Youth as Partners

Youth are leaders in NE Iowa FFI

Youth as Partners

Youth are vital to the work of Food & Fitness. They offer new and profound perspectives on how to improve our food and fitness environments. FFI supports school-based youth teams as our partners to create change.  The teams are based in the Iowa 4-H program lead by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Learn more about how 4-H fits with FFI.

4-H is founded on meeting youths' needs for belonging (heart), mastery (health), independence (head), and generosity (hands). 4-H FFI Teams are led by caring adults who involve themselves in the lives of members.  Clubs happen in a safe environment where mastery and an ethic of service can be practiced.  Members are supported as they determine their personal goals and activities.  Everyone is included respectfully in team activities, while youth are encouraged to look toward their future aspirations.  Club leaders work with members and parents to keep members engaged, learning and having fun.  When teams function well, members practice and perfect key life skills as effective leaders, productive citizens, outstanding communicators and successful learners. 

Over 200 students are actively working to change their schools.  Learn more about the 4-H Equation for positive youth development.

Taking Charge

Youth Change Concession Stand Food
Youth Attend Conference in Boston

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