Deadline to apply for Hawaii Youth Food Council is Friday

The Hawaii Youth Food Council, which aims to get high school students more involved in food issues and policy, is accepting applications through Friday. Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Youth Food Council

The Maui News

High school students with a passion for food, nutrition and agriculture can apply to join the Hawaii Youth Food Council by Friday.

The council is comprised of high school-level students from public, charter and independent high schools across the state who are united by a mission to engage youth in policy and systems change efforts that result in a just and equitable food system for a healthier Hawaii, according to a news release on Tuesday.

The goals of the council are to develop youth leadership skills, execute a tangible team project, increase the prevalence of youth voice in existing food system efforts and networks and provide guidance and mentorship to youth.

Launched in February 2020, the inaugural Hawaii Youth Food Council had five youth from four islands who were selected from a pool of 40 applicants to help design and plan for the council’s expanded rollout. During the 2021-2022 school year, nine youth served as council members and hosted the annual online We Grow Hawaii Youth Food Summit during April as this year’s team project.

Members also have the opportunity to work with mentors, leaders and advocates in food systems to learn leadership skills as well as select policy priorities to champion for the next legislative session.

The council aims to increase youth engagement and leadership through projects and policy work in the potential areas of school food, school gardens, home gardens, healthy eating, food waste, local agriculture, sustainable food production, nutrition education, workforce development, hunger prevention and community food systems.

For more details, visit hiphi.org/HYFC.

To access an application form, visit forms.gle/RA5u9MK6ns65wcrw6.

For more information about applications, contact Olivia Whittemore at hawaiiyouthfoodcouncil@gmail.com.


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