Umoja Community Builders Summer Internship

For the summer of Community Builders 2009 we are focusing and researching the topic of food justice. We discussed the topic of food justice, and the problem of food deserts. When we say food justice we mean each community having the same access to food. When we say food desert we are referring to a lack of grocery stores in a specific area. While researching we noticed that North Lawndale is suffering from a food desert because of a lack of grocery stores in the area. Us thirty- five teenagers decided to find a solution to this problem. In the course of the second week we visited an organization called Green Youth Farm, where other teens learn how to grow organic foods. After researching we have created several questions to produce a survey, which we passed out to the community later on that week. Once during every week, we attend Free Spirit Media to gain knowledge of the process of making a documentary. When we are there we learn to edit footage, produce a soundtrack, and generate texts. What both Community Builders and Green Youth Farm are doing is only two parts to the solution. The last part requires the assistance of the residents in the North Lawndale community to take action.

By: Shanobia Davis and Jasmine Coleman

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Experience at Columbia by Takeyiah Treadwell

At Columbia College the experience was wonderful and magnificent. I learned so much from all the guest at the speaking event and it was amazing to find out so many things about the Food Desert in Chicago. The speaker told us some amazing things related to the world that will help us with our research that gave us more great facts. About the things we wanted to accomplish this summer. The speech gave a very inspiring message that will encourage me to make sure my voice is heard. Our group leaders going in front of the group of speakers and media gave us great tips on numerous things and topics. They really did a good job on speaking in front of us and we did as interns also answering questions on anything they asked. Overall it was a great experience for everyone.

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