This week’s guest blog is written by second year FoodCorps California Service Member, Roanna Cooper. Serving two consecutive years with Food, What?!, a youth empowerment program in partnership with Life Lab, Roanna has had the opportunity to be a mentor for countless of youth across Santa Cruz County. Read on to learn about Food, What?! and the youth-led workshops offered.
Peer, What?! Let the Youth Lead!
Beginning in 2013, “Food, What?!” began a partnership with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to extend its reach to hundreds more youth across the county by offering a peer-to-peer Community Educator Workshop Series in various classrooms throughout Santa Cruz and Watsonville. This has not only allowed FoodWhat to offer hundreds of area youth some of the youth empowerment, food justice and health content utilized in its core programs, but has also provided a unique opportunity for FoodWhat Alumni to step into a strong leadership role with their peers, furthering positive youth development outcomes.
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