Yippee, CAYIP!

This summer we had some new faces helping in the kitchen! We hosted four amazing interns through CAYIP. Meet Anastasia, Caroline, Destynee and Kieairra! The Community Attention Youth Internship Program, or CAYIP, is a six-week summer internship program for youth ages 14 to 21 in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Through CAYIP, interns learn practical workplace readiness skills through hands-on learning in a variety of career paths, such as government services, culinary arts, child care, elderly care, landscaping, cosmetology, and customer service. They also identify their strengths and connect to other positive adult mentors in the community. Interns complete approximately 20 hours of work per week. 

One of our goals at PB&J is to empower youth through cooking. So this program felt like a natural fit! Our interns had three components to their summer: helping with our summer classes, attending culinary skills training led by Chef Antwon, and working in a local restaurant. The interns gave us an extra set of hands in our classes and helped with tasks like preparing food for the recipes, washing dishes, and folding laundry. Classes with Chef Antwon taught them skills like choosing the right knife for the right task, cooking grains, caramelizing food and even how to de-bone a whole fish! The interns spent the other half of their internship putting their skills to use in local restaurants. Our interns worked at Belle, The Alley Light and Citizen Burger Bar.  

Some of our interns were brand new to PB&J which gave us the opportunity to teach them about our mission and the programs we offer to the community. Others had come for programming as elementary and middle school students, and were now able to experience the behind the scenes work! For most, this was their first job and first real paycheck. At the end of the summer 122 youth completed CAYIP in more than 80 sites. We loved being a part of CAYIP again this summer and hope all of our interns come back to see us. We heard some might even want to intern with us again next summer! 

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