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AmeriCorps Food Literacy Instructor at Food Literacy Center - 1277

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AmeriCorps Food Literacy Instructor
Food Literacy Center
Sacramento, CA
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Want to be a Food Genius? We’re looking for dynamic change-makers ready to roll up their sleeves, throw on a vegetable costume, and inspire kids to eat their vegetables! AmeriCorps members will become certified Food Geniuses while working hands-on to teach cooking and taste vegetables with elementary school kids. 
We’re looking for energetic folks with a positive attitude and a can-­do spirit. We want team players who can also independently problem-solve. Most of all, we’re looking for dynamic, bright people who are ready to dedicate a year of their lives to advancing food literacy education in under-served, low-resource public schools.
Food Literacy Center seeks candidates to fill ten full-time (average 40 hours/week) and twenty part-time (average 20 hours/week) AmeriCorps positions. This is a 10-month appointment with a 1700-hour (full-time) or  900 hour (part-time) commitment. The position will begin September 1, 2016 and end June 30, 2017.

Food Literacy Center is a largely volunteer-run agency in a period of high growth and expansion throughout the Sacramento region. We believe food education should be fun. We teach kids to love foods that are good for them—and good for the planet. 
Food Literacy Center was founded in July 2011 to fill a critical gap: help children improve their knowledge, attitude, and behavior towards fruits and vegetables through community food education. We teach food literacy education to over 5,000 low-income K-6th graders annually, teaching them to cook, about nutrition and where their food comes from. We work in after-school programs to accomplish this work. 
Our mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. We teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, economy and environment. Our vision is to ensure every child has access to food literacy education.
Teaching children with our curriculum Your Sandwich Can Save the World! is our primary objective. We help kids develop healthy food habits while they are young, creating healthy lifestyles that will last a lifetime.

Food Literacy Center serves low-income public K­-6 schools in Sacramento, California. As a service member, you will serve a 10-month term and be trained as a certified Food Genius instructor to teach hands-on food literacy classes to students in grades K­-6. Sacramento public school district is a large, ethnically diverse district, with a high percentage of low-­income children and many English-­language learners.
Corps members must be committed to social justice and have cultivated cultural competence and humility. In addition, some students in these schools speak a variety of languages, including Spanish, Hmong, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Korean, as well as English.

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