Youth Food Project grows opportunities

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Los Alamos Youth Food Project gives youth opportunities to participate in the food project this summer. Youth can submit entries for a logo and slogan contest, increase their leadership skills in Garden Leadership, or explore the garden and its environment through iCare About Gardening camp.
LAYFP is a youth-driven initiative. The project name was created and voted on by youth, the project is grant funded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and youth have the opportunity to voice their ideas and visions for LAYFP. LAYFP wants to continue youth input by having youth design a logo and slogan.
The logo and slogan contest is open to youth of all ages. The winner will receive a prize and their logo will be on promotional items such as bags, hats, T-shirts and other items.
All entries must be submitted by 9 p.m., May 31. Paper entries should be delivered to The Family YMCA’s front desk and electronic entries should be emailed to layouthfoodproject@laymca.org. Email original file and a pdf. All entries should have the contestant’s name, phone number and school on the back of the entry, or in the body of the email.
The Garden Leadership program (Wednesday afternoons June and July) is designed for youth ages 11 to 17 to build leadership skills through garden-focused projects.
Weekly activities link gardening to energy, water, soil, animals and more. Garden Leaders will work together to improve garden sites while learning the “whys” behind the gardening practices.
The group will explore different leadership styles and personality traits that will help them to understand themselves, as well as others around them. Garden Leaders will have the opportunity to engage in team building exercises to strengthen their leadership skills, participate in workshops with local gardening experts, and take field trips to nearby gardens or farms.
Garden Leadership is a new program; as the first Garden Leaders, participants will have the opportunity to shape the program to meet their needs and special interests. Participants will develop a unique group name and establish their mission and vision for the Garden Leadership program.
The Y’s iCare About Gardening (August 12-13) is a supervised ecological awareness camp for children ages 5 to 12. Participants will explore the various gardening environments around our community, while experiencing the ecological connections between compost, soil, worms, bugs, birds, plants, healthy food, climate and more at their own pace.
Participants will have the chance to express themselves and their learning through garden-themed art, music and games.
The Los Alamos Youth Food Project is a service-learning initiative that brings youth and adults together with a focus on gardening.
During the last month, LAYFP has offered Los Alamos youth learning opportunities such as lessons on the local environment through seed ball making, seed planting opportunities, healthy cooking classes and more.
For more information, call 662-3100, or look up “Los Alamos Youth Food Project” on Facebook.