The 2018 Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors was planned by a group of youth advocates from throughout Cenla who served on the Foundation’s Youth Advocacy Council. While serving on the council and planning the summit, members also learned leadership, team-building, research and public speaking skills. A key component of their work was to create an advocacy project to unveil at the summit for participants to take back to their schools to implement.
The 2018-19 advocacy project focuses on enforcement of USDA Smart Snacks Guidelines in schools. The goal of the project is for students to work within their schools to replace unhealthy foods in school concessions with healthy alternatives which follow the Smart Snacks Guidelines put in place by the USDA in July 2014.