We are excited to celebrate with Catalyst Kitchens member City Light Community Ministries as they graduated their first class last week! With support from our Catalyst Consulting team, City Light celebrates five graduates from their first culinary class, each completing 12 weeks of job training & seeking employment in the culinary industry.
Chef Timothy has been helping students find their path with The Salvation Army for almost 15 years. His organization, the Kroc Center of Boston, has recently joined the Catalyst Kitchens network through the Jacques Pepin Foundation scholarship fund, an effort to open more doors for small culinary training programs to access Catalyst Kitchens member resources and programmatic support.
"If I wouldn't have gone through this program, there is no way I was just going to step out on faith and go and do a catering business,” Gioia says. Gioia served as president of Liberty Kitchen's Youth Leadership Council, starting her on the path to success in the food industry.
This year we are thrilled to recognize Jeru Gobeze, Café & Training Program Manager at Fresh Grounds by RS EDEN in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been with Fresh Grounds for close to 4 years and is a leader in teaching young adults to master barista skills, improve their customer service, and understand how to be successful in the workplace. Jeru does a little bit of everything at Fresh Grounds, providing 1:1 training support for students and managing the café’s sales and revenue targets.
For students with adverse and traumatic experiences in their past, mindfulness assists with bodily awareness, emotional regulation, pain management and relief, and in alleviating PTSD symptoms. Each morning of the Café Reconcile program, students will participate in a mindfulness exercise led by a program instructor to begin the day in a positive way.
There are 4.9 million young people in America between 16-24 years old who are out of school or not working. That’s 1 in 7 young people that are disconnected from our economy. At the same time, we know that early employment experiences give youth exposure to the workplace and can set young people on a path towards a living wage career.
Social enterprises' financial structures are not very clear cut: it is important to know where the business ends and the training program begins to inform your strategy and your funders. Find the true cost of the training program to identify opportunities for fundraising and business growth.
Invest in your community and watch your program thrive; neglect your community’s needs and watch your program struggle. Invest time and resources in these four major partnerships for your program's growth and longevity.
The Maryland Food Bank is a major force throughout Maryland and distributes enough food to provide more than 37 MILLION meals throughout the state annually. In 2010, they decided they wanted to do even more and started FoodWorks, a 12 week culinary training program with job readiness and placement support. They have prepared 200+ graduates for culinary employment since the program’s inception.
#GivingTuesday is on November 27th, 2018. Is your program ready to take advantage of the national fundraising movement?