Youth Culinary Arts Program (YCAP) – Employment Program

This program prepares at-risk, homeless youth (15-29) for employment in the culinary field. Youth in the program receive 9-12 weeks of on-site training from Red Seal chefs - free of charge. A youth counsellor is also available to provide support with mental health, employment and housing, and to teach important life skills.

This program was created to fill a gap in alternative employment programs for multi-barriered youth in Calgary and area.  


  • 9-12 week training for employment in the restaurant/food industry.
  • Hands-on instruction in a commercial kitchen, including menu design.
  • Skills in conflict management, professional conduct and teamwork in a supportive learning environment.
  • Employment support and opportunities


The YCAP Market is a social enterprise of Wood's Homes. The Market employs students of the Youth Culinary Arts Program, and features the food and products that they make. The students learn important life and employment skills.

You will find the YCAP Market at our Inglewood Opportunity Hub at 1008 14 St. S.E. in Calgary.


Youth Culinary Program is supported by The City of Calgary's Family & Community Support Services, Sobeys Inc., Starbucks, United Way of Calgary & Area and individual donors.