WE ARE OPPORTUNITIES KITCHEN
In the Portland Metro Area, our disconnected youth face significant challenges when entering the job market due to a lack of skills and vocational training, and/or because of their own personal challenges. With substantial future needs for employees in the food industry, construction and in the trades, there are plenty of opportunities for employment but not the right access points for them to enter. That’s where Opportunities Kitchen comes in.
Opportunities Kitchen is a vocational and educational program for Portland Metro Area’s disconnected and underserved youth, ages 18-24 years old, where learning, executing skills, accreditation, and job placement is provided within the food industry including: Farming & Production, Food Processing, Distribution, Hospitality, Recycling and the Trades involved in keeping the industry going.
Opportunities Kitchen is sponsored and funded by the Charitable Partnership Fund, a 501(c)(3), publicly supported charitable organization
ADVISORS & FRIENDS
Dave Garber – Executive Director, Opportunities Kitchen
Jonathan Harms – President, Charitable Partnership Fund
Paul Folkestad – Entrepreneur/Past Le Cordon Bleu, Portland
Leather Storrs – Owner/Chef at Noble Rot, Portland
Vitaly Paley – Owner/Chef at Paley’s, The Imperial, Headwaters
Joe Nunn – Concordia University STEAM Coordinator,Retired PPS teacher, Past Board member at POIC
Rob Liniger – Chief Operating Officer, Opportunities Kitchen
Dave Stone – Director, OSU Food Innovation Center, Portland
David McGiverin – President, Food NW, Portland
Dennis Morrow – Executive Director, JANUS Programs, Portland