ARCHS' mentoring program helped youth associated with Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) fire up the oven and learn various culinary skills at Dierbergs Markets on November 22, 2014. The youth worked with two chefs to prep and prepare Mexican chicken wings, mixed green salad with homemade dressing, Italian pizzeria pizza, Chinese fried rice, gooey butter cake, and strawberry lemonade.

After they were finished, the youth were able to eat the tasty meal they had prepared.

Earlier this year, other participating youth learned about robotics with the University of Missouri -St. Louis, toured to the Metropolitan, Education, & Training (MET) Center to learn about construction prep, and also St. Louis  Community College to learn about computer science. To help determine what careers may fit their skills and interest, the youth took the Character Occupational Relationship Evaluation (CORE) assessment.

Funds for DYS career explorations come through the City of St. Louis' Public Safety, Proposition S, Youth at Risk Crime Prevention Fund.

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