Food Justice Program Coordinator/AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation. AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs. Members receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.
The Children’s Aid Society is seeking a dynamic Program Coordinator to lead an after-school Food Justice program for middle school students in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Our Food Justice program aims to empower young people to explore what food means to them and to their community from various perspectives, including how it intersects with their neighborhood’s cultural, racial, economic, ecological, historical and health landscapes. The program will run concurrently at 4 different sites and engage 15 middle school students each. The program will include class discussions, activities, and cooking; field trips to local farms, gardens and markets; a community food assessment; photography, videography and social media; and a final event where students share their work with one another. Our goals are to positively impact students’ food choice, voice and action, which includes increasing their awareness of healthy eating and food justice, and empowering them to plan and implement effective Community Food Justice projects.
The Principal Responsibilities of the Food Justice Program Coordinator will be to oversee the successful implementation of the Food Justice program at 4 sites. This includes:
• Providing supervision of food justice educators and interns and leading curriculum trainings
• Facilitating one, 30-week Food Justice after school program and one, 6-week summer program
• Leading the development of the Food Justice curriculum, including facilitating bi-weekly curriculum meetings with the Food Justice team.
• Coordinating the logistics of all program activities including field trips to local farms, gardens, markets, museums, community food assessments, photography, videography and social media projects and the implementation of youth-led community projects at each program site.
• Establishing and fostering linkages with other food justice related programs and organizations to develop collaborative partnerships that will enrich the curriculum.
• Overseeing the design and implementation of a culminating event for staff, students, and organizational partners to share the completed youth-led projects with the public.
• Updating content of Food Justice program website and writing blog posts.
The candidate must have the following Skills and Qualifications:
• Must be an experienced, dynamic and creative youth facilitator
• Strong gardening and/or culinary skills, especially in healthful cuisine
• Energetic and effective communicator with an ability to connect with young people from diverse backgrounds and communities
• Excellent time management skills
• Self-Motivated, passionate, flexible, highly organized and able to work independently
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Candidates with experience working in the communities we serve and are bilingual (English-Spanish) are highly encouraged to apply
This is a full-time, one-year AmeriCorps position, with the possibility of renewal after the first year. In addition to a bi-weekly stipend, benefits include full health benefits and a $5500 educational award upon completion of the year.
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
• A dynamic and experienced teacher/community educator who will engage and connect well with students of various ages.
• Members must be at least 17 years old and at least a senior in high school.
• All members must be approved to work in DOE school as determined by Department of Health and/or Department of Education through an FBI criminal background check. Potential members must be free of any sexual offense charges as determined through an online check of the National Sex Offender Registry
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Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer