Enterprise RESTART is a program of Cambridge Academies – a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to serve at-risk youth and their families. Enterprise RESTART grew out of a renewed awareness in the community of the need to offer a way to ‘get back on track’ to those who have been ‘derailed by life.’ Having had success in developing and providing educational programs and having a very successful private practice in the area of success coaching, the Executive Director of Cambridge Academies, Dr. Geni Boyer saw the opportunity to adapt her training material for a new population, the homeless. She conducted two very successful pilot programs at the Modesto Gospel Mission in 2015 and out of those pilot programs, Enterprise RESTART and the vision for a local Transformation Center was born.
The Enterprise RESTART program comes from a focus on helping students get engaged in our free enterprise system – be gainfully employed or start their own businesses – and the RESTART element refers those who are currently experiencing homelessness or unemployment and want a new start. The strategy includes a screening interview process to determine the applicant’s commitment to a new future, weekly group classes which focus on learning new habits and skills, and support through a four-month period to incorporate these new behaviors and achievement mindset into a new lifestyle.
Currently, access to the classes is through community organizations which contract with Enterprise RESTART to provide a class for their constituents. Modesto Gospel Mission and the Center for Human Services have been our initial partners.
Our vision for this community is that all who eagerly desire to get a RESTART in their life would have access to a transformative class that gives them the opportunity to become self-sufficient and provide for themselves and their families in the way they desire.
We believe that Enterprise RESTART is part of the answer to the need so many in our community have to press the RESTART button in their lives. Together, we can provide hope and a future - changing the lives and legacies for the next generation.