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Science – A Recipe For Health

Veggie IQ aims to excite students to become Community Youth Scientists. Youth Scientists use science and technology to discover the important links between good food and good physical and mental well-being while helping to end the health inequalities faced by many young people in America today.

Our 2021 inaugural Veggie IQ program for Santa Barbara area high school students was such a success that we have secured funding to expand the program. In Spring 2022, Veggie IQ expanded into schools grade K-8, reaching over 300 students. In Summer 2022: Veggie IQ implemented two high school programs in Santa Barbara and Lompoc for local high school students. In Fall 2022, Veggie IQ will continue to expand across K-12, providing education to students and improving health outcomes in our communities.

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What is your Veggie IQ?

Fresh cherry otmaoes and other vegetables in baskets
Fresh cherry otmaoes and other vegetables in baskets
Vegetables in test tubes

About the Veggie IQ Summer 2022 Youth Scientist Program for Teens

Having access to good food is a human right. For too long, the Latino community has faced serious long-term medical problems caused by challenges in accessing healthy food. This includes a disproportionate burden of diabetes and other serious medical conditions. By becoming a Youth Scientist, you can use the power of science and technology to improve the health – both physical and mental – of your community.  Together, we will show you, so that you can show others, the link between better food and better health. Most importantly, you will become the scientists and leaders of the future for your community.

Who:

Teens in grades 9-11 in Santa Barbara County interested in health, science, technology, community service, and leadership. Latino teens are especially encouraged to apply.

What:

This is a youth-led movement where participants learn about science, nutrition, technology, marketing strategies, and to encourage peers and younger students to think about food as medicine while using the power of science, technology, marketing and social media to improve the health of the community.

When:

Eight Science Sessions will be held once per week this summer from June 16 to August 4, 2022. Applications for the Veggie IQ 2022 Summer program are now being accepted through May 31, 2022.

Where:

In-person sessions are held at an organic farm in Santa Barbara, CA. Some sessions may be held virtually online via Zoom.

How:

This program aims to inspire and motivate high school students to become Santa Barbara’s Community Youth Scientists. Youth Scientists use science and technology to highlight the important links between good food and good physical and mental well-being. This is part of a larger strategy to end health disparities faced by many young people in America today.

Questions?

For more information contact kkinsella@sansum.org

 

Learn More!

Submit this form to learn more about the Veggie IQ Program for 2022.

Veggie IQ Youth Scientists