Sprouting Youth Food Action

Project title: Sprouting Youth Food Action

Participatory Budgeting funding request: $5000

Organization/Individual: Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR)

Location: Across the city

What is your project?

Together let’s empower and support youth to engage with their food systems and take action on food issues that are meaningful to them. The Youth Sprout Hub is all about supporting youth with funds, networking, mentorship, and workshops that will instill confidence to jump into the food action landscape of the City of Victoria.

We are the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), and we are looking to fund this project to animate our Youth Food Network (YFN) in 2020! The YFN was launched in 2016 and brings together youth between the ages of 14 and 24 in the Capital Region to engage with their food system, exploring questions of food justice and increasing their food literacy while developing their leadership skills.

The Youth Sprout Hub will be the second iteration of the Sprout Fund project launched in 2019 by the Youth Food Network Action Team. The Sprout Fund pilot project funded 4 community youth food projects which are currently rolling out across the capital region. We would like to springboard youth action through the Sprout Fund project by giving greater support to the recipients and offering training to the youth involved to help them create cutting edge, creative projects that will benefit youth (and food systems) in our city.

We can’t wait to see the growth of a youth food community, food systems, and food literacy! Join us in heating up our Sprout Fund through the Youth Sprout Hub.

How does your project benefit the lives of youth in Victoria?

This youth for youth format allows room for the development of leadership skills. Youth will be both guiding this process along, and participating in the hub as Sprout Fund recipients.10 applicants will be selected to join the Hub, but the benefits of the initiative will have a far reach as each of the projects will impact the broader community. Youth will be encouraged to take on projects that involve their peers, through education, collaboration and inspiration.

This opportunity will allow for youth to gain a number of practical skills that will benefit them in life and in the job market. Competencies include project management, event planning, and teamwork. The project will create opportunities for youth to take initiative on projects that are important to them. An opportunity to stretch their creative muscles and put their energy into a project that will benefit themselves, their community, and the environment. This project also promotes food literacy, allowing the space for youth to learn about food, and encouraging them to answer their own questions about food throughout their projects.

We will work to share the impacts and successes of the projects with the broader community, to showcase both the power of youth action, and to INSPIRE youth to take action! We will also be connecting a diverse group of youth, who are all connected by a keen interest in food activism. We believe there is power in the collective, and we look forward to the relationships and connections that will be built from the Hub. Youth are an important part of making meaningful change in our current food landscape. Part of our strategy to create food systems change includes nurturing the next generation of food leaders!

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