SACRAMENTO, Calif. The California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF) was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from U.S. Bank in support of CRAF’s efforts to empower young people with fundamental work and life skills.
Restaurants have a major role to play in youth employment. Nearly one in three people get their start in restaurants. In fact, the restaurant industry is the largest employer of people aged 16-25. CRAF provides youth the skills, certifications and resources they need to land that all-important first job and advance in their careers.
U.S. Bank is a leader in supporting programs that foster economic development in low-to-moderate income communities. U.S. Bank distributes resources to support programs that assist in the development of work and life skills essential to self-sufficiency such as job-readiness training for youth, pathways to higher education, and greater financial literacy – efforts that closely align with CRAF’s mission.
“At CRAF, we’re serving brighter futures. We allow young people to dream beyond their neighborhood and give them the skills to pursue rewarding careers in hospitality. We are proud to have U.S. Bank as a partner in these efforts,” stated CRAF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield. “This gift will have a tremendous impact on the students and communities we serve.”
“CRAF does truly innovative work around creating economic opportunity for young people. They are preparing high school students for college and careers,” said Pamela Maxwell, vice president and community affairs manager for U.S. Bank. “We are proud to support this effort.”
CRAF empowers nearly 9,000 California students annually who are enrolled in the ProStart program, a two-year industry-driven curriculum taught in 127 public high schools.
CRAF will use the $10,000 in grant funding to support its work focused on at-risk youth who benefit from opportunities to develop their skills and break the cycle of poverty within their families.
About the California Restaurant Association Foundation
CRAF has awarded more than $1.75 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,083 banking offices in 25 states and 4,878 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.