Youth Microenterprises


At Latino Network, we believe innovative education and economic opportunities are critical for a thriving community. Cambio Café and Palomitas Kettlecorn, Latino Network’s youth microenterprise initiatives, empower at-risk and gang-involved youth with a sense of pride, entrepreneurial spirit, and practical business skills.

While working at Cambio Café or Palomitas Kettlecorn, youth build their confidence and their resumes while gaining the following benefits:

  • Work experience
  • Monetary stipend
  • On-going mentoring
  • Customer service skills
  • On-the-job understanding of how to run a business.

Program Details

Interested Latino youth participate in a business and job readiness training, led by Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, before being appointed to a microenterprise.

Palomitas Kettlecorn operates on Saturdays from April to September at the Gresham Saturday Market. Bags are $5 and can also be purchased at Latino Network offices. Cambio Café will operate at Gresham City Hall starting summer 2016.

Contact David DiMatteo 503.283.6881 or to learn more.

Thank you to our partners and funders Oregon Department of Education Youth Development Council, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of  Commerce, City of Gresham, Gresham Saturday Market.