PA to AZ to MD: In the Field with Catalyst Consulting

From Pennsylvania to Arizona to Maryland, our Catalyst Consulting team has been quite busy this February!
Our first stop was to Lansdale, PA to visit Rising Member Manna on Main Street’s Common Grounds Training Program. The program, launched in December, helps trainees gain a blend of culinary experience along with front of the house experience in their Common Grounds Café. The Catalyst Consulting team is excited to see this program in action and provide feedback on how to scale their program for future endeavors.

After our visit to Manna on Main Street, we jetted west to sunny Phoenix, AZ to facilitate a train-the-trainer workshop for the Starbucks’ Customer Service Excellence Training program. Our national partnership with Starbucks has brought the consulting team to various cities across the country to collaborate with local partners focused on building programming around serving opportunity youth. While in Phoenix, we also connected with a local organization serving youth, Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources. And of course, we wouldn’t have left Phoenix without a visit to Model Member UMOM New Days Center!

We closed out February in Charm City, aka Baltimore, MD! Rising Member Paul’s Place is working through the feasibility stages of launching a restaurant for training opportunity youth in the Pigtown area of the city. The Catalyst Consulting team had the opportunity to meet with local stakeholders and create community alignment on a new job training program. We also enjoyed meeting with other foodservice social enterprise throughout Baltimore at St. Vincent de Paul’s Kidz Place to discuss the ecosystem of foodservice job training as a way to reduce poverty.

Overall, February brought great service opportunities for Catalyst Consulting. We are eager to continue building strong and sustainable businesses and programs with our members and partners.

Curious about the Catalyst Consulting team? Visit our team page!

Author: Tiffany Gathers

Tiffany brings strong firsthand experience within community outreach, student intake and food service business operations at FareStart to her role as Program Development Manager. her academic and professional background in community development also inform her work support the incubation and launch of programs in communities across the country.

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