Youth Programs


ProStart provides economic mobility and opportunity to 13,500 teens annually through job-readiness training and career exploration. Together with our community and industry partners, we improve skill gaps, remove barriers to employment, and set students up for bright futures.  

We change lives through restaurants.

It all starts with a spark!

Discover how these two young professionals dream of owning their own restaurants!
2021 Student Testimonials - Travis
2021 Student Testimonials - Michelle

learn by doing

Hands-On Learning

The California Restaurant Foundation supports hands-on learning in public high schools. When a school uses the ProStart curriculum, CRF provides resources to bring lessons to life! 

Professional Development for Teachers

Industry-Backed Certificates

Job-Readiness Trainings

Entrepreneurship Progams

Competitions for Scholarships


give back

Get Involved

The California Restaurant Foundation is a non-profit that is 100% supported by our industry partners, charitable organizations, and volunteers. Help the good work continue!


Help us bring life-changing resources to public schools in California!  $50 covers one student for a field trip and $100 brings a demo to a classroom.  Our work is 100% supported by donations. 

Will you join us?

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.