The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today it has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to develop pathways from the justice system to employment for young adults. The grant is the largest in the history of the NRAEF and will launch the Foundation's HOPES program (Hospitality Opportunities for People (re)Entering Society).
To prepare and train young adults reentering society, the NRAEF will partner with Departments of Corrections, community-based organizations and state restaurant associations. These partner organizations will utilize an NRAEF training framework with individuals at participating correctional facilities as well as after release and during parole. Once a HOPES participant completes training, the individual will be placed in a local restaurant and/or foodservice position. Hospitality apprenticeships will also be available to participants who want to further advance their careers through such training.