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.