To increase its impact, Kitchen Cred partners with community groups and agencies, including Youth Service, Inc., YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. Kitchen Cred is also a proud community member at Venturef0rth, a foundation, co-working space and tech accelerator.
YOUTH SERVICE INC. YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICE SHELTER
Kitchen Cred’s inaugural program was designed for the residents of YSI’s Youth Emergency Service shelter, the largest in the Philadelphia area offering immediate housing to homeless and runaway youth aged 12 to 18.
Because the average stay at the shelter is 22 days, Kitchen Cred devised five sessions to run twice a week for three weeks. Each stand-alone session addresses kitchen skills, nutrition and food safety, so residents are able to drop-in at any time during the program. The aim is to impart confidence, support and a buildable foundation of skills to kids who are both very vulnerable and extremely resilient.
Kitchen Cred is also honored to join the shelter’s residents and staff each holiday season for a special meal and pop-up cooking event.
YOUTHBUILD PHILADELPHIA CHARTER SCHOOL
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School is a one-year program that helps high school dropouts rebuild their lives, earn their diplomas and learn vital job skills.
Kitchen Cred teamed up with the school’s faculty and determined vocational students for a series of six culinary courses. For the sixth “capstone” session, the students elected to give back by preparing a meal for patients and their families at Philadelphia’s Gift of Life Family House.
BIG & LITTLE COOKS
In October 2014, Kitchen Cred and Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA launched a new partnership to provide unprecedented programming for the notable mentoring non-profit’s duos. The Kitchen Cred-designed program, called Big & Little Cooks, brings together a group of mentees (“Littles”) and their mentors (“Bigs”) with Philadelphia area chefs for a six-part series of monthly cooking classes.
Big & Little Cooks marks the first time Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA has offered a multi-session activity for its Big and Little pairs.
The first five sessions were held at Spogue Kitchens & Bath, a cabinetry and space planning design firm in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The sixth and final session of the program’s first installment will be a celebratory and philanthropic event in April 2015 showcasing the Bigs’ and Littles’ new culinary skills.
TUCK INTO TECH: A POP-UP AT VENTUREF0RTH
In March 2015, Kitchen Cred hosted a unique pop-up at the Venturef0rth coworking space in Philadelphia. Dubbed Tuck Into Tech, the event brought together Venturef0rth community members and local students to cook and converse about careers in technology.
Kitchen Cred founder Doug Barg envisioned this pop-up with Venturef0rth owner Marvin Weinberger to share a small piece of Kitchen Cred’s program with fellow Venturef0rth members, as well as an excellent opportunity for motivated students to find out about career paths in the tech industry.
Tuck Into Tech is an inspiring and delicious confluence of tech, cooking and education, which Kitchen Cred and Venturef0rth aspire to repeat periodically.
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