Feb 23 2009

Food Works

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Food Works provides opportunities to young people to make a difference in their communities. The youth comes from a diverse background, 14 to 21 years in age, they learn valuable skills how to communicate more effectively with adults, grow and market the food they produce at farmers markets, and provide fresh produce to low income families nearby.

Duration : 0:5:40

25 responses so far

25 Responses to “Food Works”

  1. teracouchmanwickon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    They are currently …
    They are currently working in their own communities. This is one of the most powerful aspects of the program. The farm is a short distance from the housing communities where most of the youth and their families live. We would do what we could to support any participant who wanted to replicate the program elsewhere as long as there was an invitation from an interested community.

  2. Lady5Millzon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Are the …
    Are the participants of this program learning entrepreneurial and leadership skills in order to start community-building programs, such as FoodWorks, in their own communities?

  3. Lady5Millzon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I agree with your …
    I agree with your statement that diversity does not necessarily mean skin color. I definitely commend you for bringing attention to that fact. However, I do understand Brickcity’s p.o.v as well. I, too, would like to see more diversity in regards to race. Seeing the ‘white’ people manage the org. while the ‘black’ people complete the physical labor was initially disturbing to me as well. However, I believe that the end results are much more significant than the means in which they were reached.

  4. teracouchmanwickon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Agreed. All Food …
    Agreed. All Food Works youth set personal, academic and career goals and create a plan to reach them. Every youth also identifies a career that interests them and completes a paid job shadow with a professional of their choice i.e. architects, engineers, sports trainers, hospitals etc. One young man credited us for helping him move his GPA from 1.5 to 3.5. This year, young people will be helping to advocate for their communities on city and county levels. It’s hard to show all this in 5:40 mins.

  5. Madesobeon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    It is nice to know …
    It is nice to know more about the advent of this program. I’m certain a second video publication highlighting this will serve to successfully share the success and positive forthcoming of the initiative.

  6. Madesobeon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I’m glad we can …
    I’m glad we can engage thoughts in a discussion; this just goes to show the great benefits and advantages of viral communication… The fundamental intentions of the initiave are certainly to be commended, but perhaps how it is portrayed leaves little to be drawn to it. Giving the youth the opportunity to do more than work in fields, and rather develop/explore abilities that go beyond physical aptitude, would serve them much more for their academic and professional endeavours.

  7. teracouchmanwickon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    The youth represent …
    The youth represent the housing complex – 10different ethnic groups have participated over the years, including white. They initiated starting a farm business and are active leaders & decision makers. If they seem to be moving slow in the video, I ure you that they work hard and are as motivated as any teenagers I know. They grew and donated over 2,000lbs of food to 120 of neighbors last year and earned over $8K in sales. They make above minimum wage for their work. This is their first job.

  8. teracouchmanwickon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    To offer a little …
    To offer a little context for this program, the idea came about when a group of tenant organizers living in a public housing community which happens to be mostly black, identified gardening as a tool that could bring the communtiy together, provide healthy food for people who need it and offer employment and learning opportunities for the young people in their neighborhood. They invited me and the organization I work for to partner with the residents to create a communtiy garden.

  9. teracouchmanwickon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Madesobe and …
    Hi Madesobe and Brickcity,

    I’m the program director for this program, and I really appreciate the dialogue you are opening. I think it is vital to look critically at programs that say they benifit minority groups but actually unconsciously or consciously exploit people of color. I can also understand why the first thought that comes to mind is “field negro”, Brickhouse. Agriculture has a history of being deeply traumatic and exploitative of people of color in the US.

  10. Koujinkamuon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Your kind of people …
    Your kind of people should be shot. Really. You’re doing no good and when others do, it’s gotta be fishy somehow. You’re depressing.

    Again, diversity does NOT MEAN DIFFERENCE IN SKIN COLOR!

    You tell me to get my head outta my , yet you’re the one who only sees darkness… hmm…

  11. Chick6517on 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Dude, two thumbs up …
    Dude, two thumbs up! thanks for uploading this video it was great.

  12. BRICKCITY1966on 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Do yourself a favor …
    Do yourself a favor & read Madesobe’s comment below yours.Your trying to make excuses for what’s really going on, as it is explained in the comment i just mentioned.Diversity does not exist here,especially when they’re all minorities & working the fields.Get your head out your & open your eye’s…

  13. rhstenoron 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    ahh. i see.
    well, …

    ahh. i see.
    well, good luck with the program.
    we have nothing in my town.

  14. Madesobeon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Right, but seing as …
    Right, but seing as the intent is first to initiate the youth to a ‘real-life’ work environment experience, it’s important to expose them to cultural diversity, thus showing enabling them to experience true social cultural sensibility and share knowledge with their peers. What we learn most in life, we learn through our experiences with others. And with such a multicultural landscape, it’s still surprising that it seems no effort was taken to explore this further.

  15. carboncopyworldwideon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    wanna help?? make …
    wanna help?? make the money to do that.

  16. MetalMajestieon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Great stuff. An …
    Great stuff. An uplifting video 🙂

  17. inmyownbloodon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    wow i so wish i …
    wow i so wish i could work for them. This job actually has job satisfaction and is really important- like WAAAY more important than we realize wow i cant believe it..so colourful, i would go as far as even making a film about this

  18. Koujinkamuon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Diversity doesn’t …
    Diversity doesn’t mean skin color. Real diversity is in personality, skill, intelligence etc.

    My first though was “at least somebody is doing some good” and that made me just a little bit happy.

  19. BRICKCITY1966on 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I totally agree …
    I totally agree with you about the exploitation factor going on here.The first thing that came to mind was “field negroes”,where is the diversity ?

  20. cookingupastoryon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    This kind of …
    This kind of project isn’t for everybody, I’ll grant that. But it did a tremendous amount of good for the few young people I talked with. They were given opportunities that might not otherwise have come their way due to a variety of reasons. And it was their choice to join the program. And they were paid money as they learned, too. Google it, and learn more.

  21. cookingupastoryon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Not only have they …
    Not only have they learned how to start a business, they have learned how to grow relationships within the community. Those capabilities were always within them, but they never had the chance to use them, due to whatever reasons. The 2 or 3 of the group I talked to felt it had empowered them; they realized they had abilities never discovered before.

  22. cookingupastoryon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    They are exposed to …
    They are exposed to and learn all phases involved in running a business, Madesobe. The community wanted to grow food. The young people decided to make it organic, what to plant, how to grow/harvest it, get it to market (local grocery stores), sell (at farmers market), and give back to their community by giving it away (for free).

  23. Madesobeon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    This seems to me, …
    This seems to me, just another faint attempt for people to make themselves feel better for their own interests by flaunting their work with minority groups, thereby unconsciously reinforcing that impending stigma about black kids being ‘un-ambitious or un-motivated’. Videos like this seem to do nothing more than re-emphasize this idea of black kids in america being labelled from the get-go as ‘not-empowered’ and in dire need of direction from the ‘more focused’ non-minority groups.

  24. Madesobeon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    How is this a …
    How is this a diverse group of youth. You’re exploiting young black teenagers to work in fields without actually exposing them to other types of tasks involved in entrepreneurship (which is what you’ve expressed as being a value you’re trying to instill in these youngsters).

  25. cookingupastoryon 23 Feb 2009 at 11:10 pm

    sorry, not to have …
    sorry, not to have gotten to this sooner, ziberteck, but this might help you understand The program is set up for a geographical are of the city. Only young folks from that area can apply. The area is very diverse in economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, but they can only pick from those who apply. This might have an effect on the outcome. Yes, the folks who work/manage the project are caucasian, but they are out there working with them too.

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