CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – VISTA PROGRAM FOCUSED ON FOOD JUSTICE & YOUTH LEADERSHIP! CT Food Justice Youth Corps
University of Connecticut Extension, in partnership with some of the most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations in low-income communities in Connecticut, is launching a three year CT Food Justice Youth Corps
(CT-FJYC) with five VISTA members in 2013-2014. This project is designed to strengthen programming and improve coordination among similar youth leadership programs seeking to empower youth (age 13-19) to create positive change in their food environment and improve access to healthy food. Project partners are: CitySeed/New Haven Food Policy Council, FRESH New London, Hartford Food System, North End Action Team in Middletown, and Windham Regional Community Council/UConn Extension in Vernon.
Member Duties : VISTA members will be placed in community-based nonprofits that are currently providing or building youth leadership programs with an emphasis on food justice. Each VISTA member will work to enhance existing youth leadership programming in five core areas: Dialogue – fostering conversations about food among youth in community; Assessment – understanding the current food environment, evaluating and measuring it, and helping youth to develop assessment skills about their community; Prioritization – setting an agenda for food system change based on dialogue and assessment; Action – converting vision and priorities into action; and Leading – influencing community youth by example. As a statewide program, the VISTA members will also work together as a team to share best practices in youth organizing and training among project partners. A capstone activity for VISTA members will be working together to coordinate a statewide Youth Leadership Convening in spring 2014.
VISTA member duties will vary to some extent depending on project partner.
Application Deadline – 5/24/13
Program Start/End: 08/05/2013 – 08/08/2014 Application Form:
Please contact Project Partners for more details:
FRESH New London
Arthur Lerner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hartford Food System
Martha Page <email@example.com>
Windham Regional Community Council/UConn Extension in Vernon Sally Milius <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Learn more about VISTA:
General contact about this call for applications:
Sustainable Food Systems
UConn Cooperative Extension
24 Hyde Avenue
Vernon, CT 06066