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2022 Garden and Market Associate
This Garden and Market Associate will be hosted by the Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC) located in the Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. GPCC 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 VISTA positions. Learn more about the program on Housing Action’s website. The Garden and Market Associate 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 GPCC seeks AmeriCorps members who display a commitment to racial equity and inclusion.
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Member Duties : Member duties will include working with gardeners, food businesses and GPCC staff to grow and share more local food with Garfield Park residents. Members will help build the capacity of the Garfield Park Garden Network to grow more food for neighbors and the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, improve garden spaces, harvest, and prepare produce with team members and volunteers. At the market, members will engage local food vendors and customers and contribute to measurement and evaluation tools. Members will also contribute to the planning and execution of related food security projects and community events, including the expansion of the market to include pop-up events and a mobile produce cart. Members will work alongside local teen interns through the Youth Garden Corps and serve as role models for the program. Finally, members will create outreach and promotional materials to increase visibility of local gardens and wellness programs for community residents.
Program Benefits : Training ,  $300 Housing Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Public Health ,  Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Environment ,  Social Services ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2022 Garden and Market Associate

Program Start/End Date
06/06/2022  -   08/15/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2022  To  06/06/2022 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
4215 W Washington Blvd
Chicago   IL   60624

Listing ID 109831