Youth are the future!

Through all our programming, we aim to cultivate the next generation of leaders in food justice & health equity.

Programs are tailored to meet the specific interests, structure and capacity of each school. Here’s what’s going on in schools around the city:

F.l.y. (Food Systems Leadership for youth)

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F.L.Y. interns at Atlas Preparatory School learn about all aspects of the food system, go on immersive field trips to sites like Venetucci Farm and the GrowHaus and get the chance to develop impactful, self-directed projects. They also become food ambassadors in their community, managing a weekly grocery program. The for-credit curriculum is broken into four sections:

  1. Communicate: What is the importance of relationship building in community-engagement work? 

  2. Compost: How is food produced in our country? How is it wasted? What is our role in the food system?

  3. Cook: What are our respective food traditions? What is the importance of cooking together? 

  4. Cultivate: How can we foster both food security and food sovereignty? Completion of final projects!

Upon completion of the internship, there’s stepped opportunity for employment first as a F.L.Y. Mentor, who mentors the interns and oversees the grocery program, then as a F.L.Y Coordinator, who help lead program lessons.

School Food Rescues

Working with students, faculty and staff, CSFR has started food rescues in the cafeterias of schools in Districts 11, 2 and 20:

  • Challenger Middle School

  • General William Palmer High School

  • Sierra High School

  • Atlas Preparatory School

  • Stratton Meadows Elementary School

  • Fountain Valley School

  • Your school! Interested? Reach out:

    These programs both educate students on minimizing their waste and make a tangible impact on diversion.

    Want to start a food rescue at your school? Reach out to our Director of Programs, Patience Kabwasa, for more information:

Bike shifts

Students at Community Prep High School can get credit for volunteering in Fresh Food Connect. On a weekly shift during the growing season, a group of 1-5 students, teachers, staff and volunteers use pedal-power to pickup donated produce from local gardeners and deliver it to CSFR’s grocery programs. It’s good exercise for a good cause. Learn more about Fresh Food Connect.

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