Appetite for Adventure: The Inside Scoop on GLP’s new School Assembly Program
Exciting things are happening in GLP’s ever-evolving Education Program. This fall, a stellar team of GLP Ambassadors will venture into their local communities to engage, inspire, and educate students and teachers about global food sustainability via the new “Appetite for Adventure: Exploring Global Food Sustainability” school assembly.
How Did the School Assembly Program Begin?
The School Assembly Program is an evolution from our former GLP Mobile Tour, where there was a single GLP Team traversing the country in the sustainable Sol Trekker RV, sharing our films and presentations with schools, festivals, and other community events.
Although we had a ton of fun, there were some major drawbacks to the mobile tour – we were always on the move, which meant we were never in one area long enough to build relationships and have a lasting impact. To address this challenge, GLP has brought on our first group of Ambassadors to deliver engaging multimedia presentations in their respective regions across the U.S. This new format allows us to reach more classrooms and engage with schools and communities on a deeper level.
What Does the New School Assembly Program Look Like?
Similar to our “Students Connecting to Global Sustainability” curriculum, the new assembly, “Appetite for Adventure: Exploring Global Food Sustainability,” is centered on GLP’s cutting-edge films. In a one-hour presentation, our Ambassadors will take an auditorium full of students on a virtual adventure around the world to learn about global food sustainability, including the challenges, solutions, and real people who are making a difference.
Which global films and destinations are featured?
With a GLP Ambassador as their guide, students will travel across the globe as they:
- Witness the fair trade production of coffee on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and discover how fair trade certification is developing more sustainable communities.
- Learn about the issues facing small farming communities in tropical Guatemala as they adapt to expanding commercial farming operations and a changing climate.
- Discover the power of community gardening in the suburban Chicago town of Rockford, IL, where local gardens help to transform the health of an urban, low-income community while empowering young leaders as role models.
For students, this multisensory journey around the world is more powerful and memorable than a simple lecture about global food issues. With the “Appetite for Adventure” assembly, students have the opportunity to:
- Connect visual imagery to real-world concepts and issues
- Meet real people who are making a difference in their communities
- Experience new cultures and perspectives on what it means to be a global citizen
- Be inspired to make connections and change in their daily lives
We know that this presentation will inspire students and teachers to take action, which is why our Ambassadors are prepared to provide resources and connections to local opportunities to learn more about food sustainability within their region, through activities like attending farmer’s markets, volunteering with local environmental groups, taking field trips to local CSA programs, and more. Our goal is to empower students to get involved with sustainability at the local level, while connecting them to global issues and strengthening their role as global citizens.
How Can You Get Involved?
We are kicking our new program into action this fall. Soon we’ll have GLP Ambassadors presenting in schools across the country. Keep on the look out for an Ambassador in a city near you! Current locations include Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Washington DC; Portland, ME; Scottsdale, AZ and Maui, HI.
Interested in becoming a GLP Ambassador in your area? Want more information about bringing the School Assembly Program to your school? Visit glpfilms.com/assemblies or send an email to Program Director, Laura Knudson at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.