Why Sunflower?

Sunflower is a one-of-a-kind program and the only inclusive training program in Maryland that trains young adults with learning differences for employment success in pastry arts, baking or related industries. We are so proud of the 165 students, staff and teens served so far at our Bakery and Café since we began in 2010.

Through an integrated, community-based model, Sunflower Bakery programs have evolved into sought-after skilled employment training for young adults with a range of learning differences.

Consider the scale and scope of the challenges facing people with learning differences:

According to the Maryland Disability Status Report, 2014 American Community Survey, the employment rate for working-age people with cognitive disabilities is 28.8%, compared to 80.8% of working-age people without disabilities.

Employment Gap

People without disabilities of working-age People with cognitive disabilities of working-age

Sunflower Bakery is part of the solution to connect adults who have learning differences to skilled workforce training and employment opportunities.