Youth Program Director

Youth Program Organizer

Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation
Consultant Description

NEBHDCo is seeking a talented, passionate, and dedicated individual for the consultant position of Youth Programs Organizer, to play an important role in raising the excellence and expanding the breadth of youth programming at NEBHDCo. This programming is a part of the Communities for Healthy Food Program at NEBHDCo, a food justice project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Job Summary
The Youth Programs Organizer will be responsible for the development of educational materials and administration & facilitation of all youth programs. The Youth Programs Organizer will work under the supervision of & reports directly to the Community Healthy Food Advocate (CHFA).

About NEBHDCo, Communities for Healthy Food, and Youth Programs
Established in 1985, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation (NEBHDCo) is committed to the preservation, development and management of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities; community and economic development initiatives and human services that effect social change in Central and East Brooklyn. NEBHDCo owns and operates 96 buildings comprising over 1,000 units of affordable housing. Our portfolio also includes 17 commercial storefronts and 8 gardens. Our Community Programs Department works across two broad areas: Healthy Food and Living, and Tenant and Community Supports. The Youth Programs Organizer works within the Healthy Food and Living program area.

Healthy Food and Living:
Golden Harvest Food Pantry, grand re-opening June 2014, in a beautiful new 2-story facility to provide: Emergency food distribution on the main floor, supermarket-style client choice model; Increased availability of and education about fresh produce, including from local sources; Demonstration kitchen, classroom and 3-station benefits center on the second floor.

Communities for Healthy Food Bed-Stuy, a food justice and food access initiative, with a holistic approach to bettering the food system in Bed-Stuy through five main program areas: Urban Gardens and Farms: Advocacy and Community Building; Culinary and Nutrition Knowledge Sharing; Retail Work; Good Food Jobs.

Youth Programs at NEBHDCo
We believe that young people should have the opportunity to participate in their community and be seen and heard. Our youth programs empower young people to take action for change on food system and related issues on the local, regional, and even national level. We do this by taking time to explore the current food system, visioning what it could be, develop skills to grow and prepare their own food, and finally, to engage in projects to improve the food system.

In 2014, we started two new programs for teenagers: FEEST (Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team) and the TurnUp Garden Youth Internship Program.

Starting summer 2016, we have combined these programs to involve more teens, add more program hours, and deepen the curricula to increase youth leadership and involvement in food justice work. We’re calling this the Growing Youth Power Project. A 2-tiered program introduces new participants to urban farming, food justice, cooking from scratch, and job skills through a 5-week summer program. These new participants are led by two adult facilitators and peers participating in a new 7-week advanced track. The advanced track goes deeper into skills introduced in the beginner track, building new skills in leadership, workshop design and facilitation, and peer engagement. Food grown in the summer programs is donated to our Golden Harvest Food Pantry, increasing access to fresh and local produce in our neighborhood. During the school year, our FEEST leadership program recruits youth to co-lead monthly youth drop-in dinners and develop and design and implement food justice projects.

Job Duties
· Manage the creation of program materials such as flyers, applications, enrollment forms, etc.

· Coordinate the youth application process for all youth programs: collect and organize applications, interview youth, notifications, etc.

· Organize special events for youth programs – field trips, harvest festival, graduation, conferences, etc.

· Develop and revise curricula for all youth programs.

· Create an alumni program for aged-out program youth.

· Purchase and organize program materials.

· Work with a program evaluation consultant to implement program surveys and other data collection.

· Track and document program sessions with sign in sheets, notes, photos, & any other means deemed appropriate.

· Advise and assist the Food Justice Organizer with youth outreach.
· Design and co-facilitate summer and school-year programs according to program curricula.

· Design and co-facilitate monthly FEEST Dinners.

· Work with NEBHDCo’s farmer to coordinate farm work with youth.

· Work with Food Justice Organizer and school-year participants to design and implement food justice activism projects.

· Serve as a consistent and strong role model for all youth interns.

· Carry out program policies and amend when needed.

· Respond to and support the resolution of conflicts as they arise.

· Maintain effective relationships with youth and parents, communicating clearly and directly.

· Supervise youth work days, keeping youth engaged and creating a valuable work experience.
Experience, Skills, and Qualifications
· BS/BA, preferred, but not required. Major in political science, food studies, education, nutrition, culinary arts, or a related field.

· Candidate should be well versed in food systems and food justice issues.

· At least 2 years’ experience in community organizing and/or as an activist for food or social justice causes.

· Direct teaching experience is a must. Preferred background in popular and experiential education with strong facilitation skills using collaborative and participatory models.

· Excellent interpersonal, community building, public speaking, and conflict mediation skills.

· Excellent verbal and writing skills.

· An ability to teach a racial and economic justice analysis, especially as it relates to the food system.

· Ability to work independently and within a team structure.

· Must be able to do manual labor around our gardens and have a desire to work outside.

· Solid expertise with Microsoft Office and other industry-related software

· Ability to interact well with diverse community members, volunteers, and staff.

