"I have struggled in my past with law issues and social anxiety," says Kellen Warner, one of the students at Life's Kitchen in Boise. "I'm in this program to prepare myself for better life opportunities," he says.
Life's Kitchen is a 16-week program where trainees learn a range of employable skills, helping them be more productive contributors to society. "Life's Kitchen strengthens our community by providing youth a career," says Tammy Johnson, Executive Director of Life's Kitchen. The organization provides food service-related training to young adults between the ages of 16 and 20 who face life challenges, which could inhibit their success. Also, Life's Kitchen teaches life skills and has classes on personal finance, housing, health, resume writing, among others, to set their students on a positive path.
"Since 2003, we've served over 700 youth... they're learning a skill to be a productive member of society," says Johnson.
"Life's Kitchen is more than a cooking school. I've learned things I never thought I'd learn at age 19," says Warner. "I learn skills that impact other people's lives, but impact mine in a way that I can look back on and be proud of."
There are lots of ways the community can get involved with supporting Life's Kitchen. The easiest is by dining in their café, which is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Financial support through grants and other direct donations are appreciated as well. The cooking school can use volunteers who want to lead classes on life skills, helping educate and guide the trainees along their life's path.
Another way to get involved is to use Life's Kitchen for catering. They offer a full menu of catering options and can cater events large and small, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Proceeds go right back into the organization, helping it continue its mission of serving at-risk young adults.
The Mike Brown Group strongly supports organizations that foster our fantastic community. We encourage you to support any of the great causes or organizations that help make our community a better place to live.
You can learn more about Life's Kitchen by visiting www.lifeskitchen.org. We also have an extended documentary on the organization that can be viewed here.