Jan 23, 2021Full time
VYDC - Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps MemberPROGRAM: VT Youth Development Corps members promote hope, justice, and wellbeing for all VT youth. Their service supports innovative initiatives at nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools that foster positive youth development and build resilience in youth, helping them avoid opioid misuse and other unhealthy behaviors. Website: VermontYouthAmeriCorps.org SITE: Spectrum is a leader in youth work, recognized locally and nationally for offering innovative best practice programs and services responsive to community needs in collaboration with community partners. Our clients are welcomed and respected and receive the support and resources they need to change their lives. Our organizational culture supports independent thinking, interdependent teamwork, mastery in our work, and passion for positively impacting people's lives. Our programs include a Burlington and St Albans Drop-In Center, Supported Housing, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Counseling, Mentoring, Case Management, Recovery Coaching, and Violence Intervention. We work closely with the Pearl Street Youth Clinic, which is a part of the Community Health Centers of Burlington. The VYDC-Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member serves in our Saint Albans Drop-In Center, the access point for clients in Franklin County, which provides basic needs, including food, clothing, hygiene items, shower, laundry, etc. Youth can use the computers in the space, assisted by the member, to apply for jobs, housing, health benefits, etc. The member builds trust and relationships with our clients and members discuss a variety of difficult topics (e.g., substance abuse disorder, mental health issues, trauma) while always remaining client-focused, empathetic, and positive. Located in St Albans, VT. Visit for more info.Member Duties : The VYDC-Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member serves at our St Albans Drop-In Center providing all things related to food, meals, and the kitchen. The member-(1) plans meals, grocery shops, manages food donations & the Meal Train; (2) organizes & maintains kitchen; (3) cooks & serves food to youth; (4) plans & implements healthy cooking, nutrition, & food prep class for youth. (5) manages kitchen volunteers and strives to increase the number of volunteers & meal donations; (6) coordinates the Drop-In space, providing supportive engagement and referral services to youth; (7) plans & engages youth in physically healthy activities (hiking, basketball, etc.); and (8) builds community partnerships that maintain food access for those impacted by COVID-19. Knowledge of healthy food preparation, nutrition, and kitchen safety required. Travel: local & monthly to Montpelier for AmeriCorps training; valid license. Send cover letter, resume, & contact info for 3 references. Minimum Age 22.Program Benefits : Living Allowance , Education award upon successful completion of service , Professional development , Training .Terms : Permits attendance at school during off hours , Car recommended , Permits working at another job during off hours .Service Areas : Housing , Hunger , Community Outreach , Public Safety , Education , Health , Homelessness , Children/Youth , Community and Economic Development .Skills : Social Services , Community Organization , Counseling , Education , Teaching/Tutoring , Public Health , Environment , Writing/Editing , Youth Development , Team Work , Conflict Resolution , Public Speaking , Leadership , Fine Arts/Crafts , Disaster Services .