Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: Magnolia

Engaging Youth in the Farm to School Movement

  • Lisa Paniagua, Community Education Specialist II, School Garden Sustainability, UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program

  • Juliane Mittman, UC Garden Nutrition Extender, UC Cooperative Extension - SLO

  • Sofia Steen, Student

  • Moderator: Phoebe Copp, Community Nutrition Advisor, Dairy Council of California

Incorporating youth engagement principles into Farm to School efforts creates opportunities for youth to be healthy food ambassadors in school communities, while gaining knowledge and skills to be leaders in their communities. Youth engagement in Farm to School efforts requires educators to provide pathways for developing strong youth-adult partnerships that seek out and respect youth perspective. Incorporating these principles into Farm to School efforts can lead to healthier and more connected school communities that develop youth leaders prepared for future careers in food, agriculture and advocacy. Successfully implemented youth engagement strategies increase students' positive social and emotional development, leadership, problem solving and decision making skills, sense of belonging and sense of purpose, while decrease student engagement in high-risk behaviors (Texas State University, 2016). Training educators in youth engagement strategies benefits everyone in the school community. This workshop will provide opportunities to:

  • Learn about levels of youth engagement and why youth engagement is important
  • Understand strategies for engaging youth in Farm to School activities
  • Identify ways to increase opportunities for youth decision-making
  • Practice youth engagement strategies through hands-on activities