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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

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 made up of high school students from public, charter, and independent high schools across the state who are united by a mission to engage young people in efforts to change policies and systems that result in a fair and equitable food system for a healthier Hawaii, according to a statement released Tuesday.

The council’s goals are to develop youth leadership skills, execute a hands-on team project, increase the prevalence of youth voice in existing food system efforts and networks, and provide guidance and youth mentoring.

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

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

The council aims to increase youth engagement and leadership through projects and policy work in the potential areas of school feeding, 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 on nominations, contact Olivia Whittemore at [email protected]


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