Cooking and Nutrition Education Americorps Instructor
The Children’s Aid Society’s Go!Chefs program is seeking dynamic instructors to lead after-school cooking and nutrition education programs for elementary, middle and high school students in the South Bronx, Harlem and Washington Heights. Hours range from 12-25 hours per week. This opportunity is an AmeriCorps position and members receive a biweekly stipend, transportation funding; depending on availability and an educational scholarship at the end of service.
Go! Chefs is a hands-on cooking, nutrition education and gardening program for young people. Since 2005, Go! Chefs has introduced youth to the pleasures of growing, preparing and enjoying "real food" that is both nutritious and delicious. Our core goals are for children to embrace fresh fruits and vegetables, increase their food literacy so they can make more informed food choices, build self-sufficiency in the kitchen and to share these skills with their families and communities. Go! Chefs serve 1500 children each year across 15 sites, and to date we have built educational gardens in eight of these so children get the full “seed to table” experience.
Candidate must be an experienced, dynamic, and creative youth facilitator and possess the ability to fulfill the following responsibilities and competencies:
• Implement lessons from the Go! Chefs curriculum which include hands-on cooking instruction, nutrition education discussions and activities and reflection activities.
• Manage and ensure safety of up to 15 elementary, middle and/or high school students.
• Teach proper culinary, sanitary and kitchen safety techniques to young people.
• Facilitate classroom discussions around nutrition and the health benefits of fruits, vegetables and whole foods.
• Communicate and coordinate effectively with the site program directors and counselors to ensure successful implementation of curriculum.
• Coordinate and communicate any problems, needs or concerns to the Go! Chefs program manager.
• Maintain program cooking equipment and student work.
• Strong culinary skills, especially in healthful cuisine.
• Minimum 2 years of experience directly teaching cooking and nutrition education to young people.
• Personally committed to wellness, healthy eating and to helping others achieve the same.
• Proven excellence in teaching and time management skills.
• Self-Motivated, passionate, flexible, highly organized and able to work independently.
• Energetic and effective communicator with an ability to connect with young people from diverse backgrounds and communities.
Candidates with experience working in the communities we serve and who are are bilingual (English-Spanish) are highly encouraged to apply.
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Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer