Thursday, December 12 | Submitted by Lawren Askinosie
Askinosie Chocolate, in partnership with Drury University, selected 13 Springfield high school students for participation in their upcoming Chocolate University program. These students, along with Shawn Askinosie, founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, will travel to Tanzania, where Askinosie Chocolate sources a portion of its cocoa beans, in August 2014.
Through its Chocolate University program, Askinosie Chocolate has developed a relationship with the Mwaya Secondary School, in the Kyela district of Tanzania, over the past four years. During the trip, the Chocolate University students will participate the cocoa business firsthand by meeting with the farmers and aiding with community development projects already in place at Mwaya.
Before the trip, the students will spend time at Askinosie Chocolate as well as Drury University to take part in a chocolate immersion with classes about the chocolate industry, social entrepreneurship and leadership. The orientation begins at Drury University on December 14. The Chocolate University class of 2014 is as follows: Madeline Hession, Claire Wang,
Abby Lee, Meredith Waites, Arjo Mitra, Samuel Snodgrass, Sophie Wang, Matthew Gibson, Tabitha Frey, Erin Couch, Rylee Ackerman, Elizabeth Ghan and Hussain Rao. This is the third Tanzanian Chocolate University trip, with groups led by Askinosie also travelling to the Kyela district in the summers of 2010 and 2012.
To follow the journey and learn more, go to Chocolate University’s website at chocolateuniversity.org, or Askinosie Chocolate’s Facebook page at facebook.com/askinosie.chocolate.
About Chocolate University:
Chocolate University is a neighborhood and global outreach and experiential learning initiative of Askinosie Chocolate. It was formed with a vision to provide a learning experience to Boyd Elementary, Pipkin Middle School and local high school students through the lens of artisan chocolate making and small business. The goals of the project are to inspire the children about entrepreneurship and a world beyond their own. Askinosie Chocolate funds Chocolate University through 100% of their tour proceeds and generous contributions.
About Askinosie Chocolate:
Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Mo., sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, travels to regions of Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the Outcome™. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other; sharing the Askinosie Chocolate Experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.
Contact: Lawren Askinosie, 417-862-9900 (office), email@example.com