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L.A. Rise Partner

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center social enterprise includes an intergenerational culinary training program, a coffee shop, and a catering operation. At the core, a commercial teaching kitchen produces fresh and nutritious meals for youth and senior residents and members. Overseen by an executive chef instructor, the kitchen is staffed with students completing a 300-hour culinary training program. Graduating up to 100 students a year, the program provides the foundation of required culinary skills for students to secure jobs and pursue meaningful careers in the hospitality industry. Opening in late 2019, the Center’s coffee shop located on Santa Monica boulevard will offer grab and go meals, pastries, and a full espresso bar.  As the social enterprise matures, catering operations will be expanded to service the Center’s many event spaces.

Target Population: LGBT youth touched by homelessness, LGBT seniors

Industry/Positions: Culinary student, prep cook/dishwasher, cook, barista, cafe cashier/serve

Transitional Duration: 3 months

Contact: Nicholas Panepinto,

Districts/Areas: City Council District 4, County Supervisor District 3