Healthy Communities Outreach Project
The Metro Region will include two integrated components centered on youth and families. In the first component, metro youth and adult audiences will receive whole grains and school gardening experiences through mentoring, partnering activities and teaching kits used in the community. Combined science, adult education and health systems expertise applied to the design and preparation will unify the content, which will be delivered in different ways to meet these audiences’ needs. Incorporated with these components is the Smarter Lunchrooms program.
4-H Faculty in the Portland Metro area are recruiting teens in Northeast Portland and East County Multnomah to serve as teen leaders for the Region 11 Healthy Community Outreach Project. Twenty Five teens participated in a September Leadership training at the 4-H Center in Salem. Teens will be trained to work with younger youth, team building, teaching strategies, nutrition lessons and more.
4-H Faculty are also working with Metro Master Gardeners to develop a 10-lesson Vegetable Garden program for youth from low-income families who live in public housing projects. These lessons will be taught to the high school teen leaders who in turn will teach elementary age youth how to grown vegetables with their families using container gardens, small garden plots and nearby community gardens.