Since 2013, PGF has operated its Culinary Hospitality Administration Management Program (CHAMP). CHAMP is a year-long training program for at-risk and high-need San Diego residents. The CHAMP program is designed for individuals from low-income and high-crime communities of San Diego. CHAMP is specifically tailored to assist individuals with current legal issues, or individuals who are at risk of becoming involved in gang-related criminal activity, substance abuse, human sex trafficking, incarceration, homelessness, and violence.
The Engineering & Music Program Inspiring Rising Entrepreneurs (EMPIRE) program is a 10-month training program for at-risk youth (ages 12-17) living in San Diego. Through valuable hands-on experience, participants are taught how to build and manage their own music industry or multimedia business by learning about studio engineering, graphic design, relevant STEM fundamentals (Science Technology Engineering Math), and the operation a multimedia business. Credible messengers from Paving Great Futures use multimedia as a tool to mentor and teach the six core competencies.
The Leadership and Civic Engagement Development (LACED) program works to ensure the collective voice of unrepresented communities is being heard. LACED trains and educates young people to take leadership positions on local government boards and commissions and to advocate for local decision making that addresses current social and economic challenges. By having community representation in local decision-making bodies — and, ideally, on the state level — there will be a direct impact on policies, procedures, and allocation of resources which will benefit marginalized San Diego communities.
Financial Literacy and Investment Program provides San Diego residents with tools and resources to improve their financial standing. Participants are given a clear understanding of the importance of credit, home ownership, investments and entrepreneurship. Financial Literacy Investment Program for the impoverished communities of San Diego Industry professionals will instruct the community on financial literacy in an understandable language.
Champion Catering is a revenue-generating business which provides high-quality catering services to businesses and individuals throughout San Diego county. The program provides on-the-job training for the participants who have completed the C.H.A.M.P program. Revenue from Champion Catering sales are reinvested in the C.H.A.M.P. program so that more participants may be served.
Flippers Fish and Chicken was created by CHAMP participants who wrote a business plan as part of their entrepreneurial training. Flippers is a thriving mobile food service business that serves street fairs and various other pop-up locations in San Diego county. Much like Champion Catering, Flippers provides instruction and employment to participants while generating income for the organization.