This past week, our youth had the opportunity to participate in a virtual program called “Teach me to Fish,” in partnership with the Lingzi Foundation. Teach me to Fish is a cooking experience that was founded on the philosophy, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This program is all about providing youth with the tools, skills, and resources to learn how to cook nutritious, healthy meals. During the class, the youth and their families cooked a meal together along with other families over Zoom. They learned how to prepare the meal, shared tips and tricks, and discussed the culture and traditions behind the dish. This week, they focused on making TACOS! The recipe and ingredients were dropped off to the family by BPD officers before the class to help to make the program stress-free and fun for everyone in the family.
The youth and their families all had an amazing time getting to cook and share a meal together, and meet other families in the process. The youth saw first hand (and enjoy!) the results of their hard work in the kitchen. This program will continue to run through the beginning of 2021 with a different meal every session. Not only are youth getting the chance to learn the basics of cooking, but they also are growing in other skills like collaboration, measuring, and independence, all while spending time with their families.
If you would like to help to support this program, along with others, information on ways to give can be found here: https://bostonpal.org/ways-to-give/