Without Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum there’s a chance Future Chefs might still be operating out of a three-desk administrative office in Waltham. But we’re not! In less than 2 years since our selection as a Social Innovator (2011: Educational and Employment Opportunities for Vulnerable 14- to 21-Year Olds), Future Chefs is far from where we started. This month marks inaugural programming in our very new home: a 2,400 square foot state-of-the-art Teaching Kitchen and Classroom complete with a seven-person office. And better yet- it’s in Boston’s South End/Lower Roxbury, where Future Chefs’ school-to-career services are deeply needed.
Thanks to our engagement with the Social Innovation Forum, Future Chefs extended our outreach to serve more students, more often, and more effectively.
How? By wholly committing to a collaborative relationship with the Root Cause staff, consultants, capacity-building process and learning community. Future Chefs needed organizational mentoring, access to professional resources and ongoing support to move forward. And that’s just what the SIF engagement provided: knowledge, opportunities, access to potential partners and the tools and coaching to make those connections effective.