From increasing our in-person workshop offerings to launching our first year of mentorship and data champions programming, we are continually finding new ways to meet your organization’s needs. In 2019 we grew our membership network by 22 members and served 66 unique organizations through our consulting services. Through it all, we’ve been impressed and inspired by all of the amazing work happening around the country. As we gear up for 2020, we’d like to take this moment to celebrate the successes of our membership network.
Everyone needs a cheerleader sometimes. Students at Model Member Kitchens for Good have found theirs in Katrina Meredith, Director of Workforce Development, who works to support students through the program with encouragement and by holding them accountable for their actions. Her tough love approach to counseling has paid off with Kitchen for Good's 75% graduation rate.
Providence is stepping up their game in providing advanced training with their 2 year residency program. The result is a $4-$6 wage increase for student graduates. Learn how this program is making an impact on their students' careers.
Sometimes, the best way to learn is to do. Employer partners are throwing their hat in the ring to host students to work in their kitchens. Model Member Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is leading the way with their advanced training internship model, a 16 week program for graduates to get hands-on experience in the kitchen and a chance for a full time job offer.
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.