My Y Cafe

MY Y Cafe is the Osaka YMCA Global Department’s own social enterprise serving delicious coffee, tea and snacks to staff, students and YMCA stakeholders.  MY Y Cafe uses fair trade coffee beans grown by the Pha Hi Village (Akha Tribe farm) in Chiang Mai, roasted here in Japan and sold at Osaka YMCA Tosabori facility.  Proceeds go to the Akha Tribe,  supporting the Wakatake home education facility also in Chiang Mai and to subsidize Osaka YMCA global programs.  

  • To use organic, fair trade products where possible.  
  • To raise funds for Osaka YMCA Global youth leadership programs such as the GYC and Youth for Causes.
  • To run itself sustainably
  • To provide training and volunteer work experience opportunities for young people

Volunteering at MY Y Cafe will give you a great opportunity to gain valuable customer service and barista skills. 

Are you: 

  • 15 years or older?
  • Do you have an interest in coffee and the hospitality industry?
  • Are you interested in social enterprise?
  • Do you like working with like-minded people?

Then this role is for you!

At the Osaka YMCA, we define Social Enterprise as follows:

An organisation, entity or business which provides opportunities, social outcomes and/or training to disadvantaged people.

We feel that the above definition provides a framework for action, particularly for projects that arise out of our Youth for Causes, My Y Cafe and Global Youth Conference programs.
Social enterprise can be described as fitting in between the economic realms of business and charity. A social enterprise acts as a business in its setup and structure, and aims to generate a profit. However, it uses that profit to provide social services and outcomes to people in need, like a charity.

Osaka YMCA has 2 social enterprise projects. These are: 

Youth for Causes 

Our Youth for Causes program is currently run in collaboration with the Osaka YMCA International Business College.  It gives participants an opportunity to start their own social enterprise, learn business skills, support a community project or create their own.  It’s a practical, challenging and fun project that can bring about real change.
The good news is that the program will be open to young people in the Kansai area from April  2020. If you are interested in creating a Youth for Causes team contact us now and find out how you can get involved. 

My Y Cafe 

My Y Cafe - a mobile coffee stall - is Osaka YMCA Global’s very own social enterprise project which helps to raise funds to support other Global programs and provide professional training opportunities for young people interested in working in the hospitality industry.  When possible, My Y Cafe uses fair trade coffee beans to make its coffee products.

Fill out our My Y Cafe Online Application Form here
Or for further inquiries contact the Global Office directly here