The Kids Cook Community Initiative is a culinary arts program that has been created to facilitate the educational development of at-risk youths. Young people that: are struggling in school, have behavior problems, or live in local shelters are the objective groups. K2CI’s goal is to greatly expand the capacity of young people, ages eight to eighteen, to learn. Through practical cooking skills and techniques, the program will teach youths to identify and utilize various competencies including: respect, confidence, goal achievement, organization, communication, and social interaction. KC2I's main objective is to foster creativity and encourage young people to explore their talents and interests while having fun! This program reinforces the invaluableness of education while stimulating the desire to learn. Expectations of students who complete the program include the following: • Improvement in Reading/English and Math classes. • Development of effective communication skills (sharing ideas, explaining problems). • Increased critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills. • Ability to plan and organize. • Effective interaction in group settings using cooperative behavior skills. • Understand and apply healthy eating habits. • Exhibit and confidence independence in preparing meals.