CRAEF works closely with more than 8,900 students in more than 100 high schools across the state that teach the ProStart curriculum – a two-year program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation that educates and develops skills in students through hands-on culinary and hospitality management training.
With lessons in 25 subject areas, ProStart encourages high school students to embrace and experience all of the skills necessary to operate and manage a successful foodservice establishment. ProStart also helps students develop the strong business management skills crucial to future industry growth.
ProStart's relevent, real-world curriculum enables the restaurant industry to grow its own talent, equipping students with the practical skills they need to succeed and build a fulfilling career. By bringing the industry into the classroom, ProStart gives teachers and students a glimpse at the depth of what the industry has to offer.
Nationwide, more than 95,000 students participate in a ProStart program in more than 1,900 schools, spanning 48 states, territories and districts. The proven program has changed the lives of students, as well as the industry.
We’ve seen how ProStart can give kids hope for a better future, with a chance at higher education and career possibilities than many students ever believed was possible for themselves.
Eight high schools were identified by CRAEF as Enhanced Prostart schools in 2013-2014: Santee Education Complex, Rowland Heights High School, Newport Harbor High School, Westchester High School, Ocean View High School and Blair High School in Southern California and San Juan High School in the Sacramento area, as well as Sunnyside High School in Fresno. Overall, these schools have a student population with a majority who receive free and reduced lunch, have more than 50 percent dropout rates and are in gang-infested and low-income communities.
The Enhanced ProStart program targets schools with students who need the most assistance to break the cycle of poverty in their families and communities. Funding from the Foundation goes to work directly and immediately in the adopted schools to provide them with expanded curriculum, field trips, paid internships, guest speakers, job shadowing days, competition costs, ServSafe certification, equipment, supplies and food.
We’re working tirelessly to secure funding funds to establish more Enhanced ProStart schools, to provide them with the practical supplies and valuable opportunities that can really make a difference. We need your support to make it happen.
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