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Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Eat Well. Do Good.

Cleveland, OH   |  www.edwinsrestaurant.org

Mission

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute gives formerly-incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for a successful re-entry. EDWINS' goals is to enhance the community of Cleveland's vulnerable neighborhoods by providing its future leaders our mission is to teach a skilled trade in the culinary arts.

Notes from the nonprofit

Investing in EDWINS is an investment in hope. Hope that a second chance is possible for all!

Ruling year info

2008

President, Founder and CEO

Brandon Edwin Chrostowski

Main address

13101 Shaker Square

Cleveland, OH 44120 USA

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EIN

26-0656263

NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that offers formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industries, and a support network necessary for long-term success. The driving principle behind the organization is that every human being, regardless of their past, has a right to a fair and equal future. During the six-month program students of EDWINS learn the ins and outs of fine dining, studying in a classroom by day, and by night, gaining experience, and refining their skills within our restaurant setting. While enrolled in the program, EDWINS students are equipped with intensive training and hands-on work experience. They are also provided with free housing, legal services, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, literacy programs, and more at the Second Chance Life Skills Center (est. 2016)
Through the restaurant and strategic community engagement, EDWINS is educating the public that successful reentry is possible.

Population(s) Served

Provide the same curriculum as taught at EDWINS in Grafton Correctional Institution over the course of a nine-month period with small-group instruction. Classes are led by EDWINS Staff.

EDWINS curriculum, DVD lesson plans, and textbooks in all 30 Ohio prisons.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Incarcerated people

Every EDWINS student receives individualized support to help remove barriers and make their transition home and experience as a student easier. Our case managers offer support in many aspects of life from help gaining access to medical care or procurement of valid IDs and documentation to finding free legal counsel, applying for government services, applying for housing, and more. With the help of community partners, donors, and volunteers our case managers are able to meet most needs ensuring students’ success.

Population(s) Served

EDWINS’ video-based curriculum is available in prisons all across the United States. This program includes 30 hours of instruction, quizzes, and informational content. Currently, approximately 500,000 of these tablets are being used in 263 facilities across 33 states. Best of all, graduates of the tablet program are eligible for free transportation to Cleveland to complete EDWINS in-person program upon their release. Additionally, EDWINS staff offers in-person culinary classes every Saturday at Grafton Correctional Institution in Lorain County, Ohio to approximately 15 inmates.

Population(s) Served

EDWINS graduates at the top of their class are invited to apply to the EDWINS Management Fellowship Program (MFP), Management Students act as managers in training overall EDWINS locations during their program and receive NEXUS leadership certification through the University of Michigan. Participants also receive a $40,000 stipend.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Incarcerated people
Adults
Incarcerated people
Adults
Incarcerated people
Adults
Incarcerated people

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Awards

Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2015

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Goals & Strategy

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Building a Stronger Student

A team of 18 executes the mission and strategic outcomes for EDWINS. The team has more than 75 years of combined restaurant experience, over 15 years of community engagement experience, and more than 10 years of student support experience.

The board of trustees brings decades of grassroots community outreach experience, more than 30 years of legal experience, and over 25 years of marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience.

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Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

J. David O'Halloran

Manufacturing Futures, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2024

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/16/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

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