Free Lunch Academy offers innovative, non-discriminatory, industry neutral workforce programming services for youth, young adults and businesses that truly value creativity. Through educational training, internships and mentoring, Free Lunch Academy combines emerging industry best practices, subject matter expertise and real-world applications within the creative economy and far beyond. By successfully partnering with the City of Chicago, Illinois’ Department of Human Services (DHS) and countless community-based organizations, FLA has been able to provide hundreds of at-risk youth and young adults with the necessary job, career and entrepreneurial skills and training needed for success tomorrow, today. These services are intentionally centered on ethics, character leadership, communication and professionalism in efforts to develop truly well-rounded candidates for employment as a result of programming efforts. Through this innovative approach to matching the demands of the workforce with the city’s diverse supply of talent, Free Lunch Academy has established a high functioning network of employees, employers and emerging entrepreneurs that possess a healthy blend of morals, ethics and drive towards short and long-term economic goals.