WNBC: The Debrief with David Ushery
Inspired by a story on Next Generation Catering that ran in the New York Times, NBC-4’s David Ushery hosted the young men featured in that story for an interview at famed broadcast hub Rockefeller Center.
Founded in 2008 by The Children’s Aid Society, Next Generation Catering specializes in healthful, innovative cuisine made from fresh and seasonal ingredients. The program takes its name from the building where participants make their magic in the kitchen: The Next Generation Center, our one-stop center that provides support, training and opportunities to Bronx youth, 14-24, as they transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency.
Youth employed at NGC Caterers lead every aspect of the business, from creating menus, to preparing and serving food, to managing finances and marketing. In the process, they learn valuable entrepreneurship, leadership and life skills. All proceeds from this enterprise go right back into the NGC training program.
The center also offers these young chefs, and the many young people who come through its doors each day, a full range of supportive services, including job readiness and job development services, educational guidance and tutoring, legal advocacy, housing assistance, technology instruction and creative and visual arts programs.
Current caterers Nestor Martinez, Brandon Colon and Lester Amaya were interviewed for this segment. They were joined by catering program manager LuAnne Blaauboer.