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2010 RIC Youth Summit in North Carolina


Rooted in Community’s mission is to empower young people from historically excluded and low-income communities to take leadership for food justice.

2013 Conf March


Our vision is of a just and healthy food system in which youth take leadership and offer their gifts to build resilient and thriving communities through food systems transformation.  We see youth as designers and creators of dynamic food and health programs, socially responsible enterprises, and people centered policy, in order to generate vibrant communities and equitable economies.



We believe in:

  • Inclusiveness, equity, and empowerment for young leaders

  • The reality that youth, in strong partnership with adult allies, are critical forces in creating a just and healthy food system for all

  • Honoring ancestral ways of sustainability, respect, honor, and beauty.

  • Instilling confidence and a sense of responsibility to cultivate creative and innovative 280208_447037881985177_838877226_oabilities to bring balance to the earth and economies.

  • Openly recognizing and talking about the legacy of oppression and privilege

  • Strong and honest partnerships between those who have privilege and those who don’t in order to transform the system and create something functional and sustainable