About Us

Mission Statement

Empowering young people toward a positive future through holistic mentoring programs, workplace training and a dedicated community space that they can call their own

Emerge is a social impact organisation that provides work experience, mentorship programs and support for disengaged & at-risk youth in the Toowoomba & Darling Downs Region.

The project combines healthy catering services in a mobile food van to provide work experience and training for young people, a dedicated youth drop-in space and mentoring programs aimed at empowering young people towards a healthier and more positive life.

Emerge was founded by Jen Shaw, a local Toowoomba food personality and social entrepreneur who overcame many challenges and disadvantages in her youth to become a positive and valuable member of the community. With a dedicated team of change makers and volunteers, Jen is committed to providing the same opportunities to the young people of Toowoomba in a community-driven, non-government and non-religious platform that complements existing services in the region.

As a social enterprise, we put 100% of our profits back into our youth and community programs as well as provide a dedicated youth space where young people can access safe mentors, resources and have a place to call their own.

Every time you order catering from us, hire our kitchen or host an event in our space you help us provide real work experience, training and positive outcomes for Toowoomba’s young people.