Information for Referrers

Information for Referrers

Information for Referrers

Are you helping someone to look for a new career?

Do they aspire to work in the culinary industry?

Are they motivated to learn, grow, and change for a better future?

About the Program

Your client may be the perfect fit for Project Launch, a tuition-free, 12-week certified culinary apprenticeship program. The program specifically serves individuals who are experiencing significantly high unemployment rates: formerly incarcerated adults, foster youth transitioning out of the system, victims of domestic violence, individuals with a history of mental health disorders, and individuals with histories of substance abuse. We ask for case managers, career coach’s, or program representative’s submit an online referral form on behalf of their client. This referral us a better understanding of the client’s needs, challenges, and current support system.

Project Launch an intensive employment focused program, and we ask that you only refer clients that are prepared for this level of commitment. Classes are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm with attendance mandatory. Kitchens for Good is primarily a job readiness program, and does not provide wraparound services for housing, childcare or mental health services. We value our partnerships with social service agencies, and work closely with case managers to ensure our mutual client’s needs are being met.

Below is a list of upcoming classes and application due dates.  If you are interested in referring your client please review the eligibility requirements and then click ‘Submit Referral Now’ below.  If you have not done so already, please have your client complete the Project Launch Culinary Apprenticeship Program Application.  Applicants can view program requirements and download a hard copy application or complete it online at  Hard copy applications can be submitted to or at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.  Clients cannot be considered for the program until the application is received.

Once we receive your client’s application, we will review it and invite selected candidates for interview within 1 month of the class start date.  Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee an interview or a spot in the apprenticeship program. This is a competitive program and we recieve 60 applications for every 18 slots available.  If the candidate successfully completes the interview, he/she will be scheduled to do a 4 hour trial shift in our kitchen.  During the trial kitchen, candidates will be evaluated on punctuality, ability to follow instructions, ability to focus, team-work, and attitude.

Class Number Application Due Date Class Start Date
12 April 6, 2018 May 2, 2018
13 June 15, 2018 July 9, 2018
14 August 19, 2018 September 19, 2018
15 October 29, 2018 November 28, 2018
16 January 4, 2019 February 6, 2019
17 March 15, 2019 April 17, 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Eligible for employment in the U.S.A.
  3. Be either unemployed or underemployed
  4. Be available to be in class from 8:30 am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Attendance is strictly enforced.
  5. Be curious, ready to learn, and able to complete all homework assignments.
  6. Be interested and eligible to work full-time in a food service career.
  7. Must not have any outstanding arrest warrants.
  8. Must live in a stable housing environment.
  9. Have 120 days drug free before the first day of class and be willing to undergo random drug screenings throughout the training.
  10. Be able to stand for a minimum of 8 hours with two 15 minute breaks and be able to lift 50 pounds with reasonable accommodations.
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