American Express and United Way for Southeastern Michigan will join forces with Robert Young, executive chef of Bastone, Vinotecca, Café Habana and Commune Lounge (Union Brewery in Royal Oak), at Detroit’s Cody High School to teach students about healthy eating and exploring different cultures through food. Originally from Wales, Chef Young has crafted distinct dishes for each restaurant from inspirations he has picked up from his travels around the globe. Additionally, students and volunteers will work on various projects around the school such as:

·         Classroom painting and clean-up

·         Outdoor clean-up and redesign of the campus courtyard

·         Canvas mural painting

·         Locker mural painting

·         Bench and picnic table building

American Express, United Way and Delta employees will work hand-in-hand with students, parents, teachers and other community members on each project element.  The global feast and spring gardening event is the final in a series of three “Travel with Your Mind” volunteer events that kicked off in fall 2010. The “Travel with Your Mind” program was designed to help revitalize Cody High School, one of United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s high-performing turnaround schools, through a series of transformational projects and multicultural initiatives. The projects are all travel-themed and aim to expose students to the new possibilities travel creates without leaving their own backyard.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chef Young will conduct a cooking demonstration from 12:15 to 12:50 p.m.

Cody High School
18445 Cathedral Street
Detroit, MI 48228

Anyone interested in volunteering should register at


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