The Cooking & Wellness for Independence Program

The Cooking & Wellness for Independence (summer) program is an intensive four day educational training program for youth between 15 and 26 years of age. This program is specifically for youth who are interested in developing culinary skills, improving their physical, mental and emotional health.  In a structured learning environment youth will participate in a variety of activities which hope to promote independence and wellbeing. 

Youth will spend 2 half days working in a commercial size kitchen, receiving instruction from an experienced chef who will teach them basic cooking skills and how to work safely in a kitchen.  Youth will also learn a variety of ways to make economical and healthy meals that fit their budget and build their confidence in the kitchen.   One morning will be devoted to touring markets, learning how to select healthy foods with the afternoon devoted to creating healthy budget friendly meals with the assistance of staff.  Over the four days youth will also participate in several educational workshops to promote physical, mental and emotional health.  They will receive instruction from a Nutritionist, yoga practitioner, self-defence trainer, Sexual Health Promoter; earn a food handling certificate and hours towards their high school volunteer requirement.

Participants will receive breakfast, snacks and a lunch which they will prepare with the chef and volunteers.  Participants will also receive a yoga mat, water bottle and budget friendly healthy cookbook as a wellness gift.

COST:  There is NO cost for attending this program and the youth will receive two tokens per day, plus any additional tokens if needed, for attending the program. The program will run from 9:30am until 4pm daily. Location TBD but youth will begin Monday’s at either Covenant House or the Ralph Thornton Centre.


The sessions will be conducted the weeks of:  


Monday July 17, 2017 – Thursday July 20, 2017

Monday July 24, 2017 – Thursday July 27, 2017

Monday July 31, 2017 – Thursday August 3, 2017

Tuesday August 9, 2017 – Thursday August 10, 2017

Monday August 14, 2017 – Thursday August 17, 2017

Monday August 21, 2017 – Thursday August 24, 2017


Please fill out the application and fax or email to:


Alex Benn ext. 27 or Melissa Jewell ext. 31 or Diane Choi ext. 28

T:(416) 462-1010

F:(416) 462-0161;;