We have established a stringent and transparent recruitment process to ensure that our program truly benefits those who need it the most. Our program accepts around 30 students per year in order to maintain the quality of our training. The program is also designed to account for the fact that students come from different backgrounds, and strives to ensure that each student receives the support and attention that he or she may need. This model is one of the keys to our program’s high success rates.

We work with our network of partner NGOs to identify and select our students. Our goal is to empower disadvantaged youth who are excluded from stable employment opportunities and therefore will benefit the most from our program.

In general, our applicants fit the following criteria:

  • Youth, ages 17-23, who, due to financial difficulties, are not able to continue their education;
  • Family background: orphans; children of low-income, single-parent households; children whose parents are unable to support their family due to illness
  • Are able to read, write and calculate; physically and mentally fit for kitchen work; have no previous criminal records
  • Need to be recommended by one of our partner associations who have been working with these individuals and are well aware of their family and financial situations.

 Our recruitment process includes:

  • A written application, completed by both the candidates and the partner association who recommends them;
  • Shorted-listed candidates are contacted for an oral interview with SYB’s program managers, either in-person or on the phone;
 Acceptance is based on the candidate’s personal motivation and his/her family’s financial difficulties