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Real Job Training. Real Opportunity.

Thrive DC is proud to provide a program that works with individuals who face significant barriers to employment. We help clients train for a new culinary career who struggle with all kinds of problems, from homelessness and a long history of joblessness, to substance abuse and felony convictions.

But if clients are willing to put in the work, we can help them start their careers over.

Real Opp GraduationA Job Program That Works

Our Real Opportunity Training Program (Real Opps) is a six month program with intensive case management to overcome major challenges. It’s broken down into three sections:

  • 5 weeks of soft skills development
  • 6 weeks training as a chef alongside Thrive DC’s kitchen staff
  • 12 week externship at a local restaurant

Near the end of training clients will also have the opportunity to test for a Food Handler’s License.

Real Opps is designed for the individual who wants to make a real change in their lives. Individuals must be committed to the program for six months, while Thrive DC provides a small stipend. For those who complete the program, achieving their goals is very possible! Many individuals are hired directly by the restaurants they extern at, and for those who aren’t, they have the foundational skills and good references to be an asset at any kitchen in the city.

For questions about the program, please contact David Vincenty at (202) 503-1532 or