Foodie Friends uses cooking as a tool to teach adolescents and young adults of all abilities the imperative social and independent living skills needed to transition to adulthood. Cooking empowers our participants to make their own choices and try new things. They make new friends and practice social skills while sharing a meal together and gain independent living skills such as grocery shopping and money management.
Each adaptive cooking class starts with a group greeting and a brief social or cooking lesson. Then, the group breaks into smaller teams to make three recipes, which are accompanied by visual aids and how-to guides. Each class builds on the one before, adding more skills as the semester progresses. The instructors--a social worker and a chef--meet each individual where they are, making accommodations or removing supports as needed.
Foodie Friends for teens will begin in January 2020. More details are to come. If you or your teen would like to be added to our waiting list for the fall, or if you are a school or organization that would like to bring Foodie Friends to your institution, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.