On June 26th, FoodSchool.us was honored to host a panel of experts on the food industry and second chance employment at our Growing Inclusive Restaurants workshop. We'd like to thank our amazing panel, engaged attendees, and of course our fabulous event host/caterer for making the event such a success.
In case you missed it, or would like a refresher, check out our event video!
PABLO GAXIOLA, NEW OPPORTUNITY WORK PROGRAM AT GOODWILL OF SILICON VALLEY
The NOW Program equips returning citizens with the necessary tools to navigate the difficult transition to mainstream and full-time employment. The program assists with resume preparation, job interview techniques, and transportation access, teaches Moral Reconation Therapy® and provides motivation and support during 90 days of transitional, part time employment within Goodwill’s onsite business operations. The program achieves exceptional results, with 70% of all program participants obtaining full-time permanent employment within 90 days.
EMMA ROSENBUSH, CALA
CALA restaurant is the San Francisco debut of celebrated Mexico City chef Gabriella Camera and is setting a new standard for Mexican fine dining in the city. Largely behind the scenes, general manager Emma Rosenbush has turned San Francisco’s tough labor market into an opportunity for returning citizens in San Francisco. As the primary recruiter, trainer and manager of a 50% prior-incarcerated staff, Emma has proven their hiring practices can lead to success in fine dining, and has generously agreed to share her expertise with you.
NELLIE LEE, COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA REENTRY RESOURCE CENTER
The Reentry Resource Center is a ‘one-stop-shop’ that facilitates successful reintigration for Santa Clara County’s returning citizens. The center employs evidence-based practices to strengthen families, reduce recidivism and build safer communities through a seamless system of services, supports and supervision.
The Fresh Starts Culinary Academy is a tuition free, ten week, American Culinary Federation certified program that prepares Homeward Bound residents and low income community members for careers in the culinary industry. The course teaches food preparation and safety, recipe sizing, knife skills, service, workplace standards, teamwork and conflict resolution. The program is a model member of the Catalyst Kitchens network, and incorporates significant hands-on work experience to prep graduates for success.
GENEVIEVE MARTIN, DAVE'S KILLER BREAD FOUNDATION
The foundation is the nonprofit arm of Dave’s Killer Bread, a successful national brand employing 30% formerly incarcerated people. The foundation works to promote background friendly hiring practices by organizing second chance employment summits, producing informational content, and facilitating the second chance network. The programming developed by the foundation helps employers develop a more complete understanding of the why and how to implement Second Chance Employment within their organizations.
EPHRAIM COLBERT, RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTERS UNITED
Ephraim is the California employer coordinator for RAISE, a community of over 200 employer members of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. RAISE members are committed to professionalizing the industry, increasing wages and improving working conditions and standards for America's restaurant workers.
Our workshop will took place at the flagship campus of the Center for Employment Training, a highly successful nonprofit, community-based, skill training center, with 13 branch campuses. CET teaches trade skills in growing fields, and provides supportive services and job placement assistance to help lift people out of poverty and into a brighter future.