Student gains experience in hospitality industry.

Young female pours milk into a to-go cup in a cafe kitchenLola entered her Youth Apprenticeship (YA) at The House Cafe & Bakery to gain hands-on experience outside of high school. She developed her skills by helping the cafe organize events, prepare food and make specialty drinks.

“YA has helped me to gain communication skills and be able to advocate for myself in a professional environment,” said Lola. “This apprenticeship has shown me how crucial communications is to every field of work! It’s a great way to make money in high school.”

Lola worked closely with a mentor at the cafe who helped her to further understand all aspects of the service and hospitality industry.

“The [YA] Program facilitates open communication since the youth apprentice is eager to learn and participate in the business,” said Lola’s mentor. “It also allows us access to students in the community who are invested and interested in what we’re doing. Lola has an extremely positive attitude about work every day and is eager to assist in any task. We feel very lucky to have her!”

After graduation, Lola plans to attend a four year university where she’ll major in communications. She hopes to carry her new knowledge into her future career pathway.

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