As a child, my mom would send me on trips around the country to visit relatives and by the age of 14 I had already traveled to 9 different states and outside the country and through these travels I had gained so many enriching experiences. I also grew up with family members that were working within the airline industry. Like my grandfather who was an airplane mechanic, my aunt who was a reservation agent and an uncle who was a flight attendant. Traveling was a big part of my family's life and being front and center of their travel benefits inspired me to want the same for myself. So naturally I became a flight attendant.
At a very young age I would watch my grandfather cook up his famous enchiladas and salsa and my mother baking her famous pound cakes in the kitchen. I eventually enrolled in California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where I learned my baking skills.
Over the next 15 years I baked cheesecakes for people all over the country and flew from city to city as a flight attendant. I finally realized that I wanted to contribute more to the world. I knew my talent for baking cheesecakes and my love for travel had to amount to so much more. During my travels I’ve learned two alarming situations that were happening with our youth. First, a large percentage of youth living in the Los Angeles inner-city had never traveled outside of a 4-5 mile radius. Taking a 20 to 90 minute drive to local beaches, deserts or mountains are unheard of. Secondly, more than 50% of youth who age out of group homes and foster systems end up homeless due to limited life and social skills, education and employment. To help this problem, our mission is to develop a social conscience cheesecake company that will give a portion of our proceeds to assist these youth with job training, travel, and cultural awareness.
Mile High Cheesecakes' vision is to create a memorable traveling experience for underprivileged youth that will change their mindset of how they view themselves and the world the live in. Ultimately, elevating these youth to be productive members of their community adding value to the world.
Thank you to professional photographer Jesyka White for donating your time and talent providing the photos for this business.