Sweet Things Bakeshop
Program Associate Miladys Ramirez bakes for and helps run the Girls’ Club Brain-Trust and We Mean Business programs. She introduces many of the girls as “she’s like my daughter.” Amanda, Miladys’ niece, never liked cooking before, but now does. Someday she may be a chef or open a restaurant.
Miladys: I started volunteering one December, we were baking cookies, and I just started baking and I thought, it’s really not me, but I’m stuck here. It was okay, because I learned so much, now I know how to bake muffins and how to bake cookies from scratch. 5 years ago I started bringing my girls here, and went from being volunteer, to part-time 3 years, full-time a year.
My two daughters have been through the program, including the one that’s
here. I love it because it’s great working with the girls, we
teach them business management, duties that you have to do here, setting
up. But it’s good for them; they can use this for reference for
Valerie (14) – Manager (and member), supervises
girls. Valerie used to come around the bakery at the age of 8 or 9.
She helps her mom at home, but doesn’t cook at home anymore because
most of the time she’s here.
Talia (17) – Manager and member expects to be a psychology
major, she graduates high school in January.
June Russell – Head Baker has been in food
business about 15 years, and has done everything from cooking, bread-making
Ngina Duckett – Director of Marketing
This job is perfect! It combines my interest with business and with baking and I get to teach too, and not only is it very energizing to be around kids, but it forces me to think about the things I’ve learned and break it down into very simple concepts.
I learned to bake just with my mom, and I kind of picked it up. My parents didn’t really didn’t eat sugar and white flour, and we have Fanny Farmer books, so I was always experimenting with different kinds of flours or sweeteners. So I guess I really liked that experimenting part.
Do you see baking as being a big part of your future?