Catering Charity Teaches At-Risk Youth Valuable Job Skills
They learn skills useful on the job and at home
Next Generation Caterers tries to tackle this problem by preparing low-income young people in the Bronx for careers in gastronomy with a paid internship, according to The New York Times. The interns at the program learn to cook, cut, bake and serve under the guidance of Catering Manager LuAnne Blaauboer.
Recently, the Neediest Cases Fund paid the fees for the program's interns to take the New York State food preparation exam, which all three passed. "When you have that certification, it basically says, 'Hey, I know every single thing about food,'" said Lester Amaya, 20. "There's a high possibility you can get a high-paying job at a good restaurant."
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