Founded in 2007 and based in Hoi An, Vietnam, STREETS is a comprehensive and fully-supported 15-month culinary and hospitality training program. Disadvantaged and vulnerable youth living in poverty are chosen to participate in this no-cost program.

Each Trainee participant is provided classroom instruction with hands-on experience in the culinary arts and/or hospitality services, nutritious meals, supervised housing, clothing, uniforms, an active community, monthly allowance, and basic medical care.

This is the only real chance for many of these disadvantaged young adults to transition from poverty and life on the streets to the dignity of self-sufficiency that comes with a successful career in hospitality. STREETS is committed to providing Trainees with the opportunity to build a life marked by achievement and economic independence for themselves, their families and their communities.

Grand Circle Foundation is proud to have supported 10 scholarships in the 2019-2020 class,  20 scholarships for the 2021-2022 class and another 20 for the 2022-2023 semester! These 15 month long courses are only $1800, a little over $100 a month to change someone’s future!  That is now 42 students!

Cuong is one of the recent graduates and tells her story.  She grew up in the Minh Tu orphanage, supported by Grand Circle Foundation since 2002.  The ability to attend the classes at Streets has been a life changing opportunity for her and despite Covid, she has secured a position at a restaurant in Quang Nhai province!