Alycia is the Executive Director of the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF). Alycia’s enthusiasm in indicative of why this Foundation is able to raise money and succeed to help so many people. The Foundation is the helping hand that empowers California’s restaurant workforce through education, scholarships, and emergency assistance. The Foundation has a few programs including Scholarships, Restaurants Care and Pro Start. In 2019, $90,000 in scholarships were given to 30 students. Since its inception in 1981, CRAF has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships and grants. Restaurants Care provides one-time financial support to restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship. ProStart is a two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management program. In California, the CRA Foundation runs the ProStart program in 140 public high schools – reaching 13,500 students. Many of the schools that they serve are under-resourced and are in disadvantaged communities. The CRAF was founded in 1981 and is doing an incredible service to the hospitality industry.  [EP71]

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