SOUTH LOS ANGELES ( — Local students are learning business skills at a South Los Angeles cafe.

The 3 Worlds Cafe, which opened July 6 at 3310 Central Ave., is a student-run enterprise offering healthy snacks and drinks representing the African American, Latino and Asian cultures.

The “social venture” was launched by students with the help of the world renowned Chef Roy Choi of Kogi Taco Truck.

The cafe, in partnership with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), offers a paid internship to students 18 to 24 years old who are interested in learning business theory, customer service skills, marketing and advertising skills and experience running a day to day business.

“Just like education, every child to young adult, when provided accessibility and nurturing of these culinary and creative disciplines, will soar,” a flier promoting the grand opening of the cafe stated.

The concept for 3 Worlds Cafe began in 2011 when Dole Packaged Foods executives and Chef Choi wanted to provide assistance and healthy food training at Jefferson High School, one of the oldest schools in LA.

The students took ownership of the project and began serving healthy food options from a mobile food cart on campus before getting the attention of the CRCD, which then offered a storefront space.


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