What is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is an organization that addresses a basic unmet need or solves a social problem through a market-drive approach (Social Enterprise Alliance)
Why did you choose candles for a social enterprise?
Candles are a timeless and elegant product that also serve as a beautiful manifestation of our belief in the spark and light that resides in everyone. We also found that candle production is a great fit for a workforce development program because we can train people quickly, which allows us to focus on other transferable skills. We wanted a product that would make our program accessible to all skill levels so that we can support the growth and development of as many young moms as possible.
When was Bright Endeavors founded?
Bright Endeavors was founded by two female social entrepreneurs in 2007. In 2010, we merged with New Moms, a non-profit in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago that provides wraparound services for young moms, including housing and family support programs.
What kinds of jobs do your participants get after Bright Endeavors?
Our participants find work in a wide variety of industries! We work with each participant throughout their time at Bright Endeavors to identify the types of job opportunities they want to explore. Popular industries include: retail, hospitality/food services, transportation and healthcare.
How long do the moms work at Bright Endeavors?
We offer a 16 week program. Our young moms are paid for the entirety of their time in our program, which includes classroom training as well as time on our production floor.
How can I stay informed about your program?
We would love to stay in touch! Please follow us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) and subscribe to our email updates on our website to receive notifications about our program and sweet candle deals. We promise we won’t fill your inbox with unnecessary emails – just occasional notes to check in.
Why soy candles?
We love that soy is a renewable resource and is biodegradable. Soy wax is also known for its longer burn time (compared to paraffin wax) and produces a non-toxic burn.
Do you ship internationally?
Not yet, but hopefully we will continue to grow and can offer it soon!