Food Justice Youth Summit

By Jill Weiler

Our 11th grade FOOD JUSTICE EXPEDITION is an interdisciplinary three-part study (past, present and future) of the impact of food on our community–both locally and globally.

The expedition begins with an exploration of our students’ families’ cultural connections to foods; as 99% of our students come from African American and immigrant families, we discuss the significant role of food in dictating cultural identity.

Student led-workshop about treatment of animals in factory farms. April 10, 2015.

Secondly, we transition to examining today’s food sources, what happens to food on contemporary farms and how food gets to our tables.

The third and final component engages students in evaluating how individual and policy-level decisions impact the future of our world. After gaining an in-depth understanding of why our food system is broken, students determine alternative paths that ensure healthy, sustainable, affordable food for all.

Student led panel on food deserts.

Student-led panel on food deserts. April 10, 2015.

Students shared their findings on this third component at a Food Justice Youth Summit at Bread for the City on April 7, 2016. (Read about the 2014 Food Justice Youth Summit.)


Click image to read the full Food Justice Youth Summit program from 2015.

Guiding Questions

  1. How does what I eat reflect who I am?
  2. Where does our food come from?
  3. What food choices must we make to secure our future?

Culminating Product: DC Food Justice Youth Summit
2016 Information

The Summit provides an opportunity for CCPCS students to share their research findings and network with an authentic audience, the youth of the DC area and activists in the food justice movement, in a professional setting.



Friends Meeting House of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave NW,  Washington, DC 20008


April 7, 2016 12:00-4:00 PM


  • Break out sessions on GMOs, food waste, food access, school lunches, farm workers, and much more.
  • Healthy food demonstrations and samplings
  • Information tables and gallery time/space to show visual presentations


The event is for high school and college students from the capital region. However, all are welcome to attend. Space is limited and RSVP required.

Presented and coordinated by Capital City Public Charter School Class of 2017, DC Greens, City Blossoms and Dreaming Out Loud.

More information, contact Ellen Royse.

Posted Monday, March 14, 2016 |

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