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Coming Soon: The Real Food Challenge’s 3rd Annual Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit

Laura Stephenson is a recent environmental science graduate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, focusing in environmental and community health. She is currently studying Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala. Laura is taking a brief pause from writing the “After” Life of an Environmental Studies Student series to herald the coming 3rd Annual Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit (SYFAS).

Last year, I blogged about the 2nd Annual Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit (SYFAS) that was hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). I was recently notified of the upcoming February 11-13th 3rd Annual SYFAS at the University of Georgia (UGA)  by Melissa Tinling. A Senior at UNC-CH studying Environmental Public Health, Melissa is serving as one of the 2011 Southeast Regional Field Organizers. This summit represents an exciting time in the Southeast’s history–what SYFAS is calling “the largest youth food justice convergence in the history of the Southeast.”

In response to the recent post on activist-scholars, which discussed the balance between producing research and change, a conference such as this seems to me to be the perfect bridge between science and policy. Completely student-run, SYFAS will bring together around 200 students from across 10 states to actively discuss issues surrounding food. The people who I know that have been involved in this summit in the past continue to be avid food activists. Take for instance Jordan Treakle, who worked after graduation on a campaign for a local international sustainable farming organization, while also managing the local farmer’s market.

This year’s summit will bring together youth leaders, academic experts, farmers and urban gardeners for panel discussions, workshops, field trips to local food projects, and (possibly most importantly) networking. While hosted by university students, this conference is open to both students and non-students alike, with scholarship opportunities available.

Please check back after the conference for a recap of the summit, what different students and universities are doing in the realm of food justice, as well as what’s in store for the future of SYFAS.

Posted on: February 2, 2011, 9:00 am Category: The "After" Life of an Environmental Studies Student Tagged with: ,

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