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Teen Exposure Program

Teen Exposure Program

Teen baking classes and work exposure for students in high school ages 16 through graduation, with a variety of learning disabilities, ADHD, high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome. Classes provide a hands-on opportunity to experience baking in a professional kitchen, learn basic baking skills, safe food handling, kitchen safety, and have a taste of job expectations.

Teen students decorating cookies

Teen students and their end of program products

Teen students preparing jam thumbprint cookies with instructor

Teen program students decorating cookies and instructor

Topics covered

  • following recipes
  • measuring and weighing ingredients
  • using equipment and tools
  • piping
  • mixing
  • scooping
  • rolling
  • cleaning

Featured “soft skills”

  • following directions
  • sharing equipment/tools
  • appropriate communication
  • focus
  • being a team member.

For 2022-23, 8 sessions are offered between August and June. Sessions are held on four consecutive Sundays from 12:30-3pm. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be at least 16 years old at the start of their session. All classes are held at 5951 Halpine Road in Rockville.  See dates and times on the Application Form.

Safety is of utmost concern in a kitchen with industrial equipment and sharp tools.

Potential risk factors include uncontrolled seizures, difficulties with balance, control of 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, their personal support person may attend the class. Generally, teens are expected to participate as one of 4 students with a professional Chef Instructor and two assistants.

The 2022-2023 sessions are now full. Please contact us at teens@sunflowerbakery.org if you would like more information or have any questions or concerns.