Description of Work
Under the supervision of the Food Innovation District, be a community outreach. Represent Rainier Beach Action Coalition in its efforts to develop a culture of nurturing and empowerment of residents of the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Working closely with program managers (Corner Greeter Coordinator, Food Justice Organizer) and Beach 5s, engage residents about safety, well-being, healthy practices, food justice, and environmental equity. Reach out to community through youth-led programming activities and recruit stakeholders to get involved in the Food Innovation Center development and other Food Justice efforts.
Activities include: Corner Greeters, Beach Fresh, Farm Stand and other community building activities such as business outreach, partnership development, community dinners or nutrition classes.
- Participate in RBAC events implementation to support outreach
- Engage residents in sharing cultural culinary heritage through recipes and traditions
- Capture and report ongoing RBAC Food Justice activities
- Promote events and involve community in participating through live broadcast and YouTube stories.
- Lead team building, use of social media tools and academic & personal support
- Develop culturally appropriate strategies to engage Rainier Beach residents around their well-being
- Support RBAC’s managers in communicating and engaging young people in RBAC’s programming, training and employment opportunities
- Improved residents’ participation to RBAC’s activities, including quarterly Town Halls
- Planning Meetings and discussions/circles (typically once or twice per week)
- Coordination with Corner Greeters, Beach 5s, Clean Crew, YATTA Rising, Zero Waste prevention
- Beach Fresh weekly dinners
- Weekly operation of Summer seasonal Farm Stand
- Increased youth participation in program opportunities (professional development, employment opportunities)
- Active social-media presence
- Increase in residents’ participation in RBAC activities
- Increased awareness of healthy food and health related issues
- Increase knowledge of food systems and historical & institutional barriers to healthy food
- Increase the number of community-building or improvement initiatives in which youth participate and provide leadership in partnership with community organizations.
- Increase advocacy for public safety, healthy food and environmental equity
- Have direct relationship to South Seattle, ideally Rainier Beach
- Have demonstrated ability working in diverse community & cross-generationally
- Have demonstrated ability to work creatively towards a shared goal
- Have experience engaging community and supporting residents’ participation
- Have experience working with youth and young adults
- Have experience leading youth leadership and development program
- Interest in food security, cooking, nutrition and general well-being
- A friendly personality
- Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Computer skills, including video editing and social media
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
- Time-management skills
- Ability to repeatedly lift 30lbs throughout the day and work on your feet
4-5 days per week, to a minimum of 30 hours per week
Program Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate: (1) must not have previously resigned from a LISC AmeriCorps position; (2) be able to earn at least 75% of the education award for this position; and (3) if having previously served, been exited with satisfactory service from a prior term.
The candidate will also need to meet all AmeriCorps eligibility requirements including but not limited to:
- Be between 17 and 25 years of age
- Possess unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by AmeriCorps during the pre-enrollment period
- Meet the National Service Criminal History Check Requirement noted below
National Service Criminal History Check Requirement
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make him/her/them ineligible for service. LISC does not disclose any results with the host site and will discuss any eligibility concerns that may arise directly with the candidate as per LISC’s policy.
Candidates being offered and accepting this AmeriCorps position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, State Level Criminal History Search, and an FBI search. LISC should receive the results from all checks at least one week prior to the first day of proposed service. The person must be cleared for service by LISC prior to the first day of service.
A candidate may not be considered eligible for service in instances where he/she/they: (1) are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW); and/or (2) has been convicted of murder; and/or (3) has a non-resolved/non-adjudicated criminal offense.
Upon successful completion of the full term of service, the member will be eligible for a $6,195 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place qualifying, existing student loans (not in default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $25,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required. A health care benefit is available for the participant only. For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).