Learn how food waste and loss contribute to global hunger while exploring the meaningful food rituals in your local and global communities

In the Global Hunger program, teens investigate their community’s relationship to global hunger by exploring how we produce, consume and waste food. This course brings to life everyday food items, engages youth in exploring local food rituals, applies root cause to this global issue, and inspires youth to make small changes in their local communities to reduce food waste. Teens learn the interconnected nature of the meals they eat and the responsibility they each carry to help eliminate food waste and food loss

In this interactive program teens shape their own learning experience – they set the pace, decide when and where they engage, and make choices about the content that appeals to them
most. This course allows teens to

  • Learn key concepts through short, structured, engaging, and highly visual lessons
  • Expand their global perspective by exploring carefully selected videos and articles related to global hunger
  • Exchange stories with their global peers to deepen their understanding of one another and explore their similarities and differences
  • Contribute to their local and global communities by developing a plan for local actions that have global impact
  • *Add-on interactive activities available to select at registration

Due to the generosity of our funding partners, our Student to World programs are FREE. Sign up today!

  • Ages: 13-19
  • Self-directed: Teens navigate independently, selecting themes and resources of interest to them
  • Content-rich: 6-8 hours of engaging resources and creative activities for each theme
  • Flexible:​ Start and stop anytime
  • Online: Mobile, tablet, desktop
  • Safe:​ Private, secure platform

Program breakdown

Aligns with History/Social Studies, English, Science, Health courses

Course modules:

  1. #Everyday Breakfast – Teens explore and share stories about the interconnectivity of their breakfasts.
  2. #Everyday Local Food Rituals – Teens explore and share stories around food rituals that they practice with their friends or family.
  3. #Everyday Global Hunger – Teens explore and share stories around food waste or loss in their community
  4. #Everyday Action – Teens plan for local actions that can achieve positive global impact.

Learning objectives:

  1. Examine the origins of the food you eat
  2. Understand the concept of global mutuality
  3. Explore your food rituals and the aspects that make them
  4. Imagine food rituals impacted by climate change
  5. Consider the impact of climate change
    on global environments
  6. Explore the root causes of food waste and food loss in your life
  7. Set a goal to reduce food waste and loss
  8. Know how stories help connect us to one another

Course components:

  1. Mini-lessons
  2. Video content
  3. Learning checks
  4. Audio narration
  5. Youth narration
  6. Story Share assignments
  7. Global repository of stories

This course aligns to:

  • United Nations’ Sustainable ​Development Goals
  • Next Generation Science Standards ​ ​ ​
  • Asia Society Global Competencies
  • ​21st Century Skills
  • Casel’s Social Emotional Learning

Student to World encouraged my students to write more

A student of mine always writes funny stories, when she started the Art in Action program she realized that a lot of other writers have the same style she has. This encouraged her to write more. The program also helped her with increasing her vocabulary

Stories used as an opportunity to raise

I really liked how [global peers] used their stories as an opportunity to raise awareness for an issue they are passionate about. [One student] talked about how he was able to overcome bullying, which really inspired [me]. [Another student] talked about the cruel oppression of Muslims in Burma, which really convinced me to include awareness in my story.

An opportunity to see something beyond
the world where they live

The thing that I most enjoy in implementing [the program] with high school students is the opportunity for them to see something beyond the world where they live…

Why Storytelling?

“Everything – faith, science, love – needs a story for people to find it plausible.”

-Adam Gopnick, The New Yorker.

In order for youth to find each other’s lives plausible, Student to World leverages the power of storytelling. Rather than have global youth share opinions and information about themselves with one another, we engage them in sharing stories with one another.

The stories are often brief, yet impactful, revealing deep truths through small moments, bringing social issues to life through day-to-day realities a deep-rooted global issue.

The power of storytelling for enduring learning–in which students retain the information they learn beyond the classroom and course is well established in research literature in the fields of communication, cultural studies and neuroscience. The brain reacts to stories based on triggers to the neurons that evoke empathy. Stories help students connect across great distance and difference.

Standards Alignment

Aligns with History/Social Studies, English, Science, Health courses

MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise
in global temperatures over the past century.
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and
minimizing a human impact on the environment.
HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human
activities on the environment and biodiversity.
HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human
activities on natural systems.
Investigate the world
Recognize perspectives
Communicate ideas
Take Action
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Information Literacy
Media Literacy
Technology Literacy
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Self Awareness
Self Management
Responsible Decision Making
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote
sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 17: Helping governments and stakeholders make the SDGs a reality

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