The Harvest Kitchen project is Farm Fresh RI’s 20-week culinary and job-readiness training program for all youth open to the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) ages 16-19 years old. During the first 15 weeks, youth learn basic culinary arts skills and earn a Food Handlers industry certification. As part of their culinary training, youth create a line of high-quality preserved foods using ingredients sourced from local farms. Products made in the Harvest Kitchen are sold at local stores, farmers markets, and to customers through Farm Fresh’s Market Mobile local food distribution service. During the final five weeks of the program, youth participate in employment internships to further develop their job readiness and employable job skills.
Target Population/Anticipated Outcome
Currently Harvest Kitchen (HK) is able to serve 40 youth per year. The program goals are to stimulate the Rhode Island economy, provide an outlet for RI farmers to sell their B-grade produce, and deliver job training skills and culinary education to underserved teens. The Harvest Kitchen staff aims to foster favorable relationships with employers who provide employment and internship opportunities to our graduates to further their job readiness and employable job skills. We envision forging strong partnerships in the community that benefit farmers and provide healthy options for consumers, restaurants, and institutional food service buyers.
Purpose of Role
The Youth Job Trainer will support the HK Education Manager and HK Program Director in youth job training, youth attendance tracking, jarred product production, youth mentoring, in-class teaching, and organization of off-site field trips. The Youth Job Trainer will receive training on all aspects of the position and will receive additional mentoring and support from the Program Director and Education Manager. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with basic kitchen experience, experience working with youth, and a passion for the local food system.
Description of Duties
- Working closely with up to 16 marginalized youth in each session to teach, mentor, and build relationships resulting in confidence and skills to succeed both inside and outside of Harvest Kitchen
- Working with the HK Education Manager in teaching up to 16 youth each session, both in class and in the kitchen
- Processing up to 50,000 pounds yearly of B-grade produce into value-added products
- Working closely with internship sites to ensure both the site and the trainee are having as enriching an experience as possible, with the goal of having a site for each trainee
- Documenting youth attendance and progress reports
- Organizing up to 10 off-site trips for trainees
- Must have high school diploma/GED, college degree, or be working toward one (preferred but not required)
- Must be willing to undergo a National Criminal History Background Check
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Must be a US Citizen, U.S. National, or Permanent Resident and be able to provide documentation of citizenship
- Must uphold AmeriCorps state and national branding and uniform standards
- Basic cooking knowledge
- Excellent time-management skills
- Must be able to work Monday through Friday
- Must be able to build relationships with people from varied cultural, economic, educational, racial, and religious backgrounds
- Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team
- Must be able to bend and lift loads up to 50 pounds
- Must be a self-starter and have the ability to maintain a self-motivating attitude
- Must be able to collaborate and work as part of a team
- Must be able to think, react, iterate, and respond in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of assignments simultaneously in a vibrant work environment
- Experience with youth education and/or training preferred
- Knowledge of the local food system
- Excellent professional communication skills (written and verbal) preferred
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite preferred
- Spanish skills or other language skills are a plus
Terms of Service & Hour Requirements
AmeriCorps Direct Service Members must commit to a full 40-week, approx. 25 hour/week AmeriCorps full-time service term starting December 6, 2021— totaling 900 hours of service.
Primary working hours will be Monday-Friday 1:30-6:30pm
Members will be given the opportunity to fulfill all service hour requirements while also allowing for holidays and 25 hours of Paid Time Off (PTO). Missed hours can be made up on-site or off -site depending on supervisor approval. All Members must participate in AmeriCorps national, state, and local service projects as a part of their service term.
Orientation, Training & Evaluation
Members will receive one-on-one training on AmeriCorps program impacts, history, and prohibited activities as well as orientation to the local food system and food justice topics addressed by Farm Fresh RI programs. Training will not exceed more than 20% of the members total service hours completed.
All members will have opportunities for weekly one-on-one check-ins with supervisors as well as mid-service and end-of-service performance evaluations. Members will be responsible for submitting weekly timesheets and monthly program narrative reports.
- $9375.00 living stipend, divided and paid weekly
- $3097.50 Segal Education Award (upon completion of 900 hours of service)
- Student loan forbearance and interest payments, if the member qualifies
- Mileage reimbursement
- Professional development opportunities
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, and fighting poverty. Members commit to a fixed term of service and receive a weekly living allowance and end of service education award.
Members must commit to a one -year 900 hour term of service, starting on December 6, 2021. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
- To apply, please fill out our application here.
- No phone calls or drop-ins please.
Farm Fresh RI Foundational & Organizational OutcomesAs an organization, we feel it is important that all employees in all programs of Farm Fresh Rhode Island are expected to uphold the following outcomes in addition to their specific job responsibilities:
- Diversity, Inclusion, & Respect: All staff and volunteers are committed to equality in the workplace, demonstrate respect for each other and those we serve, and work to create a more equitable food system.
- Food Safety: Certifications are maintained and standard operating procedures are followed to ensure safe food handling at all times.
- Health & Safety: Staff, volunteers, and visitors are safe in our office, café, and at all program sites. Staff and volunteers feel safe and supported in the workplace.
- Food Systems Knowledge: All workers can speak about local, sustainable, and equitable food system development and understand how Farm Fresh RI programs address different aspects of these topics.
- Service Orientation: Staff and volunteers are helpful and respectful in all interactions with each other and with all constituents of all Farm Fresh RI programs.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment for all employees. We encourage enquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our organization. Farm Fresh RI does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment or programming. Farm Fresh Rhode Island is an Equal Opportunity Provider.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is an AmeriCorps grantee and receives funds as part of their State and National program, and to operate our VISTA program.