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Foundation

Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders

The California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation invests in the future of the restaurant industry by providing California youth with opportunities to build foodservice careers through high-quality industry-driven education, mentoring, life-skills training, scholarships, competitions and support.

The restaurant industry is projected to employ nearly 15 million workers by 2019, leaving a looming gap in the number of well-trained individuals driven to pursue a career in the hospitality field. Through the ProStart curriculum, which is taught at 100 high schools across California, the Foundation gives at-risk students an incentive to stay in school and earn a high school diploma, even if they have no other motivation to do so. ProStart students are well-equipped, motivated and empowered to pursue a college-level education in their field, as well as to enter the workforce.

Foundation basics

CRAEF invests in the future of the restaurant industry by providing youth with opportunities to build foodservice careers.

Our programs

Our ProStart and scholarship programs develop the talent needed to lead industry into the future.

Get involved

With many ways to give back with CRAEF, it’s easy to find something that works for your budget and schedule.

Events

Plan to attend or sponsor an upcoming event. Or make CRAEF a beneficiary for your company's fundraising efforts.