YW Culinary Program

YW Culinary is a 12-week job training program designed to prepare students for success in Chicagoland’s vibrant food service industry. The program is free.

Features of the program include:

  • Develop culinary and food service skills
  • Develop employment skills such as communication skills, interview practice, and resume writing
  • Access YWCA financial education resources like Basic Money Management
  • Earn ServSafe Food Handler Certificate
  • Gain industry knowledge and learn from guest chefs
  • Job placement and retention assistance

New This Year: We are offering a 4 week PAID internship!

After completing the YW Culinary program, students have the option to participate in a paid internship in the YWCA kitchen. Interns will:

  • Take the lead in meal planning
  • Have hands-on experience preparing evening meal for our shelter
  • Earn income while learning
  • Attend the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Customer Service Excellence training during your internship: get paid, earn a completion bonus, and get your ServSafe® ManageFirst Customer Service Certification

Upcoming Virtual Informational Sessions: 

     May 11: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM CST

Upcoming Sessions 

YW Culinary Cohort II 

June 13 – August 5: YW Culinary Workforce Training 

August 8 -September 2: YW Culinary Internship in YWCA Shelter Kitchen  

YW Culinary Cohort III 

September 12 – November 4: YW Culinary Workforce Training 

November 7 – December 2: YW Culinary Internship in YWCA Shelter Kitchen  

Class Schedule  

M, T, Th and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 pm. 

Wed 10 a.m. to noon  

Interested?  Follow this link to complete an interest form and attend a virtual open house.

Why should you sign up for YWCulinary?

“YW Culinary has been the best thing that has happened to me. "
2019 Graduate

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