I have the great good fortune to be part of the teaching faculty of Second Helpings Culinary Job Training program. This is a free, 10-week program that trains people for careers in food service. The students are usually folks that have experienced a few bumps in the road of life. This program gives them some new skills and over 90% of the graduates get placed in culinary jobs with an average wage of $9.25 and hour. With 46 graduating classes, there is a good chance you Indy readers eat someplace where a grad is working.
I get to spend a couple of hours with each class covering some basics of food writing - recipe documentation and menu item description. This is always a fun afternoon and the students constantly amaze me with their enthusiasm and creativity. The photo above is of graduating class #46. In the back row on the right is Chef Carl, the program's Director of Training. He does a terrific job.
If you are reading this, consider supporting Second Helpings as a volunteer, make a donation, or have Just Cause cater your next Indianapolis area function. They are using food to change people's lives. You can be part of that force of change!