**Please Note: YWCulinary is now VIRTUAL to keep you safe.**

YW Culinary Program

YW Culinary is a 12-week job training program designed to prepare women 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

Why should you sign up for YWCulinary?

Next scheduled class dates:

March 15 – June 4, 2021

Virtual Schedule: 

  • Spring 2021: YW Culinary will be 12 weeks

  • Thursdays: virtual, interactive classroom instruction via Zoom.
  • Weekly Assignments: Participants will stay on pace with the class while setting their own time to work on assignments.

Application Process:

  1. Register for and attend a virtual orientation (Feb. 23 1:30-3:30pm; Feb. 24 1:30-3:30pm; and Feb. 25 10 am-noon). New to registration platform Community Pass? Follow our guide to set-up an account.
  2. Fill out online application. Our team will send you a link to an application after attending an orientation.
  3. Interview with us!


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