The deadline to apply to Hawaii Youth Food Council is Friday | News, sports, jobs

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

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

The board is made up of high school-level students from public, independent, and independent high schools across the state who are united by a mission to engage young people in efforts to change policies and regulations that lead to a fair and equitable diet for the health of Hawaii, according to a news release Tuesday.

The council’s objectives are to develop youth leadership skills, implement a concrete collective project, increase the reach of the youth voice in existing food systems efforts and networks, and provide guidance and counseling to youth.

Launched in February 2020, the inaugural Hawaii Youth Food Council featured five youths from four islands selected from a pool of 40 applicants to help design and plan for the roll-out of the expanded board. During the 2021-2022 school year, nine young people served as council members and hosted the annual We Grow Hawaii Youth Food Online Summit during April as a team project of the year.

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 advocate for the upcoming legislative session.

The council aims to increase youth participation and leadership through projects and political action 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 food systems the society.

For more details, visit hiphi.org/HYFC.

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

For more information on orders, contact Olivia Whittemore at hawaiiyouthfoodcouncil@gmail.com.

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