Project EAT believes in the importance of strong after school programs which helps foster critical thinking and leadership skills through youth empowerment. Scroll through this page to find different examples on what Youth Empowerment looks like at Project EAT. We provide detailed instructions on the steps involved to create these programs. We use food as a tool to build life skills which empower youth to make healthy choices and gain leadership experience that will enable them to inspire and educate their peers and families to do the same. Our youth empowerment programs are based in two different, but complementary theories—asset-building youth development theory and youth-led participatory action research (YPAR). However you envision positive change for your community or school, we hope that you see after school youth empowerment programs as an essential element in creating a lasting impact.