, and productive spaces. 

How

We are changing the way help happens through our for-profit social enterprise model, and here’s how:

 

10% of our profits will be shared between employees each quarter ( each DOJO will employ local M & M’s)

 

Food sold will be made by local entrepreneur immigrants and refugees via a partnerships, such as the International Rescue Commission

 

The DOJO will sponsor and mentor our food partners to become viable businesses

 

The DOJO will partner with local schools to create community based internships and class case studies

 

The DOJO will host educational speaker series regarding financial education, personal rights, healthy living, entrepreneurship, home ownership, and other important topics

 

The DOJO will create artisan co-op programs and showcases to increase the exposure of local artists, photographers, and the makers of hand-crafted merchandise

 

And to culminate it all, The DOJO will host and stream live events showcasing local artists and wordsmithing talent by way of rap battles, art shows, concerts, poetry contests, and storytelling competitions

 

How

We are changing the way help happens through our for-profit social enterprise model, and here’s how:

 

10% of our profits will be given to employees each quarter

 

The food we sell will be made by local entrepreneur immigrants and refugees via a partnership with the International Rescue Commission. The DOJO will use profits earned from food sales to sponsor and mentor our partners to become viable businesses

 

The DOJO will partner with local schools to create community based internships and class case studies

 

The DOJO will create artisan co-op programs and showcases to increase the exposure of local artists, photographers, and the makers of hand-crafted merchandise

 

And to culminate it all, The DOJO will host and stream live events showcasing local artists and wordsmithing talent by way of rap battles, art shows, concerts, poetry contests, and storytelling competitions

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

The Dojo Cafe is a social enterprise: a for-profit business with a social mission. Our goal is to create a sustainable model and use our revenue streams to provide free community programs and events. That being said, any contribution you make to The Dojo Cafe can help us bring better programs and events to the community.




Contact Us

Contact Us

Email: smiles@thedojocafe.com
Address: 4350 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, California
 

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