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.
There’s no question that the SIF process challenged us to use our limited resources to make a developmental leap. It prepared us to do what Toni Elka set out to do in the first place but to do it better: to provide Boston’s young people with quality work and education experiences and support them in developing a broad base of transferable skills for their transition into the working world.
Moving forward is not easy. Our work with the SIF gave us a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices our students make in Future Chefs’ intensive pathways programming. For this understanding and so much more, we are grateful. Thank you, Social Innovation Forum.
Written by Abbie Waite, Marketing and Development Coordinator, Future Chefs