These three were selected because of their participation in MAP Growing Green, a youth development and urban agriculture training program, but also because of their strong leadership qualities and communication skills within our organization.
|Dillon, May 2013|
|Khadijah, August 2014|
Khadijah has been with MAP Growing Green for the past two summers and last school year. Last year she wrote a blog article about her experience assisting the University at Buffalo's Food Systems and Planning Lab with their food store audits in the summer of 2013. Last spring Khadijah joined Dillon and other Buffalo Public School students on the Youth Advisors Council and she has consistently stepped up in terms of sharing her perspective on food issues and speaking publicly for both YAC and MAP Growing Green.
|Donacion, July 2013|
DN has shown interest in further exploring issues such as GMO's and sustainable versus conventional agriculture, and as a step towards policy work, DN has also shown an interest in community organizing and meeting facilitation. A tall and stately young man, DN goes by the nickname of "King Foreign", and stands out amongst his peers as a leader. He is comfortable with representing his peers and speaking publicly, and is excited to get more involved in leadership opportunities at MAP.
The trip to NESAWG will allow these three MAP youth employees to learn about exciting work being done to build local food systems in cities all over the Northeast, while sharing the great work they are doing with Growing Green here in Buffalo. They will also be able to come back and share what they learned with their peers. It will be an experience that will stand out for them in the future as well as on college applications they will soon be completing!
We look forward to having them share about their experience in the blog, so look out for articles from them in the future.