Youth Programs

Each year, we give 13,500 young people the skills to land their first job and go to college.



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. 

learn by doing

Hands-On Learning

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

Professional Development for Teachers 

Industry-Backed Certificates 

Job-Readiness Trainings 

give back

Get Involved

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. 

Making an Impact

from our students

We use restaurants to create tremendous opportunity for young people. Nearly one in three people get their first job in restaurants, and job opportunities within the restaurant industry are expected to increase 9.1% over the next decade. CRAF provides youth the skills, certifications and resources they need to land that all-important first job. While not all ProStart students will end up in the restaurant business, the skills they learn will translate to success in other fields.

Annual Partners