The Southern University Agricultural Center, along with the LSU AgCenter, will sponsor a youth cooking school, “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods,” for youth ages 9 to 11 on July 13-17 and ages 12 to 14 on July 27-31.

The C.H.E.F. cooking school teaches basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s “MyPlate” food guidance system and 2010 dietary guidelines.

Participants will work together to create a meal while learning healthy eating and physical activity principles, food preparation, kitchen and food safety, common cooking terms, proper food handling, measuring techniques, critical thinking and team building skills, planning and time management.

“In many households, the parents work and very often when kids get home from school they are home alone,” said De’Shoin York Friendship, associate specialist for nutrition at the SU Ag Center, in a news release. “Instead of choosing fast foods or frozen prepared foods, which may be high in fat or sodium, our cooking camps teach youth how to safely prepare nutritious snacks and meals, many of which do not involve the use of a stove.”

Both sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus. Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and snack each day.

Space is limited. To register, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson-Reynolds at (225) 389-3055, or kiyana_kelly@suagcenter.com or marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.