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Youth Engagement Facilitator
One year contract: March 2017 – February 2018.
School Grown is a schoolyard farming social enterprise that provides paid jobs and school credits for high school youth. We grow at three high schools Bendale BTI, Heydon Park SS, and Eastdale CI. For more information on our program, please visit: http://foodshare.net/program/schoolgrown/
Working with the School Grown Senior Coordinator, lead the youth engagement and education aspects of the School Grown program. Provide ongoing mentorship, support and training for youth working with School Grown. Support youth in achieving their self-determined goals (finding employment, going to school, starting their own community project). Develop and facilitate food justice workshops and food systems field trips, as well as coordinate workshops with visiting chefs and other FoodShare staff. Lead the Farmers Market shifts; ensuring youth staff have the training and support to be successful. Connect youth to job opportunities in our network of restaurant clients.
Detailed Job Description:
- Supervise and support high school youth in daily tasks and activities across all three School Grown high school sites (including in-class garden education during the school day, part-time paid jobs after school, and full-time employment in the summer). This includes supervising field work, harvest days, and kitchen classes.
- Teach as you work alongside students in the garden – engage in conversation and informal lessons about food systems, food justice, and emergent questions.
- Lead the development of educational programming for youth using existing program curriculum. Facilitate workshops, and coordinate workshops facilitated by visiting chefs and other FoodShare staff (scheduling workshops, booking space, securing materials/ingredients needed).
- Coordinate and supervise shifts at the farmer’s market (June – October) which includes mentoring youth and supporting them in handling cash, merchandising produce, and delivering friendly customer service. This includes some evenings and weekend work.
- Communicate with teachers at our School Grown locations to connect their curriculum-linked class time with the market gardens on-site. Support teachers in incorporating food literacy and food justice into their teaching (ie. sharing existing resources, thinking of lesson plan ideas, brainstorming an engagement strategy).
- Work with Guidance staff at School Grown sites to ensure on-going support for School Grown students – share job or program opportunities for youth.
- Connect with Restaurant clients and Chef partners about possible job opportunities for School Grown students, help to make employment connections for youth.
- Engage students in general on-site market garden tasks, working alongside youth while: Prepping garden beds for planting, weeding, seeding and transplanting seedlings, watering and setting up irrigation, harvesting and processing produce, helping to maintain our compost system.
- Make deliveries to local restaurants.
- Capacity and passion for supporting youth with their personal and professional self-determined goals
- Great people skills (good at delegating tasks, helping people feel valued, energizing groups, keeping people happy when its 30 degrees and about to rain on a harvest day…)
- Demonstrated respect for youth culture, knowledge and lived experiences
- Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and individuals who have experienced marginalization.
- Strong communication and organizational skills, great attention to detail
- Good computer skills (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, design work, emails and internet)
- Knowledge of food justice and urban agriculture
- Willingness to do physical work outside (rain or shine!)
- Hold a valid Ontario Drivers License
- Background in education, community development, youth leadership an asset
Please note that the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check, Food Handler’s Safety certification and Emergency First Aid certification. FoodShare will cover the cost of these certifications.
This is a one-year contract.
Pay rate: $36,000 annually plus benefits.
Please send applications to Human Resources – firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on Friday March 10, 2017.
FoodShare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status or any other legally-protected factors
If you feel you need accommodation because of illness or disability, please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at 647-770-7602 or 416-363-6441 ext. 272 or by email – email@example.com at your earliest convenience. You will also be briefed on FoodShare’s policies regarding accommodation and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Please note that only candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted.