Something special is brewing at Broadway Joe’s. The new coffee shop inside the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Building was created by Cincinnati Public Schools students enrolled in Project SEARCH, a program offered in partnership with Easterseals.
Project SEARCH prepares high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for community employment by providing real-world work experiences. Easterseals provides job coaching and development for the CPS program, along with those based at Boone County High School, Butler Tech, Great Oaks, and Warren County Career Center.
The interns were involved in every step of creating the business, from a field trip to the La Terza Coffee Roasterie in Cincinnati to developing the name of the coffee shop. “Broadway, ‘cause we’re on Broadway – and we figured out Joe, because, you know – a cup of joe,” Project SEARCH intern Alexis Peppers told WCPO 9 News for their recent “Positively Cincinnati” segment.
Of all the work experience Project SEARCH offers, “I definitely think this is my favorite because our students came up with the dream or plan to be entrepreneurs, and it’s given them that customer-service experience,” Cincinnati Public Schools Intervention Specialist and Project Search instructor Grant Stanley said.
The Project SEARCH interns have been supported in their entrepreneurship by Easterseals lead job developer Walter Junewick. The coffee shop is open mornings from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, located at 800 Broadway Street in Downtown Cincinnati. It is scheduled to remain open through the end of the 2021Cincinnati Public school year.