Rebekah's Culinary Academy prepares youth, ages 15-25, for a career in the hospitality industry. Our instructors are credentialed teachers guide students through a 10 week course, with 3 hour sessions meeting twice per week.
Cooking for a Purpose
We are dedicated to promoting the social, emotional and physical well-being of children and families. Starting in 2009, we extended that dedication to children into adulthood with our first job training program. Rebekah's Culinary Academy helps "complete the loop," molding at-risk youth into disciplined, responsible adults.
Training in All Aspects of Culinary Arts
Students are trained in all aspects of culinary arts, including:
- Knife skills and using professional equipment
- Safety and sanitation
- Kitchen measurement
- An introduction to baking, meats and pastas
- Team building, organization, marketing and interview skills
- Self-esteem and self-discipline building
While in class, students are required to wear a provided culinary uniform, consisting of black pants, shoes and socks, a crisp white chef coat, white hat and 4-way waist apron. This helps students wear the part and build confidence in themselves through the work.
At the conclusion of the course, high achieving students showing consistency and a dedication to culinary arts may have the opportunity for placement in an apprenticeship program in the social-enterprise bakery Kneaded at Rebekah Children's Services. The Kneaded bakery is staffed by graduates of the initial culinary course and proceeds from all sales help to fund Rebekah's Culinary Academy. Apprenticeship offers an opportunity to continue to improve skills while working on the job creating delicious pastries, filling and shipping online orders, selling directly to customers at farmers markets, and delivering fresh products to local restaurants and coffee shops.