A new partnership between Core Academy and chow. — aptly titled chow. to the Core — inducted its first cohort of 16 students during a special Apron Tying Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10 at the beloved Downtown Las Vegas eatery. All students received their uniforms and a proclamation was presented dedicating the occasion as “chow. to the Core” day.
After speaking to Core Academy students earlier this year, Chef Natalie Young (the culinary mastermind behind chow. and two other popular DTLV restaurants, eat. and bite.) knew she wanted to give back to Southern Nevada’s most under-resourced youth. The synergy was immediately apparent and the idea for chow. to the Core came to fruition.
“Project-based mentoring is one of the most impactful services we provide to our Scholars,” said Lindsay Harper, Chief Executive Officer for Core Academy. “What Chef Natalie is doing for our students is the best representation of project-based mentoring that we’ve been able to offer yet. This program will continue for years to come and dramatically change the lives of these students, many of whom want to go into the food and beverage industry as a career after high school.”
The bold internship program is redefining what it means to be a true community partner. it may seem like a simple idea, but the time and energy Chef Natalie is investing in chow. to the Core will foster professional development, build character and integrity, and create a source of livelihood for the Core Academy students.
“I get where these kids are coming from,” said Chef Natalie Young. “I was in their shoes at one point in time, but I always knew that if I showed up and worked hard and stayed honest, I’d have a job. I grew to love this industry and I think some of them will too. We’ll start them off as bussers and servers then eventually graduate them to managers, line cooks and in other positions where they can take paychecks home to their families. Once they finish the program, I’m encouraging all of them to apply for full-time jobs with me, or I will do my best to help them find employment elsewhere.”
All participating Core Academy students must stay in the program from a minimum of six months and a maximum of three years. As they progress through the ranks learning every facet of the restaurant business under Chef Natalie’s wing, they will undoubtedly garner social support and skills training that will catapult them to greater professional success once they finish school.
Next time you fill up at chow., which effortlessly serves up some of the best Southern-style food and Chinese cuisine in the area, you’ll likely find yourself supporting some of our local youth as well.
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Photo Credit: Emily Wilson
Preceded by eat. and followed by bite., Chef Natalie Young opened her second Downtown Las Vegas restaurant – chow. – for the city’s notorious late night owls. Rockin’ good food is the heart and soul of chow., which celebrates both Souther-style food and Chinese cuisine. Dedicated to diversity in all forms, chow. welcomes everyone and prides itself on utilizing the most sustainable ingredients possible. Every meal is fresh, responsibly sourced and consciously, carefully prepared. For more information, visit www.chowdtlv.com.
About Core Academy
Core Academy, powered by The Rogers Foundation, believes all children have the right to reach their full potential and pursue individual success. With a mission to strengthen character, build brilliant minds and create brighter futures for our community’s most under-resourced youth, Core Academy is the most innovative and comprehensive education model in Southern Nevada. For more information, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.core-academy.org
About The Rogers Foundation
The Rogers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 2013 by James E. and Beverly Rogers, The Rogers Foundation awards scholarships to individual students in Southern Nevada and grants to educational institutions, artists and organizations that support the arts in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.therogers.foundation.