YES! Real Food, Active Living youth leader trainings empower young people in community change efforts to increase access to real food and active living and address the childhood obesity epidemic. To learn more about these trainings, contact Katie Spears at 919-878-8777 ext. 8 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Real Food 101
Real Food 101 is a four-hour youth leader training that takes a multi-faceted look into the U.S. food system, food injustices, agribusiness, school lunch programs, effects of food on the human body and the environment that contribute to a lack of safe, affordable and accessible foods.
This training engages youth in opportunities to dissect these complex issues and explore sustainable policy, environmental and system changes on the local and state level. Youth are given in-depth information on advocacy strategies and starting points so they can become strong advocates for real food in their own communities.
Active Living 101
Active Living 101 is a four-hour youth leader training that takes a look inside the environmental structures, policies and systems in the U.S. that hinder active lifestyles. This includes analysis of transportation systems, access to resources, safe places to play, financial burdens, and school physical activity and education requirements.
This training explores the effects of inactivity and the policies that support an active and engaged lifestyle. Youth who participate walk away with an action plan for future advocacy efforts.
Youth Advocacy is a four-hour youth leader training that helps youth use their knowledge and critical awareness of real food and active living to advocate for a specific change to an environment, system or policy in their communities. Youth who attend this training should have a sound foundation through the Real Food 101 and/or Active Living 101 training.
Specific topic areas of Youth Advocacy include creating media messages, researching legislators, practicing public speaking, completing an environmental scan, collecting petition signatures, developing a survey, interviewing stakeholders, and analyzing data. The training gives youth an opportunity to fully develop advocacy strategies and leave with a complete advocacy project.
Media Literacy is a four-hour youth leader training that teaches youth how to understand the relationship between media and culture. The training exposes techniques used in advertisements for food and beverages and gives youth an opportunity to develop their own media messages for their advocacy work.
Youth who participate walk away with a deeper understanding of how media affects them and a personalized action plan for future advocacy efforts.