Calgary. Food. What comes to mind when you hear those words?
Do you think about gathering at the table around the holidays, cooking up your favourite soup in the cold of winter, going out to Red’s for brunch with friends, or going to the Calgary Farmers market? Or, perhaps you think of what Lord Cameron of Dillington calls “nine meals from anarchy” due to the fragility of our global food supply, and line-ups at the Calgary Food Bank where the 1 in every 10 Calgarians living in poverty may be supporting themselves? Everyone has their own thoughts and experiences with food since we need food to survive, but we want to challenge you to come together to help contribute to a food system that goes beyond surviving to thriving.
Future City Builders Calgary is an innovative, collaborative, 5-session program that will bring together 30 under or unemployed youth (18-29 years old) to build work ready skills through sharing, learning, and creating ideas around sustainable food.
Everyone has their own relationship to food from growing, cooking, preserving, food waste, connecting with people through food, food skills programs, and more. It’s rare to be able to gather, share our experience as youth, and empower ourselves to come up with solutions. Our goal is to bring together the diverse voices of youth in Calgary so we can create projects that reflect the diversity of experiences of young people around food.
Throughout a dynamic 5-session innovation workshop we will share our experiences and challenges with food, build skills for project planning and development through learning sessions and mentors, and create innovative ideas for taking action on food here in Calgary.
It’s time for us, as youth, to come together and build the city we want. We are the future of Calgary, we can work towards a better, more equal and exciting food system, and together we can we can work to be one meal closer to peace!
Head to our website for details and Apply Now: