FoodCorps service members implement hands-on programming every day, often in nonprofit settings. With that experience in hand, they are prepared to hold leadership positions in nonprofits, guiding the strategic and administrative direction of programs much like the ones they implemented through their service. Many alumni go on to become leaders at their own service sites, partner organizations, and beyond.
This year we are hosting our inaugural multi-month distance learning institute for alumni and service members interested in this career path. The program will cover the primary functions of nonprofits and how to become a competitive applicant in the field.
Community Agriculture Program Director, Athens Land Trust
Stephanie has more than fourteen years of experience in youth development, including advocacy for marginalized youth and families in need, as well as experience in community-based outreach and education. Prior to becoming the Community Agriculture Program Director, Stephanie served two years as a service member in Boston, MA and then two years as a fellow in Atlanta, GA. In her current role, she supervises Athens Land Trust’s community agriculture programs, which contribute to the development of more just and equitable local food systems through increased healthy food access and food-based learning and economic opportunities. Stephanie also participated in our South-Central Mid-Year Gathering as a career panelist.
Program Manager, Education Outside
Sparked by her studies in sociology at CUNY Brooklyn College, Kala served in Connecticut at Common Ground High School and New Haven Central Kitchen in 2012. She went on to work as the inaugural FoodCorps Fellow in California, where she supported service members from San Diego to Ukiah. Since her service with FoodCorps, she’s managed a restaurant and worked at Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Berkeley. She recently joined Education Outside, a nonprofit focused on outdoor elementary education, as a program manager where she works in organizational development and AmeriCorps management.
FoodCorps has provided me with copious opportunities to learn and grow, both during my service and afterwards. The organization was founded with care, and a diversity of perspectives, which has positioned them as a leaders in the field. Thanks to my time with FoodCorps, I’m now connected to a continuously growing group of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics, and farmers – for which I am incredibly grateful. – Kala Cuerington