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2021 Garden and Market Summer Associate
 
 
 
The Garden and Market Associates will work with the GPCC’s Wellness Initiative to increase healthy food and food security and interrupt the cycle of poverty on Chicago’s West Side. The Wellness Initiative aims to increase the health and wellness of Garfield Park residents, through the core offerings of the Garfield Park Garden Network and the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, as well as the Youth Garden Corps. GPCC is a community-building organization made up of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community. An ideal candidate for this position is someone who is a swift learner who can work on a variety of projects. This person needs to be able to work well with others, as well as with a diverse group of people including Garfield Park residents and organization staff. Experience with urban agriculture, social entrepreneurship, youth programming and research and data analysis, or community development is preferred but not required. Garfield Park is a primarily and historically African American community, and the GPCC seeks AmeriCorps members who display a commitment to racial equity and inclusion. This position is a part of the Housing Action AmeriCorps Network, an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps positions. Learn more about the program on Housing Action’s website.
 
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Member Duties : AmeriCorps member duties will include work with gardeners and food businesses and GPCC staff to grow and share more local food with Garfield Park residents. Primary tasks include: Build the capacity of the Garfield Park Garden Network to produce more food for neighbors and the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, working to improve garden spaces with team members and additional volunteers. Working with local growers, harvest and prepare produce for the Neighborhood Market and determine best practices for produce measurement, sales, and evaluation tools and implement and improve tools. Work with the local food vendors participating in the Neighborhood Market, aiding with communications and outreach before, during, and after markets. Work with local teen interns through the Youth Garden Corps to aid in training and garden and market projects. Develop communications and outreach materials with GPCC staff to increase outreach for local gardeners and for community residents.
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Entrepreneur/Business ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Public Safety ,  Technology ,  Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Business/Entrepreneur ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Public Health ,  Environment ,  Leadership ,  Youth Development ,  Team Work ,  Social Services . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
2021 Garden and Market Summer Associate

Program Start/End Date
06/07/2021  -   08/15/2021

Work Schedule Summer

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  03/21/2021  To  05/21/2021 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago   IL   60624
3128543372
vista@housingactionil.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 101909


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