Training others: How can training people in need of a Job benefit a community?

By Caroline

What you need to know…

There has always been a need for work programs in large urban cities. New York City is no exception. Many people, especially women, find it hard to become financially stable while getting an education and a good job. Those who are out of work struggle to find employers who would hire them. However, training women, in finical, and professional areas prepares them for higher more selective Jobs.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Programs (WIOA) provide students with personalized short term training to start new careers such as Healthcare and IT. It is designed to help Americans, the youth, and those with significant barriers to employment into high paying jobs. In addition, this allows people to hopefully escape impoverished life and follow there dreams. This work program is unique and was a monumental Act that was passed.

Interview with my Change Maker. 

Kate Talks about her expirenece working at Hot Bread Kitchen and how it has impacted her life

This is my sister, Kate. Over the summer she works for Hot Bread Kitchen, where she helps women learn culinary and useful business skills. Hot Bread Kitchen is a non-profit which provides a development program to train women for future job placement and economic mobility for women in New York City through careers in food and create financial security.

C= Caroline , K= is Kate the change maker

C: Hi, How are you?

K: Good, how are you?

C:Good, should we start the interview.

K: Sounds good. 

C: In the pictures I took of you making bagels is it possible for you to explain the certain step you were on?

K: Of course! Cooking bagels is a two step process. The first step is to boil the bagels, which is what I was doing in the photo. After you boil the bagels, you then put the different types of toppings on top of the bagels. This ensures that the toppings stick to the bagels. 

C: I am going to ask you a couple of questions about your experience working at hot bread Kitchen and it changed you.

K: Ok, Great, Cannot wait!

This is Kate boiling the bagels before putting them in the oven

C: What made you decide to join Hot Bread Kitchen and what is Hot Bread Kitchen?

K: hbk (Hot Bread Kitchen) is a non-profit company with a for-profit arm. There are multiple parts:

1) It is an incubator for food start-ups so that they can produce their goods in an FDA regulated and approved mass kitchen with the tools they need without having to buy it themselves.

2) It is a commercial bakery in which they produce and sell their own bread and baked goods in order to fund the business.

These are the bagels being boiled

3) It is the bakers in the training program (which I helped with) which takes women who are out of work whether it is their first time entering the workforce, or haven’t had a job for a while, or whatever the reason and gives them a crash course in culinary, financial, and professional training as well as placing them in a job in kitchens throughout the city, first as a paid apprentice and then, hopefully, as an employee. Examples are Whole Foods, Google, Aramark, black seed bagels, etc. I wanted to join because a) I love baking and cooking and this seemed like a really great way to combine that with helping people which is another goal of mine.

These are the bagels before being cooked after they were boiled and topped with sesame and poppy seeds.

C: How has this impacted you as a person?

K: I have learned a great deal, not only about how to cook food but also from the professional and financial skill lessons that I was able to participate in. The people are amazing, both the HBK employees and the trainees and I learned how to be more outgoing. I also got to see multiple sides of a business because it is still a relatively small operation. Honestly, HBK has impacted me by giving me the opportunity to know amazing people who I care about, my bosses and the trainees.

These are donuts Kate made because she was inspired by working at HBK

C: What do you hope to do in the future either with Hot Bread Kitchen or on your own?

K: I’m still deciding but I love to cook, and HBK gave me a great foundation. I also realized that I wanted to find a way to help people in my career which is why I’m pre-med at the moment.

C: And last question, What is one thing you took away from your summer working at Hot Bread Kitchen?

K: A group of people whom I consider to be role models.

C: Thank you for letting me interview you. It has been a pleasure.

K: Thanks.

To learn more about Hot Bread Kitchen and their mission this is their website:

So What Can You Do to Help?

As a communitiy we can donate to work programs like Hot Bread Kitchen and WOIA so they can continue to grow their training programs and maintain the resources to help others. In addition, certain programs if qualified, allow people to either volunteer or get a job helping run the work programs. This is could be very benficial becuase you are helping the community on small step at a time. Lastly, it is important that we are aware of about these programs and understand what a privialege it is to be able to reccieve an education and have access to high-paying jobs.

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  1. April 28, 2020 by Kellee O’Brien

    Hi Caroline,

    I found your project to be enlightening with a positive tone. Stories with this message will inspire students and people looking for jobs in this difficult period of low job availability. I found it interesting to read your sister’s perceptive of her employment. I think Kate learned a lot at her summer job and was fortunate to meet role models. Well done project.

  2. April 28, 2020 by Ella Peterson

    Hi Caroline! What an interesting project. I liked how you added in your interview- it gave a great view into the issue and solutions. This project reminds me of another catalyst project I just saw- Richard Xie’s architecture civic re-employment project. Good job!

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