Visitors to Honey-Jam Café may have noticed a new face on the Bolingbrook restaurant’s team lately. She’s Adrianna Venegas, a student in Valley View’s Secondary Transition Experience Program (S.T.E.P.), and thanks to the generosity of Honey-Jam Chief Operating Officer Kirk Mauriello, she is enjoying the benefits of STEP’s successful community work program.
“Our program is designed to help our students learn skills that they can take into the community to obtain employment when they leave us,” said STEP Transition Specialist Kelly Walsh.
“When I heard about the program, I immediately thought that our culture at Honey-Jam Café would be a perfect fit for a young person looking to learn and be part of something,” Mauriello said.
The 20-year-old Venegas was one of three STEP students who went through a “performance tryout” designed to give students a chance to see if they like it while giving community partners an opportunity to make sure they’ve made the right decision.