This was the scene across the state as more than 130 restaurant professionals volunteered their time to teach high school students how to succeed in the restaurant business, and workplaces in general.
According to the National Restaurant Association, three out of four Americans found their first job in the restaurant industry, and for many, it’s this first job that proves to be a formative experience in the development of their career.
“As we see teen and young adult participation in the workforce decline, it becomes a real concern that the workforce will suffer in the long run,” CRA Foundation executive director Alycia Harshfield said. “That’s a huge part of the mission of FIT Day: to make sure these students are learning the soft skills they might be missing out on otherwise.”
For the industry volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to visit 44 high school classrooms around the state – FIT Day represents an important opportunity to not only pay it forward – but to also help ensure the future vitality of California’s restaurant community.
After all, the success of the state’s innovative restaurant scene is only likely to continue with the development of a talented workforce.
Up next, the CRA Foundation will be working towards the California ProStart Cup cooking and restaurant management competition. Winning high school teams will move on to compete in the national competition. For a look inside ProStart Cup, click here.