WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's youth are looking for variety of authentic, inclusive, participatory experiences and their interest in social change mirrors that trend, according to a new report from No Kid Hungry and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.
An online survey of 138 youth between the ages of 10 and 25 years led to a series of six recommendations for how to engage youth in the fight to end childhood hunger. While specific to childhood hunger, these best practices can be applied by any nonprofit organization working to engage youth in a social cause.
"Young people bring fresh eyes, energy, and a different perspective to the issue," said Shondra Jenkins, Executive Director, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.
To get youth involved in your cause:
- Ask them how they want to help.
- Be genuinely inclusive.
- Work through schools as a means to get youth involved.
- Show appreciation for their perspective.
- Be responsive and authentic.
- Use the right communications platforms.
The full report is available at https://www.nokidhungry.org/YouthReport.
From these recommendations, No Kid Hungry and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation have developed a new toolkit with an understanding of "what works" in engaging youth, with tools that can be used to broaden the base and immediately engage youth support in the fight to end childhood hunger. The toolkit is available at NoKidHungry.org/YouthToolkit.
Since 2003, the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has partnered with Share Our Strength and committed to help end childhood hunger, with the focus on inspiring the next generation of America's youth to make No Kid Hungry a reality. Together, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Share Our Strength have built a platform from which kids and teens can springboard into leadership and advocacy roles – positioning themselves as the voice of Generation No Kid Hungry.
ABOUT NO KID HUNGRY
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
ABOUT SODEXO STOP HUNGER FOUNDATION
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, the charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc., was created with the mission to ensure that every child in the United States grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is committed to empowering youth who are dedicated to combating hunger and positively impacting their communities across America. From nutrition programs to engaging youth in service and advocacy, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation supports hunger-related initiatives on local, state, and national levels. Sodexo, Inc. funds all administrative costs for Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation to ensure that all money raised helps those in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted more than $27 million to help end childhood hunger. To learn more visit www.HelpStopHunger.org.
Contact: Laura Hosny, No Kid Hungry, email@example.com
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SOURCE No Kid Hungry