Tender Greens began hiring homeless teens to work in their restaurants and saw how food can bring healing and opportunity to young lives. The founders of Tender Greens and Scarborough Farms created a program to provide transitioning foster youth access to a safe, consistent learning and living environment.
The Sustainable Life Project partners with local organizations to recruit young adults transitioning out of the foster care system to participate in a 12-week culinary arts and agriculture internship program. Youth transitioning out of foster care face unique challenges that make them especially vulnerable. Distrust, abuse, neglect and general lack of access to resources and guidance often make navigating adulthood difficult. Without primary needs like housing, vocational training and legal support, these youth frequently don’t have the luxury of dreaming beyond finding a home and employment.
The Sustainable Life Project (SLP), developed by the founders of Tender Greens Restaurants, believes firmly in the power of food to bring nourishment, healing and opportunity to young lives.
The Sustainable Life Project (SLP) offers a 12-week curriculum consisting of a culinary arts internship at a Tender Greens restaurant, field trips to working farms and markets, and creative arts classes held at Inner-City Arts in Downtown Los Angeles. Students work on culinary arts skills in the classroom, put them to use while working at Tender Greens and take field trips to Tender Greens’ partners including Scarborough Farms, Hollywood Farmer’s Market, La Brea Bakery, Silver Lake Farms and ReRide Ranch, to name a few, to learn about where food comes from. For their final evaluation, students prepare three dishes using ingredients in a mystery basket Iron Chef-like competition and are critiqued by their peers. Upon completion of the 12-week program, students who are interested are given the best opportunity possible to get a job at Tender Greens. For more information, please contact:
310-954-1415 ext. 1002
310-954-1415 ext. 1010
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