Youth Development in Action.
Our Full Circle Food Team (FCFT) youth (aged 13-18) participate in food-system literacy training and lead community-driven projects for a healthier Colorado Springs. Projects include the creation of school-based food rescues, community cookbooks, and food waste reduction media, participating in immersive field trips, and managing healthy food distribution programs. Through our programming we aim to foster youth leaders in food innovation and Promotoras de Salud/ Promotors of Health- in our community.
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See below for some of the initiatives that have been led by our "Full Circle Food Team" youth leaders!
The Atlas Preparatory School Intern/Mentor Program
Full Circle Food Team interns at Atlas Preparatory School both manage a weekly healthy food distribution program and partake in weekly 'food system curriculum' from our Program Director. The educational program is broken up into four sections:
- Communicate: What is the importance of relationship building in community-engagement work?
- Compost: How is food produced in our country? How is it wasted? What is our role in the food system?
- Cook: What are our respective food traditions? What is the importance of cooking together?
- Cultivate: How can we foster both food security and food sovereignty? Completion of final projects!
The Grocery Program model exists to serve and collaborate with otherwise overlooked neighborhoods with a realization that income is inversely proportional to consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Often low-income communities exhibit diet related diseases that can be avoided by increased consumption of fresh produce.
In August 2015 CSFR began its first class-credited school internship program at Atlas Preparatory School, in which four High School students are in charge of the school's grocery program and learn each week about their food system through the guidance and curriculum of two Colorado College education majors.
School Food Rescues
As of January 2016, CSFR has begun food rescues from the cafeterias of Challenger Middle School, and in March, began a similar project at General William Palmer High School in conjunction with a student-created "Waste Free World" mural. Since these pilot programs, we've begun "school food waste reduction" programs at schools in Districts 11, 2, and 20.
These programs aim to serve a dual purpose of both educating students on minimizing their waste, while making a tangible impact on the community through assisting in the process of the food's redistribution. Examples of schools in which we've assisted food rescue programs:
- Challenger Middle School
- General William Palmer High School
- Sierra High School
- Atlas Preparatory School
- Stratton Meadows Elementary School
- Fountain Valley School
If your school is interested in starting a 'school food rescue', please reach out to us at email@example.com.
A project by 2016 Atlas Prep Full Circle Food Team interns was to create a "Community Cookbook" by gathering recipes from community members participating in a no-cost grocery distribution program. For any recipe shared, interns would return the favor by giving out a reusable canvas grocery tote bag.