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The Atlanta Community Food Bank is excited to offer multiple opportunities for students to get involved this summer!

Our traditional Youth Leadership Summit's goal is to develop and nurture the next generation of leaders to engage in our mission and help build a more food secure future. 25 participants will take part in unique community engagement and leadership opportunities, explore what it means to be food insecure, and use what they will learn to become change agents in their communities. If you will be in the 10th through 12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year, have an interest in hunger and poverty issues and are interested in gaining leadership skills and taking action within your community, then this is the program for you! This year, our Youth Leadership Summit will be held July 22 - 26, 2019.  Apply here.

This year's first annual Youth Service Summit is a learn and serve summit for students who love volunteering and want to make a difference. We will select up to 25 rising 8th - 12th grade students who like to be hands on and have a service-focused experience volunteering with the Food Bank and our partner agency network. Students will participate in service learning activities and learn about food insecurity issues. This year, our Youth Service Summit will be held June 10 - 13, 2019Apply here. 

Our new Youth Learn and Serve days are 1-day service learning opportunities where students receive an overview of the Food Bank and hunger issues and participate in a volunteer project. We are looking for rising 8th-12th graders who have either never or rarely volunteered with the Food Bank to offer a chance to see and learn what we do and how you can get involved. This year, our Youth Learn and Serve days will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 and Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Sign up here.

If you have any questions, please email education@acfb.org or call 404-892-3333 x2009.

Download a PDF Application: Youth Leadership Summit | Youth Service Summit | Youth Learn and Serve

Testimonials

Youth Summit Testimonials

Each summer, our Youth Summit participants love to share what an impact the experience had on their lives. Several days of learning about the issues through hands-on experience seem to agree with them! They have the opportunity to volunteer at mobile food pantries, community gardens, the Product Rescue Center, and so much more. When all is said and done, most participants walk away truly inspired to make a difference. Here’s what some of them have said about their experience:  

“In the three days that followed the first initial gathering, my eyes have been opened. I'm seeing things in ways I never have had before. I was ignorant before- having my predisposed ideas of poverty and hunger. I now feel shocked that I was so shallow. The people that I have met are some of the most courageous and honorable people alive. Their life story is a testament to faith, hope, and vision for a changed world. Their strength in the face of adversity and desolation has inspired me. Their open arms and their warm smiles ignited a flame within me. And this flame will not go out until I have had my chance to make my impact on the world and these people.”

“I just wanted to thank everyone for making last week so inspirational and touching. For me, it was more than just volunteering and I enjoyed every single second of it. I know that the time I spent with all of you will be cherished forever and I will never forget the impact that the week had on my life and my perspective regarding my priorities. I made so many awesome friendships that I know I will keep for years to come. Thank you all for everything.”

“Youth Summit gave me the knowledge, confidence, and motivation to take action in the community.”

“Going into the summit, I did not expect to get so much out of it as I did. It was fun and enthralling. I was moved by the true life stories of the real people that we met. They were so welcoming and so loving. Their thankfulness for everything in their lives has inspired me to want to do something more for them and make them even happier.”

“The action plans today were very impressive. I just hope that each one of us sticks by it or come up with something new and accomplishes our goals. What we felt and gained during this summit is too much to be wasted! We need to seriously make things happen!”

“The Youth Summit was more than I ever expected.  It was informative, interactive, and so much fun.”

“I thought the Youth Summit was really great at informing me on who is most likely to be hungry or in poverty, what you can do to help, and overall it was a great hands-on experience.”

“The Youth Summit helped me feel well prepared to take action in many of my various communities (school, church, home).”