WELCOME TO THE CLUB
The future needs you.
Cafeterias and more importantly students like you play a vitally important role in our food systems and the health of our society and planet. You are the next generation of consumers, producers, and decision-makers, and your voice is important.
The Lunch Club is a group of students making positive change by designing the equitable and sustainable cafeteria of the future.
Why Should I Participate?
Through The Lunch Club process you will:
- Learn how to think like a designer
- Gain an understanding of systems thinking
- Develop skills in building empathy, critical thinking, brainstorming, and ideation
- Access and use a set of interactive creative tools
- Have an opportunity to be a change-maker in your food systems
How does it work?
The Lunch Club Platform is free and open to all high school students who want to help design a better cafeteria. The platform will guide you through taking on the role of a food systems designer to explore your current cafeteria before creating a future vision. You will then share this vision with decision-makers and collaboratively develop a plan for making it a reality.
This platformed is designed to be flexible. Although we recommend that this process be completed over the course of the school semester or trimester, there are no grades here. You can engage with the platform at your own pace.
Part 1: Getting Started
1.1 Selecting Your Toolkit
Choose which Lunch Club toolkit is best for you. You can request a physical kit by mail, access a digital version online, or download and print the kit as a PDF.
Identify and engage with a sponsor who will help support you and provide feedback as you go through the design process.
Schedule a video call with a member of The Lunch Club team to answer any questions and help get you started.
Part 2: Thinking Like A Designer
Take a short survey before you get started. You will be asked to complete a post-survey when you complete The Lunch Club platform.
Learn about the design process, systems thinking, and get started with your designer’s toolkit.
Explore a brief history of design, and identify what your values will be as a designer.
Part 3: Discover
Take a scan of health and food issues in your area using the resources available to you.
Start practicing your systems thinking skills by diving into how cafeterias function as a complex system.
Create a multi-layered map of your school’s cafeteria system, and reflect on what you’ve discovered.
Interview your peers and other stakeholders to gain insights from others for your design vision.
Part 4: Make
Play the Cafeteria Futures Ideation Card game and start generating ideas for your cafeteria design vision.
Decide what you want to focus on for your cafeteria design vision using all the information you have collected.
Organize a meeting with your stakeholders to brainstorm a plan for creating change in your cafeteria area.
Create a rubric for measuring successful change based on your meeting with stakeholders.
It’s time to put all the pieces together and create your design vision for the future of your cafeteria.
Check-in with a member of The Lunch Club team to discuss your progress!
Part 5: Share
Complete the short survey you took at the beginning of the process and compare your results!
Ready to start designing?
Register now to get started!