Catalyst Kitchens Blog

We’re All in This Together
Supporting Your Community & Catalyst Kitchens Member Relief Efforts  

Our realities have changed seemingly overnight. CK members are on the front lines of relief efforts for those directly affected by this crisis, including low-income and food insecure populations. Here are some ways you can lend your support. 

Scaling Nonprofit Impact Through Consulting

June 12, 2019

Six strategies for nonprofits looking to generate earned revenue and scale their social impact through consulting. Article originally published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in collaboration with Ventures. Written by Catalyst Kitchens Director Renee Martin, Jen Hughes, Director of Programs at Ventures, and Will von Geldern, Director of Advocacy and Communications at Ventures. 

Helping Youth Programs Build Brighter Futures

June 11, 2019

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.

Youth Leader to Company Owner: Gioia's Story from Liberty's Kitchen

April 24, 2019

"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.

Meet Jeru Gobeze, the 2018 Catalyst for Change Award Winner!

April 23, 2019

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.

How to Manage Student Trauma with Mindfulness Practices with Cafe Reconcile

April 18, 2019

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.