Peer Leadership with Good Food for All

Leadership in Action: Preparing Snacks for the Eastside Afterschool Program

Introducing: Peer-Leadership at the Eastside Afterschool Program

The Eastside Afterschool Program aims to empower youth to make lifelong healthy choices by improving access to physical activity, nutritious food, education and a healthy community. Through the Peer-Leadership Program at the Eastside Afterschool Program, Good Food for All provides leadership opportunities for youth to get involved with our day-to-day activities at the program. Leadership opportunities include the chance to plan weekly snack menus, prepare food, plan and teach nutrition education and food skills sessions, and stock the food pantry.

The Peer-Leadership Program develops youth leadership skills, deepens their knowledge of nutrition and food, teaches food preparation skills, and provides vital pre-employment training for jobs in food-related industries.

To date, youth have assisted with preparing daily afterschool snacks for their peers, researching nutrition sessions, and teaching nutrition and food skills classes for their peers.

About the Eastside Afterschool Program

In 2017, over 400 youth from East Vancouver attended the Eastside Afterschool Program. Now in its 3rd year, the program is a collaboration of community partners working to encourage and promote holistic well-being and optimal development for youth in East Vancouver. Partners include the Eastside Boxing Club, Good Food for All, Aprons for Gloves, Network of Inner City Community Services Society, and RICHER Initiative. The partnership provides a safe space for at-risk youth in East Vancouver, supervised physical activity, leadership opportunities, and access to health care. Good Food for All provides nutritious afterschool snacks, a healthy food pantry, and nutrition education and food skills classes for youth in the Eastside Afterschool Program.

Support the Peer-Leadership Program

Good Food for All relies on donations from the community to run our programs.  Please consider making a donation so we can continue to ensure youth develop lifelong healthy habits.