Summer Teen Exposure Program

Applications for our 2018 Summer Teen Exposure Program sessions will be posted here in March 2018.

Sunflower Bakery offers four, one-week summer baking classes for teens 14-18, with a variety of learning disabilities, ADHD, high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome. These classes are a wonderful opportunity to experience baking in a professional kitchen, while learning basic baking skills, safe food handling and kitchen safety.

The ProgramSummer Teen Program 2016

Topics covered include following recipes, measuring and weighing ingredients, using equipment and tools, piping, mixing, scooping, rolling and cleaning. Teens are also introduced to “soft skills” such as following directions, sharing equipment/tools, appropriate communication, focusing and being a team member. On Fridays, parents are invited to see their teen’s creations.

Classes are 1:00-3:30pm daily M-F at our kitchen in Gaithersburg. Dates for Summer 2017:
June 2017 session

  • Session 1: June 26- June 30

July 2017 sessions

  • Session 2: July 10- July 14
  • Session 3: July 17- July 21
  • Session 4: July 24-July 28

Summer Teen Exposure Program Printable Flyer

A Safe EnvironmentSummer Teen Experience 2016

Screening criteria are necessary to ensure the safety of everyone. Potential risk factors include: uncontrolled seizures, difficulties with balance, controlling anger or frustration, sensitivity to sensory irritants, and/or inability to remain standing throughout the 2½-hour class. If a student requires 1:1 assistance, a personal support staff person may attend the class. Generally, teens are expected to participate as one of 6 students with an instructor-chef and two assistants.

How to Apply

Please complete the Participant Application form to apply. When your application is received, we will contact you for an interview. A brief intake is required which is scheduled in advance. Please contact Sara Portman Milner at for more information.

Volunteers 16 years and older help participants learn to bake. To apply, submit the Volunteer Application Form.

“Connor was fully immersed in the program and looked forward to attending each day. We were extremely happy that he wanted to go … and … more pleased when he came home very enthusiastic ..  I truly thank you for taking the time to immerse him in a teaching environment and expose him to a possible career path.”

Connor’s Mom

Connor Pennanen