· Proven team player who assists others, asks for help when needed and possess the ability to work independently.
Work Hours, Employment Type, Compensation
This is a consultant position. A contract will be signed for a period proposed to end June 1, 2018. For the months of June through August, 2017, the Consultant will be compensated for approximately 35 hours per week. From September 2017 – June 1, 2018, the Consultant will be compensated for 19 hours per week. Compensation will be $25 per hour. Hours must be flexible to align hours with program needs. Evening and weekend hours should be expected.

To Apply
Email cover letter and resume by May 14, 2017 to:
Bianca Bockman, Community Healthy Food Advocate,
Please include “Youth Programs Organizer” in the subject line.

Education Intern and Teaching Assistant

Beyond Organic Design (BOD) <; is a sustainability education nonprofit that develops and implements learning programs, workshops, and presentations for public schools and communities..

The Urban Sustainability & Design Program (USDP) is the first of its kind to integrate permaculture, a systems-thinking approach to problem-solving and sustainable design, into STEAM education in a New York City school.  Building on the success of a small summer agriculture camp at Renaissance Charter School /in the summer of 2015, we work to create deep areas of exploration using the philosophy of permaculture, to show students how to use our rooftop garden as a springboard for global solutions.
Beyond Organic Design is seeking a reliable, compassionate, and knowledgeable teaching assistant to serve in our Urban Design and Sustainability Program at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights <; , Queens.  This student teacher will be working directly with two cohorts of 22 3rd-5th graders in one of the most diverse zipcodes in America, <; and will be facilitating the exchange of culinary, agricultural, and cultural knowledge in a multicultural urban context.  Beyond Organic Design prides itself in using an outwardly-focused experiential, project-based curriculum with our students to create real community impacts.

Set up classrooms 30 minutes before class sessions start, and clean up classrooms for 30 minutes after classroom sessions end.

  • Support lead teachers to co-develop curricula and materials for the UDSP Summer program.
  • Be able to lead small groups of kids in an activity, implement a lesson plan.
  • Document program through photography.
  • Organize and retrieve paperwork and forms from students, fill in paperwork tracking form.
    A reliable, punctual, and professional attitude appropriate for an educational setting.
    Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
    Interest in working with gardening, farming or permaculture.
    Interest working with children in a diverse educational setting.

Compensation: This is a volunteer position. An unlimited metrocard stipend will be made available.
HOURS: 8:30-11:30 to 12:30-3:30
Opportunity to obtain student-teaching hours or observation hours towards your teaching certification

  • Deepen knowledge of permaculture education
  • Learn how to write curricula and develop lesson plans
  • Receive mentoring from seasoned permaculturists and classroom teachers
  • Professional Development Opportunities through Department of Youth and Child Development
  • Field trips to Museums and Farms
  • Beyond Organic Design Retreat

To apply please email a resume and cover letter to   Interviews to be conducted the week of May 15th.
Christina Zawerucha, M.S.Ed. TESOL
ESL Instructor
Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute
Outreach and International Affairs
Blacksburg, VA
540-315-7059 (Google Voice #)


Applications are solicited ASAP for BPL’s Garden Educator position at Park Slope Library. The Garden Educator will help plan and implement the 2017 season of activities in the eight raised beds in the recently completed Park Slope Library garden, including planting and maintenance of the raised beds, hosting open gardening hours for the community to help garden, and planning and running educational activities and games related to the garden for children.

This person will work with Park Slope Library’s staff to make sure other activities in the garden, including regularly scheduled story times and play activities, complement the raised bed programs.

This position is funded through the end of September, for a maximum of ten hours a week. The exact schedule will be determined with the Garden Educator, though availability on Saturday mornings is preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities:

·        Working with Park Slope Library staff, plan a May to September program that utilizes the eight raised beds in Park Slope Library’s garden.
·        Host weekly “open gardening hours” for Park Slope community to volunteer in garden.
·        Actively care for the raised beds at Park Slope Library.
·        Assist with activities for local schools and daycares visiting the garden.
·        Working with Park Slope Library staff, plan and implement regularly scheduled programs for children and family in the garden.
·        Share developmentally appropriate gardening activities with families to encourage development and literacy.
·        Provide feedback to Park Slope Library on community involvement and participation, curriculum, books and materials, and conduct assessment surveys as needed.
·        Set up and clean-up program materials as necessary.
·        Communicate and collaborate on programming regularly with Park Slope Library staff.
·        Track number of participants and report numbers to Park Slope Library staff.
·        Report any problems to mentor or library staff overseeing the program.

Skills & Qualifications:

·        College-level studies or career experience in education, urban agriculture, nutrition, botany, or environmental or biological sciences.
·        Must have experience leading programs with children, in particular 3-5 year olds.
·        Gardening experience
·        Knowledge of early childhood development.
·        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
·        Ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed
·        This position will work primarily outside.

The candidate selected for this position will be hired on a contractual basis at the rate of $25 per our; maximum 10 hours per week, through September 30, 2017. Weekly schedule will be determined with Educator, Saturday morning and weekday day availability preferred. This position reports to the manager of Park Slope Library.

Interested and qualified applicants can submit a cover letter and resume to 

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