As a Nextcourse fundraising partner, we’re pleased to offer great perks, including a “Better Brewing at Home” class to five lucky donors to the Nextcourse crowdfunding campaign in support of an equitable food system for all.
Since 2003, Nextcourse non-profit educational programs have helped some of San Francisco’s most undernourished groups make new connections to fresh, local foods through nutrition education, hands-on meal preparation, confidence-building, empowerment, and leadership training. Ultimately program participants learn from direct experience that preparing and eating healthy food can be life-changing.
They need $20,000 in funding to continue three innovative programs. Your contributions will help Nextcourse pay their chef instructors, buy food and supplies for classes, as well as procure and maintain cooking equipment and utensils. These programs include:
Urban Youth programs in the Mission District and Potrero Hill
Nextcourse works with high school students of the San Francisco inner-city to help plant, tend and harvest a garden in the school courtyard, prepare meals, and teach healthy nutrition to their peers. The program is so well received that every year a number of graduates make plans to begin their work life in the food industry.
Women in Transition program in SOMA
Program participants are recently incarcerated women in the process of reconstructing their lives. By learning how to prepare healthy meals for themselves, they also establish a powerful pattern of self-love.
Adults Facing Mental Illness program in the Tenderloin
Nextcourse was approached by a medical doctor two years ago to begin this program, working with adults who take prescription drugs for mental challenges and then develop Metabolic Syndrome as an undesireable side effect. To help this group eat healthier and adjust to living in a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel, Nextcourse developed a course that provides participants with a set of kitchen tools they use to prepare meals for themselves in their rooms. In addition, all individuals take part in weekly group cooking classes, farmers’ market trips, and exercise planning. They receive one-on-one professional support to establish meaningful health and wellness goals that can be longlasting.
As you can tell Nextcourse is a pretty rad organization, doing pretty amazing things. So check out their fundraiser here and if you can donate to the cause.