FFBT partners with local community orgs to engage the next generation as co-researchers and visionaries. Youth who are involved not only explore local history, Black food access & the Black agricultural past, and justice issues, they also produce art, films, and media. Through production youth visionaries reflect on their knowledge. They share back to the community and with their families.
East Austin Food Project (2012-2013)
For this project, youth co-researchers shared their personal food experiences, learned about the history of Austin, and explored the historical and present day food issues facing their neighborhoods. Youth directed a film, East Side Food Stories. Pictured: K. Holman (left) and guest facilitator/filmmaker M. Walton.
Media + food justice in action! Mpowered is a supercollaboration between Austin organizations, including the Black Media Council and the African American Youth Harvest Foundation. Youth campers learned about film production and analyzed food and health issues impacting the local Black community. Congrats to the youth visionaries for directing and producing a short film, Joshua’s Struggle, screened at the Capital City Black Film Festival in Austin, Texas (August 21-23).
Watch the film: Joshua’s Struggle
Food Justice Workshop (fall 2013)
FFBT facilitated a workshop for Grow Dat and Rethink youth in New Orleans. During the workshop youth compared the histories of Austin, Texas and New Orleans; youth explored systemic racism and shared their personal knowledge about food justice and urban change where they live. Congrats to Grow Dat Youth for drafting peer-to-peer facilitation guidelines and curriculum for their future work.