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.
Youth and Schools Manager at Growing Hope
Jeff has dedicated his post-college career to advocating for and partnering in building healthier communities across Michigan, serving with AmeriCorps VISTA in Traverse City and FoodCorps for two years in Flint. In his newest role at Growing Hope, a nonprofit in Ypsilanti that aims to improve the well-being of community members through gardening and healthy food access, Jeff continues this work by partnering with Ypsilanti schools in farm to school efforts. He conducts gardening and nutrition lessons with students, develops leaders in the food movement through a teen mentor program, and helps to build an educational space for field trips on an urban farm. Jeff sees the impact of his work as kids line up in anticipation to ride the bike blender and make fresh, local fruit smoothies, and as teens in his program encourage their families to try new recipes with fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Without FoodCorps I would not have the skills and knowledge to work with youth and the community to work together and make a change. These may be small changes, but they incrementally build towards a larger impact in our world today.”
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 across the state. 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, supporting 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, policymakers, academics, and farmers—for which I am incredibly grateful.”