City Partners with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Cedars-Sinai, and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in a Transformative New Culinary Arts Program
The City of West Hollywood has partnered with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Cedar-Sinai, and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to support the ground-breaking new Culinary Arts program at the Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus.
The aim of the Culinary Arts program is to prepare at-risk LGBTQ youth to thrive in careers in the food and hospitality sectors. Program participants learn basic culinary skills during 200 hours of hands-on instruction at the Center. Once completed, culinary students are placed in paid internships with food service businesses to fulfill the remaining 100 hours of the intensive training. The Center’s goal is to enroll 38 youth in the Culinary Arts program during the course of one year. Culinary Arts students will have access to the Center’s wraparound services to support the successful launch of their culinary careers including housing, education, health and mental health services, and more.
The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce are currently enlisting the participation of up to 15 West Hollywood businesses to host Culinary Arts internships for program participants.
“The City of West Hollywood is proud of our long-term support of the many incredible life-changing programs and initiatives of the Los Angeles LGBT Center,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Helping young LGBT people gain the culinary skills needed to secure future employment and stabilize their lives is vital — and what better place for them to do that than in the top-notch restaurants of West Hollywood.”
The Culinary Arts program is made possible, in part, by grant funding from Cedars-Sinai and is being offered at a critical time. Up to 40 percent of local-area homeless youth ages 18 to 24 identify as LGBTQ. The Center offers critical help to youth experiencing homelessness through its youth support services and residential program. This includes meals; clothing; support groups; a charter high school, GED, and college prep program; an employment preparation, training, and placement program; and independent living skills-building, medical care, counseling, and more. For more information about the Los Angeles LGBT Center, visit www.lalgbtcenter.org.
During the past three years, the City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative has achieved positive measureable results, in collaboration with grant-funded community partners, in addressing homelessness. The Homeless Initiative works in close partnership with the City’s contracted and collaborative nonprofit social services providers, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and Los Angeles County agencies to address homelessness. This includes direct street outreach services to homeless community members that offer shelter, substance abuse treatment, health care, mental health services, housing opportunities, and more. The outreach teams also provide assistance such as food and hygiene kits, as well as blankets, socks, and other emergency supplies.
If you are concerned about a community member who is homeless, call the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Concern Line at (323) 848-6590. If your concern requires time-sensitive assistance during nights or weekends, please call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/homeless.For more information about the Culinary Arts program or if you are a business interested in offering an internship, please contact Elizabeth Anderson, the City of West Hollywood’s Strategic Initiatives Program Administrator, at (323) 848-6839. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.