Chef Instructor- PEAK Program
PEAK (Pathways to Excellence, Achievement and Knowledge) Program is a part of The Children’s Aid Society’s Youth Justice Programs. The Children’s Aid Society Youth Justice Programs focus on helping youth re-integrate successfully into their families and communities. PEAK is a school based alternative to incarceration program in collaboration with the Department of Probation serving probation-referred youth at the Bronx Charter School. The PEAK program’s core function is to increase positive outcomes for adolescents who are on probation and in jeopardy of being placed as well as youth whose risk levels suggest that they need rigorous programming in order to thrive in the community without the need for residential placement. PEAK combines educational enrichment and behavior modification and therapeutic services to support youth while in an extended day school based program.
We are seeking a qualified Chef Instructor whose primary responsibility will be to teach hands-on healthy cooking classes to approximately 10 adolescents during the after school hours (4-8pm). In each class, the Chef will lead youth to prepare and serve a Community Meal for approximately 30 PEAK participants. The Community Meal is an integral part of the program as it is a time when youth and adults can sit down together and share a family-style meal, which will help build trusting relationships.
• Develop and implement healthy cooking curriculum which include hands-on culinary instruction, food and kitchen safety practices, nutrition education discussions and reflection activities.
• Lead youth in preparing and serving healthy and delicious community dinners for 30 people daily.
• Manage logistics of program, including placing food orders, receiving, storing and maintaining inventory of food and cooking equipment
• Communicate daily with PEAK staff team, including on-site Probation Officer, on youth behavior and progress.
• Regularly report to and solicit feedback from PEAK Program Director.
• Attend all meetings and trainings as directed
• Engage in ongoing personal and professional development to increase capacity to serve young people
• Strong culinary skills and experience, especially in healthful cuisine.
• Minimum 2 years of experience directly working with difficult-to-engage adolescents
• Energetic and effective communicator with an ability to connect with high risk, multicultural, diverse young people young people from diverse backgrounds and communities.
• Proven excellence in teaching and time management skills.
• Capacity to think and act intentionally and strategically to help young people change behaviors
• Capacity for creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, violence prevention
• Organizing, managing and completing projects and tasks with thoroughness, accuracy, and timeliness
• Self-motivation, initiative, sound judgment, and commitment to ongoing learning are essential
• Ability to work as a part of a team
• Flexibility with work hours/schedule as needed for programming and participant needs
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred but not required.
• Certification: Department of Health Food Handler’s License or Serve safe
• BA degree
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Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer