When we work with youth on the topic of food and nutrition, it is easy to stumble into discussions that hold a complex and difficult history. It is important to recognize that there are many students that we work with that will be carrying traumatic experiences in their bodies which can be easily triggered by conversations surrounding food.
Creating a culture of connection and safety, providing opportunities for expression, autonomy and empowerment, and remaining both culturally humble and curious will help any educator provide meaningful and authentic food lessons.
All that being said, using a trauma-informed approach in any classroom is an ongoing process of self-education and discovery. At SGN, we are working closely with Leah’s Pantry to develop training materials and structures to help you facilitate an empowered food education program. Please stay tuned for more training information in the coming weeks!
In the meantime, consider taking a course like the one below: