Detroit Food Academy

Jen Rusciano, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Detroit Food Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works with local educators, chefs, and business owners to inspire young Detroiters (ages 13-24) through self-directed entrepreneurial experiences rooted in food-- experiences which open doors, create connections, and spark confidence. From cooking delicious healthy meals for friends and family to facilitating complex conversations with community to developing artisan food projects from scratch to market, students learn by transforming their ideas into reality. Through this process, they grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system.

Research Interests:

  • Youth leadership and development
  • Support networks
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Nutrition and health outcomes

Website | Email | Phone: (313) 687-4190

Research Areas: Youth Development & EngagementSocial SupportNutrition

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