Thirteen: A Social Enterprise (African Spices)
Thirteen A Social Enterprise (13:ASE) is a youth entrepreneurial program of the Parkdale Food Centre. 13:ASE engage youth who are seeking employment and skills development opportunities in the operation of our social enterprises. 13:ASE make and sell African spice mixes inspired by the country participants of the program have come from . By engaging participants in all aspects of business decisions and development, in a collaborative and supported space, this program helps participants gain strong emotional and social skills as well as confidence in themselves and their future. 13:ASE also serves as an entry point into the labour market. It provides a supportive first work experience and the opportunity to build a social and professional network. The skills that participants and peer mentors develop through 13:ASE are directly related to improving access to work experience, obtaining experience, gaining community connections, and language development.