Future Chefs offers three programs to be completed in sequence: during high school, paid youth work and after high school graduation. 

Collectively, these programs include comprehensive professional training; coaching from industry experts; and exposure to a broad range of professional culinary careers.


For high school sophomores interested in exploring culinary careers. Includes once a week class at Boston Teaching Kitchen, workshops, industry events, and chef demonstrations.  Culminates with a team-based capstone project.

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A 2 year program that begins after FC Prepares. Includes skills competition, social/emotional learning and planning for work and life after high school. Students begin paid work in the summer following junior year and throughout Senior year.

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For students who have graduated from high school and completed the FC Delivers program. They receive individual ongoing support for two years after high school as they put their plan for work and life into action.

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The Need

Early employment, a key milestone in the journey to adulthood, is crucial for learning 21st Century skills and establishing early patterns of success. Yet, teens and young adults cannot find jobs.

—Employment among teens is trending downward - from 1999 to 2015, employment among young adults dropped from 54.3% to 29.3%

—In the Boston public school system, 37% of low-income students do not graduate from high school.

—The cost of not having a post-graduation career plan is high. In Massachusetts, 1 in 4 young adults (16-24) are not working.

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