Make Meaning Podcast EPISODE 36 – Teens and Food with Jen Rusciano

Episode 36 – Jen Rusciano – Teens and Food

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Breaking bread or preparing a meal together can remove barriers and build powerful connections. And when it’s Detroit teens embarking on a culinary adventure together in a safe space where they can question, explore, learn and engage with mentors, it could be the first step toward becoming future decision makers, thought leaders, changemakers. Tune in to this week’s episode of the Make Meaning podcast, where Lynne Golodner speaks with Jen Rusciano, co-founder and Executive Director of Detroit Food Academy, about how three pillars – food, business and education – make a difference in the lives of Detroit teens.

For Jen Rusciano, food is a path to education, business, leadership and connections.

Jen combined training as a food educator with a passion for youth to create opportunities for teens to learn about and engage with the food community.

What sets you on fire? What makes you want to dive deeper? What gives you energy to keep going?

In this episode, Lynne and Jen talk about:

  • Empowering teens to be leaders
  • The connective power of food
  • Three pillars – food, education, business – changing the lives of teens
  • Advice for finding purpose and infusing activities with meaning

Links and Resources:

The Detroit Food Academy website
Detroit Food Academy – Facebook
Detroit Food Academy Instagram
Small Batch Detroit

Next Week’s Episode: Join us as Lynne Golodner discusses what makes A True Education