Youth Programs 

ProStart is a two-year culinary arts and hospitality management program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. 127 public high schools in California use this curriculum reaching 9,000 students. CRAF enriches ProStart programs by connecting schools with industry. We do this through field trips, guest speakers, mentoring, grants, competitions and scholarships.

The CRA Foundation awards more than $60,000 in scholarships to college students pursuing degrees in hospitality management or culinary arts.

Industry-recognized certificates are available to ProStart students. Certificates include: CA Workforce Ready Certificate, FIT Certificate, and the national Certificate of Achievement. 

Professional Development:
Professional development opportunities are available to ProStart educators through annual ProStart Educator Conferences and the Flavor Experience conference. These conferences keep high school culinary arts teachers aligned with industry standards and provide a network of support.

Community Engagement:
Through volunteer opportunities, the CRA Foundation unites industry leaders to local classrooms to provide enriched education and stronger community support. Each year, more than 500 volunteers give back.

Opportunity Youth: 
The CRA Foundation is developing partnerships to serve the Opportunity Youth audience, people aged 16-24 who are not in school and not in the workforce.

The CRA Foundation is partnering with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) on  the first-ever apprenticeship program specifically for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries. The DOL officially approved and signed the standards for HSRA in June, specifying the requirements necessary for employers to offer apprenticeships to their employees.

Interested in learning how you can make an impact? Contact Erin Mascho at