SRJC Chef Instructor Evelyn Cheatham, a Bay Area native, is the founder and Executive Director of Worth Our Weight. Evelyn has worked in the high-end food industry 25 years, including owning and managing several restaurants. An opportunity in 2000 to be a culinary instructor at the Sonoma County Probation Camp became a life-changing experience when she discovered the transformative power that growing, cooking, and eating good food could have for troubled kids--in this case, mostly gang affiliated. Since then Evelyn has dedicated herself to the development of programs that link kids with sustainable agriculture and culinary operations.
Worth Our Weight supports underserved young people: economically disadvantaged youth who have faced major challenges in their lives, including commitment to the foster care system, difficulties with the law, homelessness, or significant family disruption. The vision of Worth Our Weight is to invite these young people into the greater world of food, including farming, professional cooking, restaurant management, and eating high quality food prepared by chefs and other food service professionals, as well as, food they have prepared with their own hands. Worth Our Weight provides a home for career aspirations, teaching young adults ages 15 to 24 how to create a better life for themselves and their families.