5th Annual Transitioning Youth Thanksgiving
About This Event:
Over 60 people attended this year's 5th Annual Thanksgiving dinner for transitioning foster youth. The event was hosted by the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts located in Hollywood, Calif. The youth, who have recently exited the foster care system and are part of our Next Step Program, had the chance to share a traditional holiday meal with friends and mentors while learning to cook with Chef Chanel and other volunteer chefs.
Alberstons, a fifth year sponsor, provided all the food for the delicious feast.
Surprise Oscar nomnated actress Taraji P. Henson, stepped up to talk to the kids about overcoming the barriers in their lives and going for their dreams despite life's obstacles.
Through the Transitioning Youth Thanksgiving, The Alliance for Children's Rights helps transitioning foster youth (ages 18 – 24) create their own Thanksgiving traditions while sharing a meal together.
Every year, more than 1,500 Los Angeles foster youth “age out” of the system, suddenly pushed out on their own and often unprepared for independent life. For these young people, the holidays can be a very difficult time.
The Alliance for Children’s Rights and actress Angie Harmon host a very hands-on holiday dinner held at the California School of Culinary Arts for over 30 former foster youth. The teens, many of them participants in The Alliance’s mentoring program, learn etiquette rules and how to cook delicious Thanksgiving recipes, spend time with their mentors and other supportive adults, and get to know each other over the meal.
It is an afternoon of fun and good food while giving young adults an opportunity to create their own holiday tradition as they transition into adulthood.
This is a private event.
For information on volunteering/sponsoring or for invitation information for transitioning foster youth, please contact:
Telephone: (213) 368-6010 X 115
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts at The Arclight Hollywood
6370 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028