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Industry Involvement

Partnering to Develop the Leaders of Tomorrow

Through the ProStart® program, high school students can learn career-building skills and get a taste for success in an industry that is hungry for talent. But they can’t do it alone. The success of ProStart and the future of the industry depend on industry leaders like you. Lending your time and expertise can make an immediate impact on a student’s passion for a career in the industry.

You can help develop the leaders of tomorrow first-hand by becoming involved in the following opportunities:

Mentor a ProStart student

As a mentor, you can help students make a connection between their present performance and their future career. Mentors provide overall support for their goals, career competence and character development, and can help students gain real-world experience and practical skills that help to shape their futures in the foodservice industry.
Learn more about becoming a mentor

Hire a ProStart Student or Alumni

By seeking out ProStart students in your recruitment efforts, you have the opportunity to recruit possible long-term employees who have already committed themselves to working hard towards a rewarding career in the industry.  ProStart students are armed with the foundational skills necessary for success in the front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house.

Adopt a Classroom

Build a connection with a school in your community.  Take time to be a guest speaker or conduct a cooking demonstration to students participating in our classroom experience.
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Get Involved

Contact us today to learn how you can provide support to the NRAEF and ProStart.