Considerations for Treating Youth Equitably in Non-profits

As a youth food council and with summer on the horizon, many non-profits are just starting up and getting funding from various contributors or often from Canada Summer Jobs. Although we understand that non-profits are often underfunded and struggle to stay afloat, many young folks, especially BIPOC 2SLGBTQQIA+ youth, on our council and beyond have shared common experiences of the poor treatment they have faced within non-profits. Especially within non-profits that advocate or try to advance food justice, access to farming or green spaces, and otherwise ‘social justice’ advancement.

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Let’s Talk Food on Campus: How does the academy perpetuate food insecurity?

For our March community event TYFPC and Let’s Talk Food UofT met to discuss student food insecurity on university and college campuses and what various youth groups are doing to help address this issue.

Tune in to the panel below to learn about:

  • The issues students are facing and how this impacts many elements of their lives (by exploring the connections & implications on mental health, equity, academic success)
  • The different student-led responses to food insecurity on campus & hear from student leaders how they suggest other students can get involved
  • The institution’s role in the issues and responses to student food security
  • The challenges students face in their organizing work

Missed the event? Scroll down to watch the live stream!

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Register for our March Community Event!

Join the TYFPC and Let’s Talk Food UofT on March 3rd from 6-7:30 pm for a discussion about student food activism across the Toronto region! 

Food insecurity is an issue that disproportionately impacts post-secondary students- with nearly 40% of students experiencing food insecurity prior to COVID-19. Still, there remains a large disconnect between student needs and values, and the kind of food system that is curated on campus. In response, students are often leading the charge to advocate for and increase access to affordable, healthy, just, and sustainable food on campuses. 

This virtual panel discussion will highlight several amazing student food leaders to better understand the food issues facing students and ways to create change.

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Virtual Arts Night!

On January 31st, the TYFPC Education team hosted a virtual arts night for youth in our community to come together, talk openly about food justice, and express their creativity. Our goal was to collectively create pieces of art to be featured in Mélange, centred on the theme of Volume 3: Seeding Justice and Deepening Our Roots. 

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Spotlight: COVID-19 and the Food System

For our December community event, the TYFPC hosted an interview series, Spotlight: COVID-19 and the Food System, to highlight the different initiatives groups were doing to address food justice issues during COVID-19.

TYFPC interviewed four youth food leaders from across the city who are leading the charge for food justice within their communities during the pandemic. We’re super inspired by the amazing work of Veronica from Second Harvest, Rachel from The Abibiman Project, Cindy from Ryerson’s Urban Farm and Arianne from the Toronto Restaurant Workers’ Relief Fund!

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