During the COVID pandemic, we continued our critical work with local teens and young adults who left traditional high school and needed an alternative pathway to graduation and the workforce. With masks on and hearts full of hope, our culinary arts students continued their education at our commercial kitchen, receiving nationally recognized certifications, and preparing for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) they need to take the next step into adulthood.  Meanwhile, our LWYB students worked with teachers and  local photographer Molly Haley to create their own recipes and accompanying essays to tell their stories to the world. We are thrilled to show off our students’ accomplishments and their new cookbook at this event, and to welcome our community to gather in person for the first time since the pandemic.


June 9th
Dinner + Cookbook Celebration

Join us on June 9th from 6 to 8 PM at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, ME for a the launch of a new cookbook created in partnership with our LearningWorks YouthBuild culinary arts students and photographer Molly Haley.  Guests will enjoy a student inspired dinner from Lake & Co., drinks, and dessert from Portland Twist. Our event will feature readings of student essays and the announcement of our raffle winner.  All proceeds from the event will benefit our free community programs.

Learn about our
Raffle Prizes

Our grand prize is a serene rural getaway in Maine’s Western Mountains. This is an exquisite custom built contemporary home in Bethel, ME. Two queen beds, and one kids room with two bunks (sleeps four children). The home is outfitted with lots of records, CDs, DVDs, art books, games, and WIFI.  See the full airbnb listing here. This gift is redeemable during the spring, summer and fall season.  Prize is valued at upwards of $1,000.  The second prize is a free 2-hour Private Charter aboard Casco Bay Custom Charter’s lobster boat MONHEGAN or their gaff-rigged cutter HESPER, or $500 off any other private charter offered by Casco Bay Custom Charters and Portland Water Tours, Inc. Beer and wine are available for purchase on all charters. This gift is redeemable during the 2022 season. For more information, visit Casco Bay Custom Charter’s website.

Here are some sneak peeks of our exciting new LearningWorks YouthBuild Cookbook! Want to see more? You can purchase the book at our event!

JJ's Mom's Burrito Enchiladas

Tony's Grandma's Rice and Beans

Kam's Steaks

Sara's Tamales

Come Support our Cookbook Authors!