The New Leaf Kitchen is a social enterprise project which helps women succeed through training in food service. Our professional chef instructor provides 20 hours of hands-on and classroom instruction each week, during a robust 6-month curriculum in our fast-paced commercial kitchen. This helps women develop marketable skills, build a solid résumé of work experience, while growing in confidence for community-based employment. A separate 12-week barista training takes place at our full service New Leaf Café located at 930 N Monroe inside the YWCA lobby. Every trainee gains full espresso knowledge training, retail sales and food industry experience.
Our well-rounded approach helps women succeed personally and professionally by focusing on:
Interpersonal and teamwork skills
A solid work ethic
Communication and conflict resolution skills
Managing stress and building healthy relationships
Transitions employs a Vocational Specialist who works one-on-one with women in our programs. This unique service focuses on getting women ready to look for work and helps them through the process of becoming employed. The Vocational Specialist visits each program weekly. During 2019, the Vocational Specialist met one-on-one with 46 participants. Agencywide, 39 women found employment while accessing services at Transitions.