Welcome to the Real Food Challenge Northeast Regional Page
SUMMER TRAININGS 2012!
Join us in Boston, MA on August 16-19th for a full weekend of engaging with the tools, skills, stories, and personal connections that help make real change possible---and leave with a solid action plan to bring back to your campus community for the coming year!
These trainings are geared towards all college students looking to start or strengthen a campaign for real food on their campus. We encourage participants to attend with at least one other student from their school to help create a campaign action plan as a team.
These trainings will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn from one another and experienced organizers working with RFC. You'll learn about critical campaign planning tools, useful campus organizing skills and the ins and outs of food systems on campus and beyond. This training is also a great way to connect with the northeast organizers who will be working with student groups in the region throughout the school year.
WHEN AND WHERE
- Start: 3pm on Thursday August 16th
- End: 3pm on Sunday Sunday August 19th
- Location: Packard Manse Retreat Center; 583 Plain St. Stoughton, MA (30 mins outside Boston, train-accessible)
*If you're traveling by bus/public transit via Boston, please plan to arrive at either the Stoughton or Sharon Commuter Rail station by 2:15pm on Thursday.
Want to get involved in the planning process and/or help recruit students in your area? Other questions? Feel free to contact Jesse, Leila, or Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pricing for the weekend (including all training costs, food & lodging) will be on a sliding scale of $35-$50. With a higher registration fee we will be able to offer more travel scholarships, but we also don't want to price students out of participating. Please pay as much as you are able to contribute!
The training will feature a wide range of workshops, activities and games, as well as plenty of time to eat, cook and hang out together. Here is a description of a few of the workshops of the weekend:
- Storytelling for Organizing - Why do you do what you do? Telling stories about the food system and about our own lives is one of the best ways to teach, inspire and connect with those around us. In this workshop you'll have a chance reflect on your own experiences as well as learn the basics of how to construct a powerful public narrative to share with others.
- Inside the Corporate Food Service Industry - Did you know that your campus cafeteria is likely connected to a multi-national, multi-billion dollar food service industry? Who really controls what food ends up on your plate? It's not as simple as you might think! In this workshop, we go behind the cafeteria counter to explore what's really going on in the kitchens, on the loading docks and in corporate board rooms of some of the largest companies in the world. Together we'll also explore the incredible power students have to change the system and promote a real food economy on campus and beyond!
- Recruitment and Retention on a Busy Campus - Whether you're just starting a student group or dealing with year-to-year turnover, knowing how to attract new members and keep them around is of critical importance. In this workshop we'll discuss some simple tools to keep you on track. You'll also learn about 'relational meetings' and strategies for connecting one-on-one with fellow group members for long term success.
Northeast Real Food Roadtrip!
After an exciting year of real food campaigns and an incredible round of summer trainings, between September 28 and October 28, 2011 we went on the road to bring an amazing leadership & campaign-planning training to 15 campuses through all of New England and New York on our first regional Real Food Road Trip!
During the Road Trip we gave a one-night presentation or several action-packed workshop sessions to boost student's existing campaigns, get a campaign started, and definitely to build the skills & interest in student organizing!
The workshops included:
- Corporate Food Service: Challenges and Opportunities for democracy in the dining hall
- Strategic Campaign Planning: how your campus food service can GET REAL!
- Real Food Calculator 101: everything you need to know to use the best tool for understanding your campus food.
- The Food Movement: A holistic understanding of the nation wide movement building today and the students that have triumphed in getting their campuses to commit to real food.
- ....and more! Let us know if there's something your student org needs that's not on this list!
We were able to visit all these campuses thanks to students succesfull fundraising!
We are very excited to have more schools on board in the fight for real food and look forward to another Road Trip in the spring!
Northeast Summer Training 2011!
In August 2011 students from all across the Northeast gathered for a 4 day training in Stoughton, MA to build their student organizing skills and to learn about the ways they can change the food system by leveraging their student power and shift their institution's purchasing to REAL food!
Registration is now closed but if you didn't get a chance to participate in the training you can still bring the Real Food Challenge to your campus this fall!!
The Real Food Challenge Northeast Team will be on the road this September through October delivering workshops, meeting with students, and supporting campus efforts for real food LIVE!
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Check out this clip from the Northeast Regional Summer Training in August 2011!
SUMMER TRAINING 2011!
What: Real Food Challenge’s Northeast leadership training! We will discuss how to plan an effective campaign, work with dining services, and engage your fellow students.
Where: Boston, MA. The event will be at the Packard Manse Ecumenical Retreat Center in Stoughton, MA (~30 minutes outside Boston and accessible via commuter rail).
When: August 25-28 (Click Here for a Schedule Overview)
Who: You! All college students who want to start a real food campaign on their campus are welcome. We especially encourage folks to come with at least one other student from their school to help plan for the new school year. This training will be geared towards students who already understand the issues, and are ready to take action!
Why: Because with all that is going on around food issues today, as students we need to connect with each other and engage with organizing tools to effectively make change. This training will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn from one another and from experienced organizers working with RFC. This is also a great way for students to connect with the NE organizers who will be helping students in the NE organize campaigns throughout the school year.
Cost: ONLY $25 for food, lodging, and programming.
To PAY ONLINE (click the Paypal button below to pay)
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