Our Vision & Goals . . .
The primary goal for the FNC‘s Teens 4 Good Academy (Academy) is to build 21st Century Skills among high school youth while developing a model local food system that improves access to fresh, affordable produce. The Academy will provide students with a student-centered, cooperative learning environment that integrates leadership and life skills development, service learning, career exploration, and hands-on entrepreneurial activities through T4G, a teen-run food production and nutrition business. In addition, contextualized learning activities will be integrated throughout the program, providing ample opportunities for youth to improve reading, writing, math, and science skills.
In this model, youth are not consumers, but creators of marketable goods and services that address real-world problems. Specifically, this approach allows youth to: 1) apply enterprising qualities, such as initiative, innovation, and risk-taking into the school, work and community environments, 2) practice team building, decision-making, networking, and other work readiness skills in a meaningful and relevant way, and 3) build leadership skills through creating and shaping the nature of their business. Ultimately, participating youth will build the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to succeed in college and the workforce, and become contributing, engaged and creative citizens.
Please click the following link to learn more About Teens 4 Good Academy →
or contact Youth Development Specialist James Whitaker