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Healthy Lunch, Healthy Lives: School Meals Reform in Sitka
We aim to alleviate poverty in Southeast Alaska by expanding Pacific High School’s unique student-scratch-made lunch program into breakfast, after school snack, and summer meal programs serving low income children throughout the Sitka School District. The volunteer will develop new resources and leverage existing resources to create an integrated program to include local food sourcing, farm-to-school, educational, and student employment components. Good nutrition is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty— it is indisputably linked to long-term physical and emotional health, as well as education and employment success. Now we have the opportunity to expand our program into new school food markets, expanding our reach beyond PHS and bringing fresh, local, healthy and delicious food to low income students of all ages in Sitka. In creating this program, we both meet immediate nutritional needs and develop skills so that students may better meet their own needs in the future. PHS is a small alternative school of choice located in Sitka, Alaska. Founded in 1992, PHS serves youth ages 14-21 at risk of dropping out. Students work toward a high school diploma and to acquire the skills necessary to live a successful life. At any given time, about 35 students attend PHS, but over 50 students pass through our doors each year due to high transiency rates. A majority of PHS students are Alaska Native, and most are eligible for free or reduced lunch, with 25-50% experiencing homelessness and 15% pregnant or parenting. _____Please apply online by August 15, 2014. Candidates will be contacted for interviews in late August and final selection will happen by mid-September. The successful candidate will attend training and begin service on Nov 18, 2014. **Benefits include: Monthly living allowance ($1178), relocation costs ($0.34/mile up to $1000) and settling in allowance ($550), health benefits, child care assistance, training, and an Education Award ($5,645).
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Member Duties : The PHS VISTA volunteer will focus on five main tasks: 1. Develop federally-compliant menus and complementary documentation for school breakfast at PHS and snacks for the District-wide after school program, 2. Develop preparation and distribution systems for these two programs using existing and/or newly developed resources, 3. Work with District staff and direct service Americorps volunteers to improve and expand existing breakfast programs in other SSD schools, 4. Adapt the PHS lunch menus and documentation for summer food purposes, and 5. Develop new resources to make summer food service a reality.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
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Service Areas :
Health ,  Hunger ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Entrepreneur/Business . 
Skills :
Public Health ,  Leadership ,  Youth Development ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Conflict Resolution ,  General Skills ,  Social Services . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Healthy Lunch, Healthy Lives: School Meals Reform in Sitka

Program Start/End Date
11/18/2014  -   09/20/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ALASKA  


Accepting Applications
From  05/21/2014  To  08/13/2014 

Contact Sarah Ferrency
509 Lincoln St
Sitka   AK   99835

Listing ID 48535