California: Collective Roots seeks AmeriCorps Member

27 Oct
The Silicon Valley Health Corps Food System Change Agent will work at multiple sites to support Collective Roots in the engagement of an entire community in creating a food system that is healthy and environmentally sustainable. The Food System Change Agent works primarily on implementing innovative programs and activities designed to increase food access, improve health outcomes, and engage local community members in advocating for positive change. This position is 75% work with Collective Roots’ Food System Change Program Area and 25% work with the Garden-Based Learning Program Area.  
Food System Change Program Area work includes: (75% time)

1. Outreach and Support for Fresh Checks program (learn more about Fresh Checks here)

    • Working with partner agencies to outreach about Fresh Checks program  
    • Running promotional activities at community events to encourage more participants to get involved with Fresh Checks  
    • Brainstorming ways to outreach to EBT and WIC participants to increase participation  
    • Support the office management of the current Fresh Checks system and help facilitate transition to new system

2. Supporting Backyard Gardener Network in East Palo Alto

    • Visiting community members to interview gardeners, profile them on website  
    • Recruiting members to join, organizing programming (guest speakers, produce exchanges, social events)  
    • Contributing content to the website  
    • Obtaining materials and supplies to support the development of new backyard gardens using Free Cycle and Craigslist  
    • Providing gardening assistance and mentoring to members  
    • Attending community events and delivering community presentations to promote the network  
    • Reaching out to partner organizations, groups and residents to establish collaborations  
    • Creating and formatting promotional materials for the network  
    • Developing curriculum for and delivering garden based workshops, relating these workshops to nutrition, health, and economic empowerment

3. Supporting free nutrition and cooking classes

    • Working as a class assistant to nutrition and cooking courses in East Palo Alto, conducting courses in Spanish when necessary  
    • Promoting Operation Frontline courses and recruiting new members to courses  
    • Incorporating garden workshops into Operation Frontline courses

This position involves extensive out-of-office field work in the community and interaction with local residents. Interns will find language skills (Spanish, Tongan and/or Samoan) to be helpful.  
This position also allows for substantial creativity. There is incredible potential for food system change here in East Palo Alto: new parks can be equipped with community gardens; partnerships with job development programs can create green jobs and sustainable, locally grown food lines (think East Palo Alto Salsas, canned foods, jams and jellies, etc.); citizens can be gathered to create food policy councils (like those in Portland, Seattle, and Oakland); demonstration gardens can breed local and native varieties and make them available in East Palo Alto. The opportunities are vast. A candidate with big visions and strong work ethic will thrive in this exciting, evolving position!  
Garden-Based Learning Program Area work includes: (25% time)

1. Support Garden-Based Education at Collective Roots’ multiple school sites

    • prepare for and implement garden, environmental, nutrition and food curriculum in programs for K-5, middle and high school grades;  
    • support the garden programs by helping with class planning and preparation  
    • Assistance with garden maintenance, tool and materials maintenance and other organization;  
    • document programs for the Collective Roots website and e-newsletter;  
    • create and document curriculum for educational programs;  
    • assist with projects to maintain and improve the garden and garden programs.  
    • assist with monthly Saturday garden work day

Member Eligibility  
To be eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps, an individual must:  
• be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States  
• be at least 17 years old;  
• have a high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain one while serving;  
• submit to and clear a criminal background check  
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to both and The latest possible start date for this position is November 18th, 2010.  
Equal Opportunity Employer  
Collective Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such we value diversity and actively solicit qualified applicants from all ethnic and racial backgrounds. Our board-adopted policy prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, political affiliation or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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