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Sponsor a Teen for $50

UEMPOWER of Maryland's "The Food Project" brings culinary skills, job opportunities, sustainable food sources, mentorship & hope to the youth of South West Baltimore. With your support we can empower futures together.

SCHEDULE 
September 2019

Monday
3:00 Table Games
4:00 Restaurant Development
5:00 Food Prep
5:30 Family Dinner

Tuesday
3:00 Table Games
4:00 Guest Chef
5:00 Science w/ Dr Nina & Jess Public Health United
5:30 Family Dinner

Wednesday
3:00 Table Games
4:00 Nutrition (Baltimore Health Dept/Movable Feast/Be A Chef For A Day)
5:00 #HealthyVoice Drum Circle w/ Dr. Nina Public Health United
5:30 Family Dinner

Thursday
3:00 Table Games
4:00 Yoga #BeMoreGreen
5:00 Urban Farming #BeMoreGreen
5:30 Family Dinner

Friday
3:00 Table Games
4:00 #HealthyLiteracy w/ Shaquan of So What Else
5:00 #HealthyVoice Girl Band w/ Dr. Nina of Public Health United
5:30 Family Dinner


Overview

Programing:

Cooking & Nutrition
Together with our professional guest chefs the younger kids will learn easy to make after school snacks, help with basic food prep while older kids will learn kitchen & cooking skills. 

Chefs Include:

  • Chef Catina Smith of Just Call ME Chef

  • The Maryland Food Bank's Chef Manny

  • University of MD Expanded Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

  • Monica E. Lapenta, founder, Be a Chef for a Day

  • Isabel Betancourt, MS, RDN, LDN, Community Dietitian, Moveable Feast

  • Jasina Wise, Baltimore Health Department

  • Chef Bryce Taylor, Teen Chef, “Chopped Junior” Finalist

  • Blackwall Hitch's Chef Mente & Chef Palmer

  • Atlas Restaurant Group Chefs

  • BRIO Tuscan Grille's Chef Jeff

  • Chefs from Local Food Distributors & Brokers

Restaurant Development
Under the leadership of our own restaurant owner, the kids will train and develop their own monthly restaurant. They will learn recipes and restaurant jobs from cook, waiter, bus person, runner, to host. The youth will also name the restaurant, design the logo & menu. At the end of the month, the kids will open their restaurant & feed the community.

Instructors:

 

#BeMoreGreen Urban Farming, Yoga & Nutrition 
STREAM programing around urban farming methods including microgreens with the City Hydro system. The abundant laboratory that surrounds us provides the perfect opportunity to teach the youthful minds in our neighborhoods the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and sustainable living through the process of growing and selling vegetables in the microgreen climate or classroom environment.

Also included in the BeMoreGreen programming is yoga, nutrition and mindfulness.

Instructor:

Healthy Literacy

What Lies Beneath? is a series of workshops that camouflage academic and social emotional gains within recreational project based activities. Ultimately building upon our core values where we serve the kids, community and in turn the kids serve the community.

Instructor:

“Table Talks” Mentorship

Mentors will guide topics around the dinner table that include healthy relationships, setting boundaries in relationships, asking for help, coping with triggers, self-nurturing, red and green flags, understanding recovery, compassion, nutrition, and public health. The kids might be separated into groups by sex or age depending on the topics.  Each mentor will have a different set of curriculum to help mix it up, but each will have multiple topics that will be chosen to meet the needs of the population and can creatively facilitated over the course of 8 weeks. 

Mentors Include:

  • Jerel Wilson, For My Kidz, Founder

  • Nina Martin, Ph-D, Executive Officer, Science Communicator, Public Health United

  • Jason Duncan, Self Mastery

  • Knicole Taylor, Co-Founder & Director, Empowering Minds of Maryland

  • Henry Pertman, Hospitality

Food Production

Ages 14-23 will learn how to produce, brand, market & sell SeedyNutty a healthy snack sold in store. They will learn food safety procedures. Together we will create jobs and a sense of pride for SW Baltimore.

Trainer & Mentor:

Healthy Voice

Youth learn how to express themselves through filmmaking and the visual arts. Creative projects will include creating stories & documentaries around health & food themes. We have added a Drum Circle program to teach the youth not only music-related skills but also team work, listening, discipline, and self-confidence. In addition the youth will have a sound studio to "cook up some beats" and express themselves through music.

Instructors Include:

 

 
 

WHO WE SERVE:

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The Food project is also looking into education & jobs with food production. Councilwoman Rikki Spector joined one of our young mentors, Mekhi Cole, from Makings of a Man to explore the possible opportunities with SeedyNutty, a healthy snack developed by Rosanne Skirble.

The Food project is also looking into education & jobs with food production. Councilwoman Rikki Spector joined one of our young mentors, Mekhi Cole, from Makings of a Man to explore the possible opportunities with SeedyNutty, a healthy snack developed by Rosanne Skirble.