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FoodCorps Service Members

32 Prince Street, Newark, NJ, USA

Job Type

About the Role

Our AmeriCorps members work alongside educators to provide kids in K-8 schools with
food education and culturally affirming experiences with food that celebrate and nurture
the whole child. Although they do this in a variety of ways depending on local partner
goals, below are the foundational activities that all Food Education members complete:

Essential Functions
● Teach hands-on food education and lead taste tests to nourish student’s sense of excitement about eating fruits and vegetables and trying new foods.
● Grow nourishing food with students, teachers, and families to create dynamic educational gardens where kids can get their hands dirty while learning about food.
● Build a school-wide movement around nourishing food by building strong, collaborative relationships with teachers, families, and school administrators.
● Participate in FoodCorps training around teaching, gardening, family engagement, and anti-racism in service.
● Complete FoodCorps reporting and evaluation to help us measure local and national impact and improve programming.
● This role may require a moderate level of physical activity, primarily in the fall and in the spring. Tasks include: consistent lifting, bending, shoveling soil and compost, working in a hoophouse, etc. These activities may take place in variable weather conditions (heat, humidity, or cold).

Non-Essential Functions
● Publicize FoodCorps-related projects and success stories through press engagements, blog writing, social media posts, newsletters, etc.
● Collaborate with community partners to raise money to support local FoodCorps-related projects (when allowable).

What You’ll Gain
• Up to $33,000 living stipend for Service Members, paid bi-weekly.
• $7,395 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your term of service
• Health insurance*
• Partial childcare reimbursement, if you qualify
• Student loan forbearance, if you qualify
• Training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities
*Participation in FoodCorps health insurance is required unless proof of existing coverage is provided.

Requirements

What We’re Looking For

● Commitment to building a healthier future for school children

● Demonstrated leadership aptitude and effective communication skills

● Motivation and commitment to serve full-time directly in a community

● Self determination in the face of challenges and solutions-oriented creativity

● Respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and background

● Display a growth mindset by willing to grow through coaching and implementation of feedback ● Knowledge of the culture, history, and/or language of the communities we serve

● Desire to gain hands-on experience in food education


To be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

• Be 18 years or older by the start of your service term

• Be a legal, permanent resident of the United States

• Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent at the start of service


Individual service positions differ by location. There may be additional requirements, such as language proficiencies and access to a vehicle, depending on the site to which you apply.

About the Company

Each year, FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps program, searches for its next round of leaders, including one working with Greater Newark Conservancy! The ideal candidate should believe that every child—no matter their race, place, or class—has a right to healthy food at school.

Apply By

In order to successfully complete your term of service, you must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours. The service duration is August 5, 2024 – July 4, 2025.


Apply through the FoodCorps website.


Contact Sarah O'Leary, Director of Family and Youth Education, for questions and to schedule a pre-interview: soleary@citybloom.org.


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