Who We Are

Our Purpose

What Drives Us

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Our Objectives

Health and Nutrition
Fight obesity, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses by educating youth on the health benefits of eating more plant-based meals and giving them hands-on experience cooking healthy foods.

Economic Opportunity
Create economic opportunities for youth by teaching leadership and vocational skills through the culinary arts and exposing them to entrepreneurship in the hospitality and agricultural industries.

Food Access
Improve the health of our Atlanta metro community by increasing access to fresh, plant-based food at affordable prices, especially in low-income neighborhoods.

Our Story

The Urban Oak Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fights obesity, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses through innovative, kid-friendly programs. We teach Atlanta teens the benefits of plant-based nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle.

Our programs are designed to address many of the issues our communities face today, including food security, nutrition, and socioeconomic opportunity. Our fun, creative outreach efforts target 12- to 18-year-old kids in the Metro Atlanta area.

Our non-judgmental approach allows for open discussion of the concerns that disproportionately affect our community.

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Join our Mission

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Meet Our Team

Making Good Happen

Executive Director

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ASIA KUYKENDAL

MS. Program Manager - Financial Literacy

MA. Economics - Program Manager Entrepreneurship

FMP, CEC 2010 - 2015, Culinary Program, Volunteer