While listening to the Good Food podcast over the weekend, I heard about Tender Greens, a fast casual restaurant that started in Culver City, California and now has 12 locations from San Diego to San Francisco. The restaurant launched an incredible program called the Sustainable Life Project that is a three-month internship for children emerging from the foster care system, which considers you an adult at 18 (often meaning that the person is then without a home and potentially the skills to get hired or the resources to continue attending school). During the three month program, the participants work in the restaurant 8 hours a week and learn about a range of topics from sourcing ingredients and animal husbandry to gardening and knife skills.
Not every participant makes it through the three-month program, but those that do are rewarded with a job at Tender Greens. Listen to the story - the interview with Joshua, a current student in the Sustainable Life Project is inspirational and heartbreaking -- and he just graduated from the program!