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Meet Chef Tasheena Butler, our 2016 Catalyst for Change Winner!

We are so pleased to award the second recipient of the Catalyst for Change Award to Chef Tasheena Butler, Culinary Training Coordinator at Liberty’s Kitchen in New Orleans.

This award recognizes an individual from the CK network whose outstanding service and dedication to empowering lives through job training has made significant impact on individuals, their community, and the field of food service social enterprise.

The award presentation took Tasheena completely by surprise, but that didn’t prevent her from delivering an inspiring message to the staff and students gathered for lunch.

Tasheena Butler directs all culinary training activities for Liberty’s Kitchen’s Youth Development Program, providing disconnected youth with workforce and life skills training to become employed and self-sufficient. She is described by her colleagues as “the lynchpin of Liberty’s Kitchen,” a “charismatic leader” who is an innovative and skilled teacher.

Under Chef Tasheena’s leadership the Youth Development Program has

Increased youth applications to the program by 14%

Increased program graduation rate by 14%

33% increase in student graduates are placed in jobs 

Program dropout rates decreased by 43%

THANK YOU Chef Tasheena for all of your work and dedication!

Past Winners

Every year since 2015, our network has honored the amazing work of someone making a difference and changing lives through work in a member program.  Read about their stories by clicking below.