Catalyst Kitchens Blog
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.
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.