Our Story

The M&E Program is a job and life skills program that seeks to equip youth who’ve aged out of foster care with the tools necessary to make the transition to self-sufficient adulthood. Youth engaged in the M&E program are surrounded by a community of supportive adults that they can rely on both during and after their time in the program. Participants are employed at the M&E cafe while participating in the program.

What is Success

We realize to change the world and the system is going to take time. In the meantime, our focus is fully, thoughtfully, and intentionally serving the youth that make the journey through our program. This has resulted in much more stable lives once youth have graduated the program.

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"The Monkey & The Elephant is a great example of an organization taking an innovative approach to creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds."

Former Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter



Timeline

2008

In the winter of 2008 Lisa traveled to South Africa. While there she met a 16-year-old Zimbabwean refugee. When he turned 18, he aged out of eligibility for support in South Africa. He lost his refugee status, had to put his education on hold and was forced to return to Zimbabwe. It was a really dangerous trip for him to make, so they decided to have a passcode when they spoke to make sure he was safe. They used a simple system: their favorite animals — Lisa’s was the monkey, his was the elephant.

 

When Lisa returned home she was inspired by what she had experienced with her friend in Africa and wanted to help others like him here in the U.S.  With a background in coffee already under her belt, Lisa decided to open Philadelphia’s first non-profit coffee shop, which would benefit former foster youth.  With Lisa’s help, Philadelphia-area foster youth now have a community and a place to call their own.


2011

Idea begins.

2012

Pop-Up at Taffet’s with Michell (First Youth)!

2013

Pop-Up at The Transfer Station with Ken.

2015

2014

Pop-Up at The Impact Hub.

Turning Point Prize to Fund Pilot Program with Tyrone and Naje.

Opened first brick-and-mortar location at 2831 West Girard Avenue, with five youth employees


Leadership Team

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Anne Harrison, Executive Director

We are excited to welcome Anne Harrison as M&E's new Executive Director. Anne brings a wealth of knowledge in nonprofit management, youth development and creative entrepreneurship and is ready to put her knowledge to work at M&E.  Anne joins us from the Out of School Time Department in the Office of Children and Families. Previously, Anne led the Children and Youth Departments at Congreso de Latinos Unidos and Fleisher Art Memorial.  As an artist and consultant for national projects, Anne also brings an entrepreneurial spirit and creative process to her work. 

“This is exactly the right time to lead a small business and support young people who have been excluded from opportunities.  The mission is bigger than the moment. Innovations are built during challenging times, when we are all willing to dig deeper, connect authentically and make things happen!”

Stay tuned for more from Anne and her future plans for The Monkey & The Elephant.


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Lisa Miccolis, Founder

Lisa Miccolis, our Executive Director/Founder of The Monkey & The Elephant, has more than eight years of experience working as a barista and café supervisor. She spent a year coaching low-income youth at YouthBuild in North Philadelphia before journeying abroad to South Africa, where she met Ephraim, the young boy who inspired The Monkey & The Elephant. Since earning a B.A. in Psychology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Lisa has dedicated considerable time to building The Monkey & The Elephant from the ground up.


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Rai Lewis, General Manager

Rai Lewis, our General Manager, spent five years working in youth development in Philadelphia, including leading life skills classes for youth under the Department of Human Services’ care. Rai earned BA in Psychology from Hampton University. After completing her Masters in Business Administration at Eastern University, Rai launched her own vegan food business. Rai’s experience working with youth combined with her training in business administration and passion for food make her a key member of our leadership team.


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Meghan Ryan, Program Coordinator

Meghan Ryan, our Program Coordinator, comes to us from Brooklyn, NYC where she specialized in adolescent  development and community based programming.  After earning BSW from Temple University and an MSW from Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work, Meghan's career took her to the Red Hook Houses where she intensely mentored over 50 adolescents over a span of 10 years.  These close relationships gave Meghan an understanding about the complex realities of adolescence for bright young people who have been under resourced and experienced systemic oppression. Meghan's work is at the intersection of helping young people to gain the skills and resources they need for personal growth and transformation, while shedding light on and fighting against the systems and realities in our society that perpetuate racism and injustice.


Board of Directors

Paul Patterson , Chair  Associate Professor of English, Saint Joseph's University

Paul Patterson, Chair

Associate Professor of English, Saint Joseph's University

Lindsay Schoonmaker,  Vice Chair  Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia VIP

Lindsay Schoonmaker, Vice Chair

Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia VIP

Reina Prowler,  Treasurer  Chief Financial Officer, Children’s Literacy Initiative

Reina Prowler, Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Children’s Literacy Initiative

Eric Trumbower,  Secretary  Manager, Volunteer Services and Director, Camp Erin Philadelphia at Penn Medicine Hospice

Eric Trumbower, Secretary

Manager, Volunteer Services and Director, Camp Erin Philadelphia at Penn Medicine Hospice

Morenike Williams   Senior Manager and Divisional Lead, Vanguard

Morenike Williams

Senior Manager and Divisional Lead, Vanguard

Michael Cooper   Associate Director of Compliance, Adaptimmune US

Michael Cooper

Associate Director of Compliance, Adaptimmune US

Iola Harper   Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Economic Opportunity City of Philadelphia

Iola Harper

Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Economic Opportunity City of Philadelphia

George Maynes   Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

George Maynes

Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Samantha Tomer   Therapist, Brynn Cicippio, LMFT & Associates and Academic, Advisor, Penn State Abington

Samantha Tomer

Therapist, Brynn Cicippio, LMFT & Associates and Academic, Advisor, Penn State Abington

Lori Zaspel   Co-Founder and Doula, Philly Death Doula Collective; Social Worker, Mercy LIFE West Philadelphia

Lori Zaspel

Co-Founder and Doula, Philly Death Doula Collective; Social Worker, Mercy LIFE West Philadelphia

Ted Domers   Principal, G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science, School District of Philadelphia

Ted Domers

Principal, G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science, School District of Philadelphia

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