The Trotter Project’s programs inspire the next generation of talent, propel careers and build community through our partnerships with the following partner organizations. 

ProStart Program 

While classroom experience is necessary to learn foundational culinary and management skills, nothing beats real-life experience. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's ProStart Program students become industry professionals through hands-on work under the direction of a mentor. Mentors help students make the connection between their present performance and their future career. The Trotter Project alumni and supporters will participate in a tiered The Trotter Project and ProStart Mentorship Menu, allowing individual state restaurant association educational foundation coordinators, teachers, and The Trotter Project supporting alumni and culinary supporters to select a pre-determined mentor menu option based on bandwidth, commitment and engagement. Mentorship menu tiers include: Lecture / Speaker, Instructor Demo, Hands-on Demo, Field Trips, Evaluator (Technical Skills Assessment – TSA), Class Mentor, Team Mentor, and Paid Internship – 5-6 weeks.

Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) 

C-CAP has been transforming lives of at-risk students through the culinary arts for the last 25 years, providing education and career opportunities in the food and hospitality industry to at-risk youth. This fall, The Trotter Project will partner with C-CAP to place 20 students in paid internship programs with Chicago chefs, with plans to roll out the partnership in further C-CAP’s markets the following year.

After School Matters

After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year. The Trotter Project culinary supporters collaborate with After School Matters by offering six-week paid summer internships for at-risk high-school teens in Chicago.