Youth Culinary Arts Program (YCAP) – Employment Program

This program prepares at-risk/homeless youth (15-24) for employment in the culinary field. Youth in the program receive 6-8 weeks of on-site training from a chef instructor, free of charge. A youth worker is also available to provide counselling and to support youth with finding employment.

This program was created to fill a gap in alternative employment programs for at-risk youth in Calgary. It was inspired by a similar initiative by Covenant House (a large shelter in Toronto) that has experienced success with engaging homeless/at-risk youth and leading them to independence, employment and a life off of the streets.


  • 6-8 week training for employment in the restaurant/food industry (with weekly stipend).
  • 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

(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.)