in their professional development in the fooD industry AND BEYOND.

Our program is about preparing for the future, and our Fellows are dedicated to the pursuit of professional development in the culinary world. Through our Hospitality for Social Justice (HSJ) training program, Fellows receive expert experience in the food service industry, from planning to plating.

The Hospitality for Social Justice training addresses the societal norms facing marginalized youths in NYC. It teaches youth without the access to opportunity the essential skills already possessed by their counterparts. HSJ Training gives our fellows the awareness necessary to navigate hospitality and empowers them with the agency to make decisions that affect their stability.

We believe environmental factors directly affect a person’s access and ability or lack thereof. It is impossible for us to reverse the effects of a lifetime of adversity and trauma our fellows have previously experienced with only a 2-month intensive. However with a concerted effort from business partners, mentors, and coaches, coupled with a genuinely caring workplace environment, we can instill and teach the values necessary for an integral piece of reentry: preferential employment.



Our Fellows experience a rotation of responsibilities that helps to build skills for their futures.

  • 8 month, paid, quality workplace experience

  • Generating transferable skills, industry credentials, and food service licensing

  • Empowerment advocacy work and leadership development

  • Education through exposure



Fellows participate in two months of HSJ training focused on culinary arts, criminal justice system awareness, and social identity development.


Fellows work at partnering food businesses and return to DC weekly for continued mentorship and support.


Participants are encouraged to continue interacting with the organization after completion, by attending a series of focused events and opportunities for program graduates.



  • You have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system

  • You are between the ages of 18-25 years old and live in New York

  • You can demonstrate that you have an 8th grade, or higher, Math and Reading level

  • You can commit 35+ hrs per week for 8 months to Drive Change

  • You are interested in social justice, or criminal justice reform

Application Process:

  • We are constantly accepting and reviewing new fellowship applications.

  • Your completed application will be subject to review, and will qualify you for an in-person review with the Drive Change Team.

  • The Drive Change Team makes selections from the in-person reviews, and participants for the fellowship are notified.

  • Please note that this is a paid opportunity.


apply using our online or PDF application below.


Have questions about the HSJ TRAINING?

To learn more about our 4-step enrollment process, review the FAQs.