The Sustainable Life Project (SLP) provides a structured working and learning environment to emancipated foster youth with the goal of guiding and supporting them through a critical transitionary period in order to help them become empowered, self-sufficient adults.
We believe in the power of food to bring nourishment, healing and opportunity to young lives, and the Sustainable Life Project delivers this to the individuals who need it most. SLP partners with local organizations to recruit young adults aging out of the foster care system to participate in paid six-month culinary internships. Our interns experience working in a fun, fast-paced environment while learning about the production and preparation of healthy, sustainable food.
The SLP internship consists of work experience at a Tender Greens restaurant, field trips to our farms and markets, cooking and nutrition classes, and life skills and employment workshops. Students develop culinary arts skills in the classroom, put them to use while working at Tender Greens, and learn about where the food comes from during field trips to Tender Greens’ partners, including Scarborough Farms, Point Loma Farms, Alegría Fresh, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters, to name a few. Upon completion of the program, interested students are given an opportunity to apply for a full-time job at Tender Greens.
In 2009, Tender Greens began hiring homeless teens to work in their restaurants and saw how the healing power of fresh, healthy food could transform young lives. The Sustainable Life Project was born out of this experience and the desire to break cycles of poverty. The founders of Tender Greens created the program to provide emancipated foster youth access to safe, consistent education and employment opportunities.
Young adults transitioning out of the foster care system face unique challenges that make them especially vulnerable to homelessness and poverty. Distrust, abuse, neglect and general lack of access to resources and guidance often leave them ill equipped to navigate adulthood. Without primary needs like housing, vocational training and legal support being met, these youths frequently don’t have the luxury of dreaming beyond finding shelter and employment. SLP nurtures the personal and professional development of its interns, cultivating the talents, confidence, and mentorships necessary for them to successfully pursue long-term goals.
For more information and to apply, download the application here and please contact:
slp [at] tendergreens.com
310-954-1415 ext. 1013
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