Café Momentum’s program teaches critical skills that allow youth to apply what they have been taught in pre-release programs in a safe, real-world environment of nurturing accountability. By participating in our program, at-risk young people rotate through every aspect of the restaurant from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with established chefs.


For many of our interns, Café Momentum’s 5-part program builds upon Youth Village Resources of Dallas’s prerelease programming in detention. Youth are released from detention into the sheltered environment of Café Momentum’s post-release program. The paid internship gives them the opportunity to exercise and practice their new skills while continuing to develop leadership, social, and vocational skills for as long as they choose to maintain involvement with Café Momentum. Additionally, Café Momentum works with the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department to serve youth deemed highest risk for incarceration.


The program is designed to thoroughly train the intern from the back to the front of house. This exposes each intern completely to everything in a restaurant from the operations, equipment and management protocols to cuisine terminology and customer service. This ensures that the interns who are in contact with the guests are educated and prepared for success.