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What you’re looking for

Interns with the RISE program have found an opportunity to build their resumes with an in-depth introduction to the food and hospitality industry, a chance to step outside their comfort zones and grow as people, and a place where they feel their voices are heard.

 

For those interested in exploring the world of professional kitchens, working with our pastry team has helped past participants develop confidence, problem solving and time management skills. For those looking for experience in hospitality, our cafe team has supported participants in recognizing and nourishing their voice through customer service and helped develop strong independent working habits. 

 

Our program is created specifically for young people ages 16-24 from historically marginalized communities. No prior work experience is necessary, but an interest in professional kitchen work or customer service is preferred - and a dream of owning your own food business is a plus!

 

What we’re offering you

Sweet Generation offers training and support in both on-the-job coaching and project-based learning experience exploring the entrepreneurial journey. In addition to your focus in either baking or customer service, you will work with successful food entrepreneurs who will guide you through the steps to beginning your own small food business. Our team is built with former RISE program participants who will share their wisdom and experience as they guide you through your time with us.

 

You will receive

  • 150 hours of paid working experience 

  • The opportunity to earn your NYC Dept. of Health Food Protection Certificate

  • Kitchen training including foundational baking skills and professional kitchen etiquette OR

  • Hospitality training including Point-of-Sale, cash handling and Barista education

  • Personalized food entrepreneur mentorship + startup food business training

To learn more about our program or apply, please email rise@sweetgeneration.org