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VYDC – Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member
PROGRAM: The fulltime & part-time members of the VT Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps State Program (VYDC) implement diverse youth initiatives, fostering positive development & building resilience to help youth avoid opioid misuse & other unhealthy behaviors, transcend the effects of COVID-19, and the gain academic, social, & job skills needed to thrive. Website: SITE: Spectrum Youth & Family Services is a leader in youth work, recognized locally and nationally for offering innovative best practice programs and services responsive to community needs in collaboration with community partners. Clients are welcomed and respected and receive the support and resources they need to change their lives. Spectrum’s culture supports independent thinking, interdependent teamwork, mastery in our work, and passion for positively impacting people’s lives. Our programs include a Burlington and St Albans Drop-In Center, Supported Housing, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling, Mentoring, Case Management, Recovery Coaching, and Violence Intervention. We work closely with the Pearl Street Youth Clinic, which is a part of the Community Health Centers of Burlington. The VYDC-Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member serves in our Saint Albans Drop-In Center, the access point for clients in Franklin County, which provides basic needs, including food, clothing, hygiene items, shower, & laundry. The member, while remaining client-focused & empathetic, –1) assists youth in applying for jobs, housing, and health & other benefits; 2) builds trust and relationships with youth; and 3) discusses & provides information about important subjects (e.g., substance misuse disorder, mental health, trauma, and wellbeing). COVID-19: Among youth, the pandemic increased food insecurity, struggles with socialization due to the hybrid schooling model, and strain on families from more time spent at home. Service helps to reverse these impacts.
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Member Duties : The VYDC-Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member serves at our St Albans Drop-In Center focusing on food security, activities, & support for youth, including – (1) plans meals, grocery shops, manages food donations & the Meal Train. (2) organizes & maintains kitchen. (3) cooks & serves food to youth. (4) plans & implements healthy cooking, nutrition, & food prep class for youth. (5) manages kitchen volunteers and strives to increase the number of volunteers & meal donations. (6) coordinates the Drop-In space, providing supportive engagement and referral services to youth. (7) plans & engages youth in physically healthy activities (hiking, basketball, etc.). (8) builds community partnerships that maintain food access for those impacted by COVID-19. Knowledge of healthy food preparation, nutrition, and kitchen safety required. Minimum Age 22. Travel: local & monthly to Montpelier for AmeriCorps training; valid license. Send cover letter, resume, & contact info for 3 references.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Professional development ,  Health Coverage ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training . 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Homelessness ,  Housing ,  Public Safety ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Environment ,  Counseling ,  Public Health ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Social Services ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Disaster Services ,  Youth Development . 
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VYDC – Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member

Program Start/End Date
09/01/2021  -   08/31/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  22    Maximum:  None

Program Locations VERMONT  


Accepting Applications
From  06/11/2021  To  10/31/2022 

Contact Danielle Shaw
223 Lake St
Saint Albans   VT   05478

Listing ID 100382