The ACTS Youth Council surveyed over 200 students from the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), and found that most respondents were despondent about school-prepared meals. A staggering 93.9% of surveyed students insisted on positive changes to their food’s nutrition and variety. The results propelled the ACTS Youth Council into their new project. Together, they aim to reform the drab status-quo of midday meals. On Monday, July 24th, the Youth Council will present their project proposal to the Syracuse School Board, and they’ve invited all to attend.
“Our goal is to promote understanding and acceptance among students of different cultures and/or religions through meal options and conversation in our school cafeteria,” stated the Youth Council.
Through their research, the Youth Council discovered that more colorful cuisine can contribute to livelier and broader conversation in the lunch room. When students discover, and discuss, foods belonging to the cultures of their classmates, they are likelier to develop a generous curiosity for people and places outside their typical horizons. The Youth Council has conceptualized a strategy to achieve this goal, with one tactic being the democratization of the dining-hall.
“Students should have a say in what is put on the menu…it is important for students to be a part of change,” stated the Youth Council.
Good nutrition is a fundamental aspect of health, and has been shown to significantly improve student performance. With positive transformation already underway at SCSD, everything should be done to continue that momentum. Therefore, attendance at the ACTS Youth Council presentation is highly recommended. Together we can support our youth!