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Common Threads State-Wide Food Education Corps
 
 
 
When kids eat better, they learn better, act better and feel better. Eating habits formed when children are young are strong indicators of lifelong eating behaviors. Making healthy food the easy, accessible, and joyful choice for children increases the likelihood of them making healthy food choices as they age, and decreases the likelihood of food related illness such as obesity and diabetes. Many children across Washington State do not eat a healthy enough diet, which in turn negatively impacts multiple areas including children’s health, behavior, and ability to learn in school. The Statewide Food Education Mega-Team will connect kids to healthy food from seed-to-table through growing, preparing, and eating healthy food. Corps members applying to be part of this new statewide initiative will have the opportunity to apply to serve at one or more of the service sites across the state. While Common Threads is the organizational “host” of this team, partners with whom you may choose to serve include the Lower Columbia School Gardens, Walla Walla Farm to School, Coupeville Farm to School, Farmer Frog, Oxbow Farm, and the Thurston County Food Bank. Each site will lead their own recruitment efforts. If you’re interested in being considered for multiple sites, make sure to send a cover letter and resume to each site at which you wish to be considered for service. The interventions will vary somewhat from site to site, but common activities across all of our partner sites will include cooking and gardening with kids in either schools or community settings and engaging families through volunteer opportunities and community events. These positions are contingent on funding. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Do not delay in submitting your application.
 
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Member Duties : Food Educators are the “boots on the ground” that make it possible to connect kids to healthy food from seed to table. Each corps member will do some or all of the following (depending on service site): Lead garden lessons during Spring and Fall Lead cooking lessons during Winter Lead or support after school gardening and/or cooking clubs Lead camp-style programs during Spring Break and Summer Lead efforts to maintain/improve school gardens at assigned school(s) or community site(s) Assist with the recruitment, supervision, and appreciation of volunteers Collect and track data Support special events and other relevant food education opportunities for families as they arise Share stories of impact with words and photographs And will: Be passionate, committed and creative Have a solid background working with kids/teaching Have experience gardening, farming and cooking Love long hours, being outside in all weather, and be ready for curve balls from kids and adults!
 
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  A chance to make a positive difference ,  Health Coverage . 
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Uniforms provided and required . 
 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Environment ,  Conflict Resolution ,  gardening, farming, cooking ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Youth Development ,  Community Organization ,  Public Health ,  First Aid ,  Social Services ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Team Work . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps State / National

Program
Common Threads State-Wide Food Education Corps

Program Start/End Date
09/01/2018  -   07/15/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  99

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Languages
English
Proficiency in spanish a plus.

Accepting Applications
From  04/16/2018  To  07/15/2018 

Contact Laura Plaut
516 E North St
Bellingham   WA   98225
360-927-1590
laura@commonthreadsfarm.org
www.commonthreadsfarm.org
 
AmeriCorps

Listing ID 71272


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