The SFYN Academy

Building future
food leaders

We can’t solve our challenges with the same thinking that created them. We need systemic views, new perspectives and creative, cross-border minds.

The SFYN Academy offers knowledge on the current food system, insight in the compelling alternatives, and help you to acquire the skills needed to lead the change we need. Diversity is key: we aim to include participants from different backgrounds and disciplines to secure a diverse knowledge exchange. 

This way, we bring together young, talented and motivated changemakers, to become the leaders we need.

Youths celebrating Slow food



By combining a diversity of practices and solutions in both the educational program and the group, we challenge our participants to rethink their  assumptions, and take home those lessons that fit their own talents and environment.

01Self Autonomy

Develop the ability to think independently, analyze problems, see different perspectives of the same reality, get to the bottom of the challenges and find solutions.

02Critical sense

Nourish skills that enable to have a global view based on the values of sustainability, equality and fairness, which can always be applied to each new situation or challenge, regardless of field or sector.


Grow your ability to simultaneously be a valued and open listener and a powerful leader, holding track to your core and serve the change needed to the world.


Learn how to develop radically different ideas, concepts and products and learn re-innovate when new input, knowledge or visions emerge.

What is next

Get involved!

The Academy is not the place where you will find solutions for the global food system, it is the place where these solutions are generated. You can contribute to this transition in different ways; we are currently working to create even more possibilities for you! 

Summer School

Do you have what it takes to change the food system? Test your skills, share your knowledge, enjoy the international network of Slow Food Youth and start serving change

Become a Coordinator!

Are you interested in opening your own local Academy? Now you can train with us and explore how you can adapt this innovative educational model to your own territory.

Join us!

There is an international group of young people that are eager to share their knowledge about farming, cooking and food policy. Join the discussion and let us hear your voice

Take over the world

We are global!

The Slow Food Youth Network – SFYN is a group of young people, 18 to 35 years old, who shares the same philosophy of the Slow Food Movement. We are in 186 countries, and bring together different cultures, origins and profiles with a common goal: contribute to a better food system! 

We are cooks, producers, indigenous, farmers, chefs, consumers, policy makers and food professionals of all kinds, willing to take action and change the food system fundamentally. 

The SFYN Academy is one of the main initiatives from the Slow Food Youth Network, created in 2010 by SFYN Netherlands group. Troughout the years this educational model has been taking over the world, reaching Europe (Germany and Netherlands), Africa (Uganda and Kenya), Asia (Korea) and Latin America (Brazil). In 2020 we will take our local Academies to the next level and organize the first Online Global SFYN Academy!


Do you want to know more?

Are you curious and want to know more? Send us an email!

The Slow Food Youth Network Academy is an official project from Slow Food and Slow Food Youth Network. The Online Global edition is part of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020-2021 and is co-organized by the Brazilian, Dutch, German, Italian and Ugandan Academy coordinators.


Building future food leaders photo credit:  Anne Harteman;  Online program photo credit from left up to down right: Kester Scholten, Slow Food Youth Network, Liset van der Laan, Slow Food Youth Network Uganda, Anne Harteman, Liset van der Laan. We are global photo photo credit from left up to down right: Slow Food Youth Network, Slow Food Youth Deutschland, Liset van der Laan, Slow Food Youth Network Brazil, Slow Food Youth Network Uganda, Slow Food Youth Network Korea.