Jaleila Blaettler
Chef-In-Training Alumni


Generously Sponsored By: Frontier Co-Op
Age, at time of internship: 16
CIT Intern: 2017
Restaurant Host: Dobbs Ferry Restaurant
Wraparound Program: Old Skool Cafe
Jaleila’s Story:Raised by her single-mother in SF governmental housing, Jaleila struggled with theft, drug use, and low performance at school. After going in and out of juvenile and probation camps, she knew she had to change something. She made a commitment to give herself a shot at a better future. She dropped her old group of friends, enrolled in Sprouts’ CIT Program, and threw herself into her passion for food. Today, Jaleila is finishing high school so that she can pursue a career path involving food and nutrition.
Proudest Moment: Going out of her comfort zone from working at Old Skool to a real-life restaurant experience at Dobbs Ferry.
Future Goals:Wants to cook as a way to get herself through her schooling and one day be a registered nurse and use cooking and nutrition as tools to help her patients.


Jaleila realized that she had the potential to do much more with her life