Healthy Food Product Development
Youth For Change - The Determined Divas & GoodFellas
CHEF GAWALLI - RECIPE HUNTER
A team of youth from this gang replacement program are private labeling Super Pasta from Barilla, with spice packs from Stuart's Spices, for a quick and easy family dinner cooked all in one pot. Just add the spice pack mixture, a tab of butter, and olive oil to the pasta after cooking and YUM ! Choose from either Ranch or Italian.
The youth have also developed a character named Chef Gawalli, who travels the world seeking out the best flavors and recipes. He travels in his "Busterant" (Gawalli's flying bus/restaurant) with his sidekick Cous Cous - a white tiger with a nose for spices. A facilitator from Writers and Books worked with the youth to develop the storyline for a limited edition brochure titled "The Adventures of Gawalli & Cous Cous", that will be included as a hang tag on the product.
Community Place of Greater Rochester
Youth from Community Place have developed recipes for 2 tomato based condiments they named "Sauce-A-Tude", with their tagline "Sauce With An Attitude". Flavors include Medterranean Magic (Spicy), and Latin Lemon (Zesty). Cafe International Foods has supported the procesing and private labeling of the condiments. 8,400 units were delivered to their warehouse mid February, and the youth have been out sampling the product and are will be selling mid March 2014.
Center For Youth After School Program at Monroe High
FOUNTAIN OF HOPE, COURAGE, & PASSION
A team of youth from The Center For Youth's after school program at Monroe High School, worked on the development of 2 flavors of healthy carbonated drink products.
Roberto Tejada from Caribbean Liquid Sugar worked with the youth to share his knowledge about the variety of sugars available, how each is digested, and the healthiest low sugar options for their product. The youth taste tested several stevia/sugar cane combinations for their low sugar, carbonated soda.
Youth Initiative Updates
HEARTBEATS & DRUMMING FOR WELLNESS
Participating youth explored the rhythms of their heartbeats under the direction of George A. Porter, Jr., MD, PhD from the University of Rochester's Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
Dr. Porter brought heart monitors for the youth to hear and see their own heartbeats, and to learn about heart health. Youth practiced in stress relieving and heart healthy drumming circles.
Youth learned how heartbeats have been used in media, and determined that actual heartbeat recordings will be used as backdrop rhythms for their public service announcement.
Drumming has been shown to be an excellent upper body exercise, trauma intervention, and stress release practice. Youth created collages of their personal brand for their drums.
COOKING MATTERS FROM FOODLINK
In collaboration with WellVentions, youth completed Foodlink's Cooking Matters™ program. The program provided the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. Participants learned to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients, and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible.
MARKETING & PERFORMANCE TEAMS
FuturPointe Dance will be heading up the performance team, with pop-up performances driving draffic to the
youth selling booth to support product sales.