The Real Food Challenge is hosting a youth summit to run concurrently with the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Participants will engage in the larger conference, as well as special summit programming: a pre-conference “short course,” evening activities, a post-conference debrief, and workshops throughout!
Join us for four days of community-building, solutions-based workshops, and action. Topics will run from campaign organizing to sustainable farming, and will provide youth participants the opportunity to develop their own sense of leadership and further define their work on these issues.
We’re looking for passionate high school and college students (or youth activists of a similar age) with a commitment to making real change in your community. You can expect to leave with a support network, new friends, leadership skills, and a serious action plan.
Space is limited. Visit the Real Food Challenge website to find out more and to register.
Youth Mentorship Lunch
We are looking for conference “mentors,” adults who are interested in partnering with and supporting a youth attendee at the conference. Is this you?
The Youth Mentorship Lunch will be an opportunity to connect across the generations, sharing conversation over good food. Whether you are a long-time farmer, hospital administrator, school food advocate, or business person, you’ve got something to bring to the table. Many young people are stepping into new leadership roles–working to make change at school and in their community–and are looking to learn from movement elders around them. Mentorship Lunch participants will asked to engage in an equal exchange–both sharing and listening–in matters both professional and personal.
The program will be loosely structured, starting with a shared lunch on Friday, March 20 as well as 1-2 other scheduled check-ins throughout the conference. The rest is up to you and your partner!
Register as a mentor at the Real Food Challenge website.