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Chicago Chef Looks to Change Lives Through Culinary Mentoring

by | Feb 8, 2023 | Blog Post, HOPES, ProStart

ProStart, HOPES Programs Change Lives

One of the best things about NRAEF’s development programs is not just how they can change lives but how the individuals who take part in them go on to change the lives of others.

Chicago chef Lakisha Hunter, who goes by Chef K, was a former gang leader who credits her ProStart high school culinary arts teacher with inspiring her to turn her life around. She is now a trainer with HOPES (Hospitality Opportunities for People Reentering Society) where she mentors young people at Lawrence Hall, a community-based service agency committed to helping heal the effects of childhood trauma.

Recently, Chef Kisha was profiled on NBC 5 Chicago, where she discussed living her purpose as a mentor to young adults and kids who need a hand up in life.


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