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We're back on the west coast featuring United Roots Oakland, a community that seeks "to create a healing space for youth to gather, create a community hub for people to do collaborative projects with youth, and launch a Youth HUB that will support youth entrepreneurs doing ventures".

More at http://unitedrootsoakland.org/.

Follow @unitedroots | https://twitter.com/unitedroots.

Part of a youth/food group like United Roots and want to share your thoughts on the future of the food justice movement?  We welcome them on our 20-question survey at http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

 
 
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We're featuring SEEDS's DIG Program in Durham, North Carolina, "a youth-driven, urban farming leadership development program...[which] empowers teens by teaching organic gardening, sound business practices, healthy food choices and food security values.

The program emphasizes sustainable living and growing practices, ecological balance, and the natural recycling of organic materials for plant health and nourishment. DIG youth are paid a stipend to cultivate fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and mushrooms, which they sell at the Durham Farmer’s Market and make available to [their] neighbors."

Major props to SEEDS for inspiring Bring Healthy Back! More at http://www.seedsnc.org/dig/about-dig/.

If you're part of a youth/food group or organization and have thoughts about the food justice movement, share your's today like SEEDS on our 20-question survey: http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

Photo: SEEDS

 
 
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We're jumping to the east coast now, featuring Nuestras Raices, a "grassroots organization that promotes economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment".


Their youth projects aim to increase food justice literacy, exposure to entrepreneurship, and youth agricultural knowledge.

More at http://www.nuestras-raices.org/

Are you part of a group or org like Nuestras Raices and have thoughts about the future of the food justice movement? Share your's today witha  20-question survey: http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

 
 
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Today, we're featuring City Slicker Farms, "empowering West Oakland residents, especially youth, to become leaders within our community and the food movement" by "decreasing the incidence of disease, improving health, and increasing economic and food self-sufficiency for West Oakland residents".

More at http://www.cityslickerfarms.org/.

Work at a youth/food justice organization?  Help shape the future of the food movement like City Slicker Farms with a 20-question survey: http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

Photo: City Slicker Farms.


 
 
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With Growing Power's Food Summit happening this month, we're featuring Growing Power Youth-Corps, a group of about 350 youth ages 14-22 years old offered living wage jobs for youth once graduated from the program, an awareness of where food comes from, and a safe and warm environment in which to grow and create.

More about the Youth Corps: http://www.growingpower.org/youth_education.htm

Many thanks to the Youth Corps for helping shape our future! Work at a food/youth organizations? Share your thoughts on our 20-question survey: http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

Photo: Growing Power Youth Corps.


 
 
Join us for Dinner, Film & Discussion about the connections between food, migration, culture, labor, and the current immigration debate.

Wednesday March 27, 2013
at SoleSpace 1714 Telegraph Ave in Oakland, CA
6-9 pm

Featuring
Saru Jayaraman (author, Behind the Kitchen Door; co-founder, ROC-United)
Gerald Lenoir (Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration)
Hai Vo (Organizer, Live Real and Viet Unity)
and 
Harvest of Empire, a film by Juan Gonzalez.

Moderated by Gerardo Marin (Rooted In Community) and Navina Khanna (Live Real)

Hosted by HUB Oakland, Live Real, Planting Justice, Rooted In Community, Urban Tilth.
 
 
Today, we're featuring the Sustainable Urban Design Academy (SUDA) at Castlemont High School in Oakland, CA, as part of the Oakland Unified School District.

Founded in 2010, SUDA is mentoring program that pairs high school students with caring adults who assist them in bettering their grades and exploring higher education and career options. One of those options is their food justice program, where they explore eco-apartheid through sustainable urban design with equity, environment and economy themes.

More at http://www.thrivingstudents.org/.

Props to SUDA for sharing thoughts on Live Real's 20-question survey on next steps for the youth food movement! We invite folks working with food and youth development to do the same:

http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

Video: Timothy Bremner
 
 
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Today, we're featuring UPROSE, United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE)!

UPROSE "is an environmental justice and social justice community based organization located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Founded in 1964, UPROSE is Brooklyn’s oldest latino community organization." UPROSE is "a multiracial, multicultural and intergenerational organization dedicated to facilitating broad and converging sustainable development and youth justice campaigns.

Currently, they are building community power through broad and converging campaigns/projects, developing local indigenous leadership, and fighting for social, environmental, food, and transportation justice.

More at http://uprose.org/.

Be their Facebook friend: https://www.facebook.com/uprose.

Follow @UPROSE: https://twitter.com/UPROSE

Many thanks to them for sharing thoughts on Live Real's 20-question survey on next steps for the youth food movement! We invite folks working with food and youth development to do the same:

http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

Photo: UPROSE

 
 
We're giving props today to Oakland-based youth-social-entrepreneurship program Youth SEED, formerly Ashoka's Youth Venture San Francisco Bay Area.

"Our current focus is in redeveloping our program into Youth SEED. The strength of our program is in supporting the vision and passion of young people. They lead and we support. Where we are currently organizing is in supporting the adult population to better support our young people."

Check out this video of Paul and Kevin with Oakland Food Connection, two youth who went through this program in 2011!

Many thanks to Youth SEED for sharing thoughts on Live Real's 20-question survey on next steps for the youth food movement! We invite folks working with food and youth development to do the same:

http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

Video: Ballad Center.
 
 
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This winter, we're featuring awesome youth food justice crews across the country who're livin' real!

Today, we're giving props to the Philadelphia Urban Creators, who "are a group of young people who are fostering healthy relationships with Philadelphia communities in order to develop our neighborhoods sustainably and equitably, FROM THE GROUND UP!

Through community organizing, service-learning, artistic expression, and urban agriculture, we seek to unite, as well as educate, energize, and empower Philadelphia youth, ex-offenders, and communities with the skills, resources, networks, and analysis to become passionate leaders in the movement to transform blighted urban landscapes into models of community-based, social and environmental sustainability."

Check out more of them here: http://phillyurbancreators.org/.

Are you part of a food justice crew like PUC and have thoughts on shaping the next steps of the youth food movement? We invite folks to take 20 minutes on a 20-question survey: http://liverealnow.weebly.com/shaping-our-future.html.

Photo: Philadelphia Urban Center.