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 and provide authentic work experiences to instill the mindset and habits of success, thus strengthening our local economy and building civic engagement.

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

 High Expectations      Opportunities to Grow     Supportive Interactions with Adults

APPROACH
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 and 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: Industry Exploration and Program Commitment
High school sophomore and junior participants explore the culinary arts industry through field trips, service learning activities, cooking instruction and regular meetings with peers. They build culinary and life skills, self awareness and commitment to the values of success: reliability, integrity, professionalism and perseverance.

PHASE TWO: Developing a Career Plan
High school seniors work closely with the School-to-Career staff to create concrete, individualized plans for work and study after high school. Internships, mentoring, community service, financial aid coaching and job placement are core components of the planning and continued exploration process.

PHASE THREE: Working the Plan
Future Chefs continues to coach and advise each high school graduate for 1-3 they transition to work, school or post-secondary training. Continued support is critical during this risky time to ensure they are taking the steps necessary to implement their plan successfully.

OUTCOMES
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
   Have access to living wage internships and jobs with opportunities for promotion or other career advancement