Basics

Held at ACFB, the Youth Summit is a free multi-day service opportunity that includes interactive workshops and service projects with the Food Bank and other hunger fighting organizations in metro Atlanta. Each year the Youth Summit brings together a diverse group of high school students to learn how to fight hunger in their community, earn community service hours, and build new friendships. Each session is limited to 20 students who all agree to complete at least one “Hunger Fighting Action Step” during the following school year.

The Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty will return the summer of 2015. Applications will be available in early February 2015 with a deadline in mid-April 2015.

If you have any questions, please email youth.summit@acfb.org or call 404-892-3333 x1308.

Testimonials

Youth Summit Testimonials

Each summer, our Youth Summit participants love to share what an impact the experience had on their lives.  Several days of learning about the issues through hands-on experience seems to agree with them!  They have the opportunity to volunteer at mobile food pantries, community gardens, ACFB’s Product Rescue Center, and so much more.  They even get the chance to role-play with a state representative and lobbyist at the Capitol.  When all is said and done, most participants walk away truly inspired to make a difference.  Here’s what some of them have said about their experience:  

“In the three days that followed the first initial gathering, my eyes have been opened. I'm seeing things in ways I never have had before. I was ignorant before- having my predisposed ideas of poverty and hunger. I now feel shocked that I was so shallow. The people that I have met are some of the most courageous and honorable people alive. Their life story is a testament of faith, hope, and vision for a changed world. Their strength in the face of adversity and desolation has inspired me. Their open arms and their warm smiles ignited a flame within me. And this flame will not go out until I have had my chance to make my impact on the world and these people.”

“I just wanted to thank everyone for making last week so inspirational and touching. For me, it was more than just volunteering and I enjoyed every single second of it. I know that the time I spent with all of you will be cherished forever and I will never forget the impact that the week had on my life and my perspective regarding my priorities. I made so many awesome friendships that I know I will keep for years to come. Thank you all for everything.”

“Youth Summit gave me the knowledge, confidence, and motivation to take action in the community.”

“Going into the summit, I did not expect to get so much out of it as I did. It was fun and enthralling. I was moved by the true life stories of the real people that we met. They were so welcoming and so loving. Their thankfulness for everything in their lives has inspired me to want to do something more for them and make them even happier.”

“The action plans today were very impressive. I just hope that each one of us stick by it or come up with something new and accomplish our goals. What we felt and gained during this summit is too much to be wasted! We need to seriously make things happen!”

“The Youth Summit was more than I ever expected.  It was informative, interactive, and so much fun.”

“I thought the Youth Summit was really great at informing me on who is most likely to be hungry or in poverty, what you can do to help, and overall it was a great hands-on experience.”

“The Youth Summit helped me feel well prepared to take action in many of my various communities (school, church, home).”

FAQ

2015 Youth Summit FAQ

Who is eligible to attend the 2015 Youth Summit?
Rising 9th – 12th graders are eligible to apply.  The students can be in public, private, or home school.

What will I be doing at the Youth Summit?
First and foremost, you will be learning about hunger and poverty issues. You will be participating in group activities and discussions, volunteer activities at the Food Bank and in the community, and visiting the State Capitol. You will also spend time developing and refining an Action Step to address hunger in your community.  

What do you mean by Action Step?
A requirement of all Youth Summit participants, the Action Step takes place during the school year following the Youth Summit. The idea is for you to take what you learned and apply it to an action in your community. Popular examples include conducting a food drive at your school or creating a team for Hunger Walk.  

I am currently in 8th grade and my sister is in 12th grade. Can we apply?
You can apply as an 8th grader because we consider you a rising 9th grader. Unfortunately, your sister cannot apply because she is already in the 12th grade and is not a rising 12th grader.

When is the 2015 Youth Summit?
Dates will be announced in February 2015.

Can I apply for both sessions of the Summit?
We ask that you note your preferred session on the application, but if you are able to attend either session you can note that on your application. Please note that students can only participate in one Summit session.

Do I have to attend all 5 days?
Yes, it is required that you attend all days of the Summit and are able to be there all day each day. 

Where is the Youth Summit held?
The Youth Summit is held at the Atlanta Community Food Bank located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Do I have to provide my own transportation?
Yes, and for those students riding MARTA, we are able to shuttle you to and from the Bankhead MARTA station.  

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please email youth.summit@acfb.org or call 404-892-3333 ext. 1308.