"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Sir Isaac Newton

Finding a Passion

Passion Through the Process gives high school seniors a chance to develop their unknown skills in the hospitality field and tap into their unused potential. Interns works side-by-side with The JDK Group team at every stage of implementation, from culinary, to marketing, to logistics. By the end of the program, students will have created and executed their own plan that solves a business need.

The goal of this program is to give students real life applications they can use for the rest of their careers, helping to cultivate the future of America. This is done by exposing them to new perspectives in a professional setting and inspiring them to find their passion. These are experiences they can use no matter what steps they make in life and will push them forward to create a life full of meaning.

Consisting of two parts over ten weeks, the program gets students involved in a plethora of activities to help them better understand the hospitality industry.

Passion Through the Process works with students from Cumberland Valley, Susquenita, Boiling Springs, Cedar Cliff, and Big Spring Senior High Schools.

“Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” - Alan Turing

The 10 Week Journey

The exploration project is a comprehensive 10-week program that provides the students with hands-on experience in a field not often included in high school curriculum. The program is comprised of two parts that hone skills in problem solving, business administration, entrepreneurship, customer service, and immerse the students in team culture and dynamics. The first portion of the exploration project is referred to as the 'Taste Test' portion and allows students to gain hands on experience in five different departments. In the second half of the program, students will create a project that solves a business need in their chosen department. This second portion is referred to as 'The Presentation'.

The Taste Test portion of Passion Through the Process, which will be during the first five weeks, is when the students to be involved in tasks throughout the company’s departments. The high school seniors will integrate in to the Culinary, Event Planning, Marketing, Warehouse Management, and Operations departments. They will participate in everything from creating delicious dishes in culinary to laying out exciting new advertisements in marketing. Each student will get to pull together the perfect decor in event planning and try their hand at loading up the trucks for the next big event with warehouse management. They even get to call the shots in operations!

The Passion Through the Process exploration project is the perfect occasion for students to learn all the details that encompasses the hospitality industry and learn valuable skills. After being fully immersed in the program, students are encouraged to discover which aspects they enjoy the most and ultimately pick their passion!

The second half of the exploration project, or The Presentation, allows the seniors to pull together all they have learned in one of the departments. From there, they will work on a project in the department they were most passionate about and then build and deliver a plan based on this passion that creates a solution to its business needs.

“Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it.”

- Amy Poehler

The Outcome of the Program

Passion Through the Process is a program for students to gain new experiences in an environment where they can connect in real time. Here, they will gain skills in entrepreneurship, problem solving, customer service, business administration, and team culture and dynamics. This project is a way for students to not only expose themselves to a fresh new perspective in a professional setting, but also give them the first hand experience that can they can use no matter what steps they make in life.

Through the real life challenges and obstacles faced throughout their time at The JDK Group, high school seniors will better understand life outside of what they are used to. They will experience tasks that may challenge them and find out what they enjoy in a professional setting. The seniors going through Passion Through the Process will be able to find what they have an enthusiasm for, what they have a passion for, so that they can choose their own fulfilling path.

"Every problem has a solution, you just have to be creative enough to find it." -Travis Kalanick