Teens learn restaurant business

Teens learn restaurant business
The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and staff at Crush Italian Restaurant arranged to mentor teens from the La Colonia Branch in the Eden Gardens. The group includes, from left, La Colonia Branch Member Meliza Espinoza, Crush Employee Becky Dhooge, La Colonia Branch Member Selene Olivares, Crush Manager Sarah Morache, La Colonia Branch Member Tania Bartolo, La Colonia Branch Member Estefani Saldivar and La Colonia Branch Member Jeovanie Aragon. Courtesy photo

SOLANA BEACH — The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and staff at Crush Italian Restaurant have partnered together to create a mentoring program for teens, which combines shadowing and one-on-one mentoring techniques to teach teens skills in the restaurant industry.

 

Five teens from the La Colonia Branch in the Eden Gardens community of Solana Beach have been selected to participate in this program. Every Wednesday, for 10 weeks, the teens will shadow every position in the restaurant in order to gain real world experience.

“A program such as this is a once in a lifetime experience for most of these teens,” said Branch Manager Gloria Castellanos. “This program represents our community and our desire to work together to make a difference in teens’ lives.”

The teens went through an application and interview process to obtain the mentorship. They started the program the first week of April. By the end of the program the teens will be able to run numerous aspects of the restaurant including cooking, taking orders, and serving customers. On June 4, graduation day, the teens will be put to the test by actually running the restaurant on their own, giving them the opportunity to show all they have learned.

A portion of the proceeds from dinner at Crush any Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. starting April 2 through June 4 during the program will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito – La Colonia Branch.

For more information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.bgcsandieguito.org” bgcsandieguito.org.

 

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