The Re-Generate Opportunity program

The RE-GENERATE OPPORTUNITY program was launched by Mandela Partners in 2019 to address barriers to employment among re-entry individuals in Alameda County. In partnership with Oak Harvest Kitchen -- a produce-centered restaurant and kitchen incubator in downtown Oakland -- the Re-Generate Opportunity Program provides food-based job training to build a broad range of skills in the high-demand food and hospitality sector, with a specific focus on Prep Cooks, Line Cooks, and Kitchen Management positions.


Here's how the program works:



Mandela Partners collaborates with workforce development partners to recruit re-entry candidates interested in participating in the Re-Generate Opportunity training program. 


Fundamental Kitchen Training

At Oak Harvest Kitchen, participants get hands-on training and mentorship -- covering food safety, kitchen skills, customer service and hospitality, and essential technologies used in food-service and the workplace.



Once the initial training is complete, program participants enroll in our internship program inside live kitchens - at participating food businesses from Mandela's network - to build live kitchen and food service skills experience to add to their resumes. 


Gaining Employment 

Program graduates then gain access to broader workforce network to secure full-time employment.

In addition to bridging the gap between program participants and an industry with a growing workforce demand, the Re-Generate Opportunity Program also seeks to strengthen relationships between job workforce development agencies and locally owned food-based businesses. This initiative was made possible with seed funding made available through the California Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department.