In early 2017 a healthy breakfast cake, Rebel Crumbles, was introduced at all Philadelphia area public schools and Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic schools – but unlike other food served at school, this snack was designed, produced and marketed by the Rebel Ventures crew, a collection of local high school students who aim to provide nutritious meal choices for their classmates. The cake, filled with fruits, whole grains, and spices, is provided for free at breakfast to a total of 319 schools in the area.
Rebel Ventures is a youth-powered, nonprofit, social enterprise based in West Philadelphia and supported by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. The enterprise is comprised of high school students, college mentors, and full-time employees, who are dedicated to creating “healthy deliciousness” with youth (and adult allies) in the form of healthy, affordable foods for schools in Philadelphia.
Rebel Ventures Cooks with Kids
Produced by Monica Rogozinski
Edited by Demi Ratchford
Jarett Stein, the Director of Health & Social Ventures at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn, discusses the after school program that has high school students from the Rebel Ventures crew, teach kids at Comegys Elementary School how to cook healthy food in an engaging community setting.