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Apply to Join the 2019 ASAN Youth Council
Deadline EXTENDED to Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:59PM Central Time
About the Youth Council
The Youth Council will be comprised of 6-10 youth (ages 14-21) from around the state who will help to plan and develop the 2019 Youth Food & Farm Forum. Youth Council members will have the opportunity to build skills in event planning, communication, outreach, and leadership, and to build collaborative relationships with other youth around the state, all while working towards the successful execution of a statewide event.
The 2018 Youth Food & Farm Forum attendees
About the Food & Farm Forum and ASAN
ASAN is a grassroots network whose mission is to deepen relationships among the people of Alabama, the food we eat, and the place we live. ASAN was formed by bringing together farmers and other members of the local food system – to share knowledge, resources, challenges, and solutions, but also to create space for shared community and social support. ASAN reaches over 3000 farms, ranches, farmers markets, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and households.

For many years, the (adult) Food & Farm Forum has been the primary annual gathering of ASAN’s statewide network of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and good food advocates. Approximately 200 diverse participants from across the state convene for a weekend of community-building and fellowship combined with peer-to-peer, hands-on learning in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations.

About the Youth Food & Farm Forum
In 2018, alongside the (adult) Food & Farm Forum, we held our first-ever Youth Food & Farm Forum, geared towards youth ages 14-21. The Youth Forum was planned, promoted, and executed by our six-member Youth Council from around the state, along with our Youth Forum Coordinator.

About 25 youth attended the inaugural Youth Forum, and enjoyed a wide variety of workshops on topics including vegan cooking, adultism, hog butchering, greywater (water recycling) systems, food as medicine, a food/ag career panel, and much more. These sessions were all led, co-led, or facilitated/ moderated by Youth Council members, in conjunction with guest presenters. In planning the program, we intentionally emphasized youth-led sessions, hands-on sessions, and sessions geared towards building hard skills and critical analysis.

One of ASAN’s core beliefs is that a resilient agricultural system must be intergenerational. We feel we must involve the next generation of farmers and agricultural visionaries now, not only as the so-called “leaders of tomorrow,” but in recognition of all the ways in which youth are also the leaders of today, of right now.

Our main objectives in implementing the Youth Food & Farm Forum are:

1. to empower and inspire young attendees from throughout our state to cultivate interest in agriculture and food systems, and
2. to intentionally create space within our organizing in which youth are heard, valued, meaningfully involved, and encouraged to take up leadership.

What's New in 2019
In year two of the Youth Council and Youth Forum, we’re getting an earlier start. The Youth Council will meet for the first time in April (compared with August, in 2018). The target attendance for the Youth Forum is between 40-50 youth ages 14-21. Some structural changes to the format of the Youth Forum (and specifically, the way it weaves in with the adult Food & Farm Forum) are in the works, but specifics will be determined by the Youth Council, the Youth Forum Coordinator, and the planning committee for the adult Forum.
Youth Council Responsibilities
The Council will meet, along with the Youth Forum Coordinator, for monthly meetings via Zoom (by phone and/or
computer). At these meetings the Council and the Coordinator will make decisions regarding the
topics/presenters to be featured at the Youth Forum, create and roll out a strategy for effective outreach and
promotion, and oversee logistics relating to registration, lodging, and more.

Youth Council members will attend the Youth Forum Dec 6-7, 2019, in Fairhope, AL, and their registration and
lodging will be waived as part of their service to the Council. (They may also receive a travel stipend, if funds
allow.) They will participate in the Forum while also serving as go-to point people for the Youth Forum
Coordinator, should the need for any last-minute event-related decision-making arise.

Youth Council members receive a small monthly stipend in recognition and appreciation of their time and work.

- Young person (age 14-21) with a passion for sustainable agriculture, local food, land stewardship, food justice, and community organizing as ways to build community and improve our ecosystem, economy, and society. Extensive past experience with these topics is welcome but not required – just an interest and a desire to learn more!

- Community engagement skills, and interest in engaging your peers/community members around sustainable agriculture, local food systems, food justice, and grassroots organizing

- Ability to work respectfully with a wide range of groups and individuals, including LGBTQ+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/questioning+) people, people of different races and political backgrounds, and people with disabilities

- Time, willingness, and ability to spend 5-15 hours per month on Youth Council work, including:
* Preparing for and participating in monthly (virtual) meetings
* Completing independent work between meetings, with support from the Youth Forum Coordinator
* Attending the Youth Food & Farm Forum December 6-7, 2019 in Fairhope, AL

Deadline EXTENDED to Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:59PM Central Time
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