Learn Skills for a Lifetime

Primed & Prepped provides students with the tools to mitigate employment barriers and hone their leadership skills. Focused on hospitality management and culinary arts, the program is designed to support youth of color, ages 14-19, to develop culinary skills and be placed in internships and jobs!


This program is a gateway to higher education and entry level jobs in the hospitality and culinary arts industry. It prepares students for entry level positions as bus boys, dishwashers, line and prep cooks.
Our students have internships at Intercontinental Hotel, Fairmont Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Sears Fine Food and Lori's Diner. 

Program Sessions

Career Readiness

On Wednesdays from 4-6:30 pm, sessions focus on Career Awareness, during which students build specific job skills, including:

  • Self-esteem
  • Life skills
  • Career awareness
  • Job readiness

Culinary Skills

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6:30 pm, students prepare healthy meals and learn about the industry. Program sessions cover:

  • Kitchen arts & science
  • Knife skills
  • Serv Safe Certification
  • Introduction to the hospitality management industry
  • Students prepare healthy meals

Fall 2017

Fall 2017 programming begins on September 19, 2017. For more information, to sign up, or refer someone, contact Kelly Armstrong, Program Director/Founder at: 415-822-7728 ext. 4200 or karmstrong@ymcasf.org.