Our Vision A society where hard work is rewarded with access to career opportunities, enabling individuals to realize their full potential. Our Mission To unlock human potential and catalyze career advancement by providing underemployed adults with access to innovative business resources, individualized support, and professional leadership. Read About Us »
Our Program At the heart of the food industry is the art of creating a positive experience for employees, managers, and customers. At the heart of the food industry behind the scenes is managing the finances of the business. Champion Access programs focus on building core skills in these two areas.Read About Our Program & Participants »
Pilot 2.0 Success Pilot 2.0 featured participants from 1st & Fresh Catering (a subsidiary of Aramark) and Five Guys, for a six-week workshop series. The classes featured outside professionals who covered a wide range of topics including restaurant financing and hospitality, to strategic negotitions and managing difficult personalities. Watch Pilot 2.0's in Action on Our Blog »
Meet Alfredo Alfredo stood out as one of the best employees of a 130 employee multi-unit restaurant chain. But he wanted to be better. In February, Champion Access enrolled him in reading, writing and communication classes to get him the skills he needs as a manager. Since then, he has made great progress and has received a promotion to kitchen manager. Alfredo was one of the thousands of New Yorkers working for an unlivable wage. With the right kind of support and skills intervention, he is now beginning to realize his true potential. Read More Profiles »
Champion Access is a New York City based nonprofit organization that works with adults earning a low-wage in the food industry. We connect them to mentors, professional networks and management training necessary to advance their own careers, earn a sustainable living and be catalysts for change in their families and communities.
Definitions of Our Terms:
- Champion (noun): A talented adult working in a low-wage food sector job who given the opportunity, resources, and support will cultivate their potential.
- Access (noun): A means of approaching or entering into the economic mainstream, shifting paradigms.
- Champion + Access = Champion Access