Future Chefs Model

Founded in 2008, Future Chefs has five years start-up experience and is proud to be “trending up” in Boston’s nonprofit community. We believe every young person is an asset to their community. Future Chefs provides authentic work experience in order to instill a mindset of success, thus strengthening our local economy and building civic responsibility.

Future Chefs’ model is based on the understanding that every student is unique and flourishes in settings that provide:

 High Expectations      Opportunities for Growth     Positive Interactions with Adults

The three phase school-to-career engagement relies on a systemic collaboration with food service employers, social service agencies, and educators to provide standards-based education, preparatory and work-based experiences, youth development, leadership opportunities and referral services. Our consistent, long-term program uniquely prepares and coaches urban teens to meet the demands and expectations of adult employment in any field.

 Phase One: Culinary Exploration
High school Sophomore, Junior, and Senior participants explore the culinary arts industry through direct connections with successful chefs and other food professionals. Regular small and large group activities, meetings, and events build culinary and life skills, self awareness, and commitment to the values of success, hard work, responsibility, excellence, and honesty.

 Phase Two: Developing a Career Plan
High school Seniors work closely with the Future Chefs School-to-Career Staff to create concrete, individualized plans for work and study after high school. Internships, mentoring, and community service are core components of the planning and continued exploration process that prepares youth for their next steps after high school graduation.

 Phase Three: Moving Forward, Giving Back
Future Chefs’ staff coaches and advises each high school graduate as they transition to work, school, or post-secondary training to ensure they are taking the steps necessary to implement their plan successfully. At this level, participants begin to give back to the program by volunteering at events and becoming peer leaders for the incoming cohort of young Future Chefs.

Participants emerge from the program with professional experience and confidence to pursue jobs that are both personally fulfilling and financially sustainable.

We recognize success when participants:
   Complete a 2- or 4-year college degree, program certificate or formal apprenticeship
   Are employed in living wage jobs with opportunities for promotion or other career advancement