Story Challenge

We are excited to announce the inaugural Story Challenge, an event for high school students to write/speak/film/perform their perspective on the intersections of Food Justice with cultural familiarity, food access, and poverty. A $1500 scholarship and a one year position on our Board of Directors will be awarded. As we endeavor to contribute to the cultivation of the next generation of leaders in our community, the Story Challenge is a way to encourage thoughtful awareness, to foster collaborative pursuit of opportunity for positive impact, and to support engaged youth leaders.

High School Story Challenge

Urban Seeds invites all local high school students to explore the intersection of food justice with culture, poverty, disparity, and assumptions, using the medium of your choice:

Speech  |  Essay  |  Video  |  Poem  |  Song

Using your choice of the following prompts, please tell us how you see the Mission and Vision of Urban Seeds connecting to food justice.

  1. How do our environments affect accessibility to and our relationship with food?
  2. How do our traditions with food relate to our health?
  3. How does food build community?
  4. How does food break down barriers and overcome stereotypes?
  5. What changes could be made to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to access nutritious foods?

Criteria for participation: student in good standing

Time considerations for submissions: 1000 words for essay; maximum 5 minutes for speech, song, poem or video

Submissions accepted via email to until January 15th 2021

Finalists will be invited to apply for a student Board of Directors position as well as receive a $1500.00 scholarship for the post-high school training or education path of their choice. 

  • Please include in your submission email a few sentences about yourself including your name, age, school you attend, and post high school education/career goals. 
  • Give two strategies you would use to promote food justice and food security awareness among your high school peers if selected as the Student Member of the Urban Seeds Board of Directors. Be creative! (Example of ideas: recruit and lead peers to volunteer at food assistance /event/programs; develop a value-added feature to an existing food assistance event/program; develop solutions for issues facing a specific community program that serve low income families)

Scholarship recipient will be announced February 5th 2021.   

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