Catalyst Kitchens Blog
We piloted our first mentorship program this January with twelve mentors & mentees paired across the network to advance their professional goals on both sides of the relationship. Using Lisa Ann Edwards' mentoring approach, our program focused on asking mentees the right questions to arrive at the answers themselves.
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.
Close to 40% of the Catalyst Kitchens member network serves disconnected youth. In May 2019, we held our first Youth & Young Adult Workshop to bring these programs together for an inspiring week in New Orleans full of learning and valuable connection.
"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.