Sunflower provides skilled job training and employment opportunities to diverse young adults with learning differences. Pastry Arts students spend 26 weeks on professional instruction, employee development (resume writing, workplace communication, interviewing), SafeServe training, and employment matching. Thanks to career guidance and an extensive network of employer partners, more than 70% of graduates land a job within 12 months. A 26-week hospitality program exposes students to all front-of-house skills (customer service, communication, inventory and order processing) and to soft skills (goal setting, problem solving, dealing with setbacks). Paid internships put these new skills to use and job coaching services set participants on the road to success. New on the menu? Year-round shipping of Sunflower products, and shipping and packaging as additions to the curriculum. At Sunflower Bakery all persons, regardless of their differences, find opportunities to lead productive lives.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: Montgomery County Public Schools; Private schools in the MetroDC area

  • % of Pastry Arts graduates securing a job within 6 months of program completion:   80%

Awards & Recognition

Ruderman $50,000 Prize in Inclusion (2013)


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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Sunflower Bakery is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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