Jeremy C. Park talks with Rokeisha Bryant, Executive Director of Cafe Momentum Nashville, who highlights the award-winning restaurant and culinary training facility for justice-involved youth, ages 15-19, which was originally founded in Dallas, Texas. The organization aims to transform young lives by equipping youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential.
During the interview, Rokeisha talks about their Momentum Model and current eight week paid mini internship program, which launched in January 2022, and trains youth in every aspect of operating a fine dining restaurant – from cooking to serving, bussing and more. Simultaneously, the youth can receive up to 12 months of curriculum and are supported by a robust ecosystem of support and job placement assistance upon completion of the program.
Rokeisha talks about their plans for expansion in the future, their goal of building a brick and mortar restaurant in Nashville, and how the community can support their efforts through pop-up dinners, catering, and more.