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Food Leadership for Youth (FLY) Program
Food Leadership for Youth (FLY) is an after-school program for high-school girls who want to learn how to cook while engaging in issues related to nutrition and environmental sustainability. The program has a strong leadership component that allows particpants to solidify food concepts and skills learned, while gaining volunteer hours for helping to educate their peers, friends, and family. The program runs once a week on Wednesdays from October to May.
FLY - Phase I (October to January)
The program during this period focuses on:
- Increasing cooking skills and training in a commercial kitchen.
- Providing workshops on nutrition, gender and diet issues, media, and sustainable food systems learning.
- Including numerous ice-breakers that help to build group cohesion and solidarity.
FLY - Phase II (February to May)
This period focuses on putting the student’s skills and knowledge into practice by:
- Hosting cultural food days (girls have to do research on their own cultural foods, bring recipes, and complete a presentation for the group).
- Completing a March break camp that includes conducting primary research on a food issue of their choice, making educational videos, and completing volunteer hours in The Stop's programs.
- Writing, drawing. and editing a FLY Magazine (click here to download a PDF of the FLY girls' first zine!).
- Planning and executing school food demos and presentations.
- Planning and executing an Iron Chef competition with a teaching component on nutrition for friends and family.