Titus Mitchell teaches kids to make fries. Photo: Christopher Edwards for BK Reader.

Over the weekend, Charitable organization Childhood USA partnered with Bed-Stuy restaurant ‘The Stuy’ Burgers for the “KIDS COOK! with Chef Titus” event.

Around a dozen neighbors joined in the event, where owner and chef of ‘The Stuy’ Burgers Titus Mitchell taught local children how to make burgers and fries, while members of Childhood USA bonded with community members and shared the organization’s mission of fighting against child abuse.

Children were given colored aprons and chef hats for the activities — that included turning minced beef into patties and cutting potatoes to make French fries — while parents watched on.

The event marks Childhood USA’s first community engagement effort in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where it plans to host more events throughout the year.

 “Everything from sexual abuse, online trafficking, bullying, anything that has made children uncomfortable, we are looking to educate and prevent that from happening,” said Claude Pierre, Director of Community Engagement at Childhood USA.

Hosting the event was a “no-brainer” for ‘The Stuy’ Burger’s owner Titus Mitchell. “My background is in education; I ran afterschool programs for the last 15 years. So I have a huge, huge passion to work with young people,” Mitchell said.


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Christopher Edwards

Christopher Edwards is a Brooklyn-based writer and student at Borough of Manhattan Community College

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