Best Practices for Food and Garden Youth Education Organizations: Findings from a D.C. Community Needs Assessment Process
Kid Power Inc.,
Kid Power, Inc. requested an Emerson Fellow to conduct a community needs assessment of its VeggieTime food and garden youth education program in order to examine the structure of its programs, evaluate its responsiveness to school communities, and to make future recommendations for the program. Throughout this assessment process, many findings about best practices for food and garden youth education programs came to light through the discussions, focus groups, survey, and interviews that were performed for the research. This hunger free community report looks to describe the different types of food and garden youth education programs as well as their goals and benefits. Six best practices are recommended for the administration of food and garden youth education programs that are long-lasting, have strong support systems, and work in a community-based responsible service model.
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Robbie grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Sociology. While attending SUNY Geneseo Robbie served as co-chair of a student activist group called Food Security Advocates, where he educated fellow students about hunger on college campuses, created a food pantry delivery program for students during the covid-19 pandemic, and passed a college resolution to create an on-campus food pantry. In the summer of 2021, Robbie was a speaker for the New York State Food Summit to speak on a panel about college food insecurity. Robbie also served as an intern at the federal policy office for WE ACT for Environmental Justice, where he worked on policy briefs and conducted research to ensure that environmental policies considered the intersecting issues of racial justice, gender equity, and income inequality at all times.
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Kid Power, Inc. inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved communities throughout the District of Columbia.
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Kid Power is the only nonprofit expanded learning program offering a three-pronged approach to helping underserved D.C. students grow and become engaged leaders in their communities. Each year, Kid Power helps hundreds of youth succeed academically, empowers them to become engaged leaders and responsible citizens, and fosters healthy living through community gardens. Kid Power students work every day to build a stronger, healthier, and more resilient District.