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Project Eat at SLZ

Our Mission

At the heart of all our work at Project EAT is the mission to end health inequities and close the achievement gap in school communities. We support health and nutrition education both in the classroom and after school because we believe that fresh food and exercise are essential to creating healthy students.  We also believe that in order for students to perform their best academically, they have to be at their best physically.  Students who are healthy and performing well academically are in an optimal position to be leaders and role models at their schools and in their communities. Although our programs focus on the growth and development of individual students, our end goal is to shift the behavior of entire communities to become healthier.  Youth need to be the leaders of this behavioral shift because they are inspirational, creative, and heavily invested in the welfare of their community.  Youth are also much more likely to take the advice of other youth instead of following directions from an adult who may not completely understand them. Project EAT involves hands-on learning and experiences that impart valuable skills which have real world applications.  Our programs focus on growing and preparing healthy food - and in the process, we grow and prepare healthier individuals and communities.

Find Project EAT online or Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in D5.

http://www.projecteat.com

 

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Internships

At SLz, Project Eat offers afterschool paid internships during the school year and summer.  Some of the options include:

  • Profreshionals: a year long internship that conducts an action research project about a food, health, and/or wellness issue on campus and in the community.  Past Profreshionals have helped redesign the cafeteria space and create a class to educate peers about healthy cooking and eating.
  • Garden Fresh Crew:  works to maintain the ½ acre school food garden – learns about growing, harvesting, and cooking food, as well as food justice and public health issues.
  • Get Fresh Stay Healthy:  our peer-to-peer nutrition education internship trains youth to give short workshops and table at events on a variety of topics
  • Health Mentors: this internship trains students to learn simple garden activities and then go to elementary schools for two months to mentor and assist in maintaining their gardens.