On Wednesday, October 23rd, over 200 members of the Buffalo community came out for the 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit. The Food Policy Summit opened at 5:00 PM with Just Lead, an event hosted by the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Youth Advisors Council (HKHC-YAC). To see pictures from the event, visit HKHC-Buffalo’s Food Policy Summit Public Event at http://flic.kr/p/hhRaEf.
Just Lead was a kick-off for school wellness teams in Buffalo meant to engage youth and community support for health and wellness initiatives in schools. Using a facilitators guide, called Students Taking Charge, HKHC-YAC will support student leaders to participate on their school wellness teams by identifying the needs of their school community and coming up with changes that are suitable for their school.
Youth participating in HKHC-YAC are already recognized in Buffalo for their leadership on issues important to teenagers. This past Spring, HKHC-YAC members succeeded in securing two seats for youth on the newly formed Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County. Two years ago, the HKHC-YAC youth worked with NFTA to expand bus service for students at Tapestry Charter School and increase the flexibility of the bus passes to better serve the needs of students. This year, HKHC-YAC is focused on improving school lunch.
We hope that the Buffalo community — students, parents, and faculty — will continue to support the work of HKHC-YAC by signing up to become an active member of the initiative and their School Wellness Team.
To learn more about HKHC-YAC, click here to visit our page on the HKHC-Buffalo website. To sign up or for more information, please contact Rebekah Williams at Rebekah@mass-ave.org or by phone at (716) 882-5327 x 6.
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