The Mile High Youth Corps Leadership Council is an opportunity for Corpsmembers to have a meaningful leadership position and an impact at an agency level. Leadership Council plays a pivotal role in developing positive cross-crew culture, increasing Mile High Youth Corps’ service presence in the community, developing and influencing agency policy, and facilitating feedback, collaboration and communication between Corpsmembers and Staff. Leadership Council Representatives are elected by their peers for the leadership abilities and qualities they possess.
Recently, the Leadership Council decided to pursue a community action project that would impact the Denver community. For this project, they chose to dedicate themselves to the issues of hunger and nutrition. After reaching out to organizations throughout Denver, they were able to create a partnership with Denver Public Schools, Denver Urban Gardens, and Slow Food Denver. Through these ties, they were able to set up a service project at Bromwell Elementary on Friday, August 23, where the Leadership Council members did maintenance on a garden. The produce from that garden is used by the school for the Seed-to-Table program through Slow Food Denver.
Seed-to-Table creates meaningful relationships between young people and the food they eat. The program works closely with Denver area schools to “teach students where their food comes from, how to prepare it, who grows it, the importance of food choices, and the pleasure of sharing with friends and family” (from the Seed-to-Table website). Seed-to-Table coordinates the Denver Youth Farmers’ Markets and the Garden to Cafeteria project, which aims to increase local products and scratch cooking in school cafeterias.
The Leadership Council really enjoyed their service project and look forward to serving again next month!