ProStart is a two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management program.
In California, the CRA Foundation runs the ProStart program in 140 public high schools – reaching 13,500 students. Many of the schools we serve are under-resourced and are in disadvantaged communities.
ProStart allows young people to dream beyond their neighborhood and discover their passions. CRAF connects the restaurant industry with the classroom to provide unparalleled learning experiences.
NEW in 2020! The CRA Foundation is bringing the restaurant industry into the digital classroom! We have developed videos, activities, and tools to punch up lesson plans and keep students engaged.
The CRA Foundation is a non-profit that is 100% supported by our industry partners, charitable organizations, and volunteers. Help the good work continue!
Each year more than 500 volunteers bring lessons to life! Join us. Volunteer opportunities include being a guest speaker, hosting a field trip, supporting events, and being a guest blogger. Volunteer opportunities include being a guest speaker on our annual job readiness day and supporting CRAF events.
Get Your Company involved
Corporate sponsors make our work possible! Consider sponsorships a hybrid philanthropic/marketing opportunity. We offer industry-facing and student-facing sponsorship opportunities.