This is an after-school program held during the spring & fall, where Black, Indigenous and teens of color meet to share and discuss social justice and how we can create change and help grow food. We divide our time between helping out at the farm, learning about movements happening today and in the past, and making connections with our community in Tompkins county.
This program is held in-person and takes place on a farm. Most of our time is spent outdoors or in a greenhouse. We follow COVID-19 protocol to maintain safe distances and keep our participants safe.
The Social Justice Intensive addresses the following questions: How can we become agents of change? In what capacity can we show up in our communities and participate in the changes we want to see? Change is inevitable but as Octavia Butler says “we shape change”.The Social Justice Intensive is invested in saturating teens with movements happening in their local community. It is dedicated to creating strong bonds and connections between teens who wish to be agents of change in their community. A large part of this includes food justice. In this way we are acknowledgingthe youth’s power of becoming stewards of both their natural and social environment. The youth and most specifically marginalized youth, have the power to shape culture, shape their community and thus shape change.
“SJI helps me reunite with the earth. To have the opportunity to work as a team with people that I love, to strive for radical transformation of the food system in the name of land sovereignty is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. It gives me purpose, but more importantly it gives me hope, that reviving one’s sacred connection to the earth will no longer be recognized as a privilege, but as a fundamental human right.”
This is transformational space, a place where we can come together to expand our sense of power, unlearn, rediscover and imagine, remembering nourishing examples of liberation movements so we can humbly do our part.
Consider the roles played in social movements and then match them with your own skills and passion. What kind of power/skill do you bring to your community? What skills do you want to develop?
Where is this? Youth Farm Project Farm 24 Nelson Road, Ithaca, NY 14850