Learn. Grow. Lead.
Liberty’s Kitchen provides New Orleans young people with pathways to create and achieve their vision of success through workforce training, leadership development, and support of healthy lifestyles.
Liberty’s Kitchen’s Youth Development Program provides opportunity youth with workforce and life skills training to become employed and self-sufficient. We empower them in a culinary setting with the resources, tools, and the confidence to transform their lives. Our cafes – located at 300 N Broad St. and 1615 Poydras St. – serve both as the training grounds for our young people and as a means of generating revenue for our programming.
Our Youth Leadership Program provides an additional eight months of employment support and programming for YDP alumni ready to take the next step in their personal and professional lives. It is led by a Youth Leadership Council comprised of select alumni through whom we aim to create an ever more youth-centric organization.
With our alumni and partners, we work to increase food access in the places where people live, partnering intentionally with corner stores and community centers to fight food insecurity. Learn more about this dimension of our work here.
“Food is like a lifestyle,” Jervon Francis, 19, reflects on her night working back of house alongside Kristen Essig from Coquette. She, along with three other trainees.....
On March 14, 2018, at 10:00 am, students of Liberty's Kitchen led a walk-out in memoriam and protest of the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Liberty’s Kitchen said, “See you next time,” to Judy Bussey, longtime Liberty’s Kitchen friend and volunteer.