In the kitchen at the Boys and Girls Club Technical Training center, young adults are preparing for several catering gigs, their fundraiser, and for shipping out to various local groceries around the city.
Ricky Coats is making banana bread from scratch with all farm fresh ingredients. You can find it at Miss Cordelia's grocer downtown.
"It's the best feeling in the world. When somebody tastes something you prepared there's no other feeling," Coats said.
Besides food service, the 16-21 year olds in the program also learn logistics, mechanics, and general job skills like resume writing and interviewing.
Over the last three years, the program has a 100 percent job placement rate.
Career placement coordinator Tiffanie Grier works directly with companies like FedEx, UPS, Kroger, William Sonoma, and retailers to find out exactly what they're looking for in an applicant and how the training is developed.
"The companies call me and ask to refer additional applicants after they get our initial referrals. I take that as really positive feedback," Grier said.
Hundreds of young adults have found careers over the years. The center has between 200 and 300 kids enrolled every year with at least 80 kids at the center every day.
"The youth and young adults that we serve here do not normally get this opportunity in their neighborhoods. Either lack of mentors or role models in these areas," executive director Joe Sing said.
The center only costs $10 a year for the students and is funded by private donations.
"Its very important to get private donations. Without those we just can't operate at the level we're operating on and serve the number we're serving now," Sing said.
"Culinary school is expensive. To do this and not have to pay for it, it's a blessing," Coats said.
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