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New York Post | by Catherine Curan


A year ago, Luis Vargas seemed stuck in the ranks of New York City’s 172,000 young adults who are not in school or working.

Now he’s a full-time pastry chef at fast-growing local restaurant run by EMM Group. Vargas has found his calling in the kitchen, baking decadent desserts like the chocolate brownie cake dished out at Meatpacking hotspot Catch NYC.

Vargas, who has a GED but no college education, broke free from low-paid, occasional hours at a fast-food chain thanks to job application and résumé assistance from the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN).

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