Common Threads teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals because we believe that through our hands-on cooking classes we can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, while celebrating our cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common. We provide after-school programming to children ages 8-12 years old. Programs are free for students who qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program. In partnership with the YMCA of Greater Miami, we are happy to be providing our Cooking Skills and World Cuisine program to students at St. John the Apostle Catholic School in Hialeah. All lessons in the class series emphasize using fresh, quality ingredients and adopting healthy cooking and eating habits. Each week, our classes focus on a different country as the students prepare and sample world cuisine, with recipes and tastings of typical foods from different cultures. By preparing and sharing nutritious meals, children who participate in our programs learn to connect with their bodies, their neighbors, and their world in bite-sized lessons.