The Issue: Poor Nutrition Among Low-Income and Minority Students
As a tuition-free, open-enrollment school, the Academy for Global Citizenship’s demographic includes 80% low-income students, 90% minority students, and 20% students with special educational needs. This makes nutrition education crucial, since nearly 45% of children living in poverty and almost 40% of Black and Latino youth, ages 2–19, are overweight or obese, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
The Campaign: Teaching Healthy Eating Habits to Students
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Academy for Global Citizenship to promote healthy eating habits to its students. The first $1,000 raised will allow Academy for Global Citizenship to host an educational exhibition for grades K–3. During this event, students will learn about the food cycle, shopping for healthy ingredients, important food-handling and safety habits, balancing their diets, and plant-based proteins among other topics. Any funds raised over $1,000 will go toward the school’s cooking and nutrition programs.
Academy for Global Citizenship
On the Southwest side of Chicago sits an educational laboratory. The Academy for Global Citizenship's (AGC) tuition-free, open-enrollment public-charter school utilizes contemporary, holistic teaching approaches from around the world as it prepare its students for globalization and environmental challenges. The organization works toward the total growth of each child, as well as his or her academic development, by placing equal emphasis on emotional, cultural, physical, and social needs.
A typical day for students might begin as they walk past the school garden, where math and wellness lessons sometimes take place, before gathering in the zero-waste cafeteria to eat a breakfast of warm mana bread with fresh fruit compote—scraping any leftovers in the compost bin. Later, they might lead a yoga class, hunt for eggs in the chicken coop, or design recipes for their families. This inquiry-based curriculum is organized into concept-driven units, with the extended learning day divided between core academic subjects, physical activities, and enrichment activities. Ultimately, AGC aims to inspire systemic change in how society nurtures its future generations.