Pecans!: born in 2009 from a HEROyouth* marketing assignment, is revered not only for its quality of taste, but for its business model. Pecans! is not only a sustainable small business, but co-serves as a job training opportunity for at-risk HEROyouth to gain valuable food service skills. Utilizing home grown ingredients to forge its pecan butter, sugared pecans and pecan brittle, it is a must taste in the South. To make it even sweeter, all Pecans! profits go to the HEROyouth Scholarship Fund that rewards three (3) scholarships annually to HEROyouth students who are pursuing a post-secondary degree.
*HEROyouth serves 18 at-risk, out-of-school youth annually through GED courses, job training and career readiness activities.
Alveter Bennett was born and raised in Greensboro and has participated in the HEROyouth program for two (2) years. Alveter came to HEROyouth a single mother, without a high school degree or job experience. Through the job training she received under Pecans! she has been hired as the new Pecans! Production Manager. Alveter will be attending college in the Fall to pursue a Culinary Arts degree. She is truly an inspiration to the entire Greensboro community!
Pictured at left: Alveter Bennett
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