August 15, 2020 marked the official launch of this year’s Hawai‘i Youth Food Council (HYFC). Six newly selected high school youth have joined four returning members from last year’s inaugural council (launched February 2020) to form the ten-member team, which represents all four counties across Hawai‘i and is supported by a committee of adult allies from various organizations and agencies. 

The mission of this highly motivated and well-informed group of students from public, charter, and private high schools is to engage youth in policy and systems change efforts that result in a just and equitable local food system for a healthier Hawai‘i. HYFC’s goals are to develop youth leadership skills, execute a tangible team project, increase the prevalence of youth voice in existing food system efforts and networks, and provide guidance and mentorship to youth.  

As part of the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui (a program of Hawai‘i Public Health Institute), HYFC utilizes Sociocratic governance to make decisions, and will be working together over the next several months to design and initiate their collective plan of action for the year. Elected officer positions include a President, Vice President, Head Facilitator, Head Secretary, and Communications Director. Learn more at www.hiphi.org/youthfoodcouncil.