Welcome to MRA Education Foundation The MRAEF Mission - To serve as a philanthropic foundation of the Missouri Restaurant Association to enhance the restaurant and foodservice industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement, and promotion of career opportunities.
The Missouri ProStart® School-to-Career Program is the flagship initiative of the Missouri Restaurant Association Education Foundation. ProStart is a two-year career technical education program where high-school students learn from an industry-derived, competency-based curriculum that teaches culinary techniques and restaurant management skills, coupled with real-life restaurant sector experiences. Missouri ProStart is supported by the MRA Education Foundation in partnership with the Department of Family, Consumer Sciences and Human Services at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. One of the largest programs in the country, Missouri ProStart works with more than 100 high schools and career centers across the state to introduce over 6,000 students to career opportunities in the restaurant industry.
ProStart offers life-changing opportunities for students and teaches industry-specific and transferable employability skills. Whether students are looking to enter the job market directly after graduating, or planning to continue their education after high school, ProStart graduates are solid candidates for success. Missouri ProStart is inspiring a new generation of talent, who will leave their mark on the restaurant industry of tomorrow, through real world education combined with classroom curriculum relevant to today’s evolving foodservice industry.
With national and local support from industry members, educators, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and state restaurant association partners, ProStart reaches nearly 140,000 students in more than 1,800 high schools across 50 states, the Territory of Guam and at Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and the Pacific.
You can help inspire a new generation of our state’s young people by donating to the MRA Education Foundation - a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. To make a tax-deductible donation to MRAEF, contact the MRA office at 314-576-2777 or click herefor a donation form.
ProStart educators are entitled to a free membership in Missouri Restaurant Association. Contact MRA at email@example.com for assistance.
For more information on ProStart, contact John LaRocca, Missouri ProStart Coordinator, at 573-356-7308 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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