• Welcome to the Youth Advisory Council or YAC!

    Food and Nutrition Services at U-46 uses the YAC program to positively incorporate student's insights or feedback on the programs and services the department provides. YAC provides students with the opportunity to directly support program processes, outputs, and outcomes, while also building the skills of young people themselves. The goal of YAC is to engage students, faculty, and staff in learning about health and wellness. Each elementary school has a YAC group, and the group is led by the Food Service Lead and Assistant Lead. YAC meetings are held once a month. Students have the opportunity to create a healthy snack, try new foods, learn about our food supply, participate in physical activity etc.  

  • Lincoln Elementary

    Posted by Selena Oum on 4/24/2023 8:20:00 AM

    Lincoln Elementary’s Youth Advisory Council celebrated Earth Day by creating “Seed Bombs”. The students created these Seed Bombs by shredding paper, soaking it in water, and blending it. Once blended, the students added seeds and placed them into the mold. The molds are set to dry and will be placed into the ground. Our students are looking forward to when their seeds begin to germinate.


    Thank you to Diane, our Food & Nutrition Services Lead at Lincoln Elementary, for providing our students with an interactive activity and allowing them to give back to the Earth!


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  • Sycamore Trails

    Posted by Selena Oum on 3/28/2023 9:40:00 AM

    This week, Sycamore Trails Elementary School's Youth Advisory Council was able to sample two different flavors of waffles for the next school year. The students then split up into teams to play a food-related game using our nutrition wheel. Afterward, the students were able to spend time with our district's Registered Dietitian to discuss the different items they'd like to see on next year's menu. 

    Thank you to Jan, our Food & Nutrition Lead at Sycamore Trails Elementary School, and Christine, our Food & Nutrition Registered Dietitian, for engaging our students in learning about healthy choices and allowing them to voice their opinions about our menu. 

    ST YAC    YAC wheel


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  • Hilltop Elementary

    Posted by Selena Oum on 2/13/2023 7:30:00 AM

    Last week, Hilltop Elementary School’s Youth Advisory Council gathered together to play a game about healthy food choices. Broken up into teams, students raced with a balloon between their legs to choose a picture of nutritious food to bring back to their team. After the race, the students discussed their healthy choices and discarded the rest. The team that finished the quickest with the healthiest choices was named the winner!


    Thank you to Vita and Kathy, our Food & Nutrition Services team at Hilltop Elementary School for providing our students with a fun way to learn about healthy food choices!



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  • Glennbrook Elementary

    Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 4/7/2022

    The Glennbrook Elementary YAC is learning about gardening and where their food comes from. The students planted seeds in the pots they painted a few weeks ago.  The students will be able to watch the seeds germinate, and will be able to take the pots home! 


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  • Highland Elementary School

    Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 3/15/2022

    The YAC group at Highland taught students about the benefits of breakfast and whole grains. Then they got to make some homemade waffles with fruit!


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  • Hillcrest Elementary - Quesadillas

    Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 3/10/2022

    Karina and Jazmin have teamed up with one of their teachers for their YAC group. Before the meeting, the teacher used the ingredients as a teaching tool for the students. They researched all of the ingredients. When the students came down for their YAC meeting they hung the posters they made with all of their research information. Karina and Jazmin had a few of them come up and present one piece of information they learned from the process.

    They got to make quesadillas with all the toppings, and additional school staff joined in on the yummy fun!! 


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  • More at 4 - Friendship Pockets

    Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 3/9/2022

    Saida Rosa talked to her YAC class about how the food we eat each day to stay healthy is like the fuel a rocket needs to get into space. They had fun making their own "rocket fuel" by building their own Friendship Pockets.



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  • Wayne Elementary - NSBW

    Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 3/3/2022

    The students had a blast helping beautifully color pictures to decorate for NSBW. 


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  • Glenbrook Elementary - Planting Herb Gardens

    Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 3/3/2022

    The YAC group at Glennbrook Elementary painted pots for Mother's Day and planted a herb garden. More planting to come for their veggie garden!


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  • Washington & Spring Trail Elementary- Parfait Day!

    Posted by Kathleen Straniere on 2/23/2022

    It was yogurt parfait day! YAC leaders at each school highlighted the 3 food groups that were used in the breakfast (or snack) treat...milk, fruit and grains. They learned how they could easily make it at home with what they have in their fridge and pantry.  The students were able to create their own version of this yummy treat...some even went back for seconds!y p

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  • Interested in Joining YAC?

    Please reach out to our central office, and we will put you in touch with the YAC group leaders at your student's school. 

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