Youth Action YouthBuild

Good Food Jobs Training Program

Good Food Jobs Training Program

In partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) Urban Food Policy Institute, Seedco and the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Youth Action expanded on its Youth Action YouthBuild program model beyond construction sector jobs to prepare low income, out-of-school, out-of-work young people aged 17-24 from East Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods, as well as justice involved and re-entry youth, for emerging local workforce opportunities in the healthy food and food services sectors.

The Good Food Jobs Training Program (GFJTP) includes a 6 week training portion covering the following:

    • Culinary training with a focus on healthy food preparation
    • Food safety training
    • Food Handler’s License certification
    • Workforce and personal development skills training
    • Information on starting an entrepreneurial venture

Upon completing the training portion of the program, students are eligible for:

    • Paid 13-week internship placement
    • Job placement upon program completion
    • Post-program support services

The GFJTP’s aim is to strengthen and support positive elements of the food sector as an employment opportunity for young people in East Harlem (large and fast-growing; entry-level jobs have with a low-entry threshold, i.e. do not require years of education, prior work experience or high-level skills) while reducing the limitations of these jobs (i.e., low-wage jobs, unsafe working conditions, few jobs with benefits, and limited career ladders, and a focus on producing the unhealthy foods).

As of April 2019, the GFJTP will have served two cohorts of young people.

Please check back for additional information and application instructions for the next iteration of the GFJTP.

Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem is dedicated to building a community of young people and adults committed to taking responsibility for their own lives and for improving the larger community.
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