The Fuel Your Future program is a nationally-recognized program that reduces hunger that transforms low-income schools into nutrition hubs for kids and families. As an FYF member, you and your cohort of 20 AmeriCorps members will develop programs where students have greater access to school meals, students receive strong nutrition education, and no kid is hungry.
Research shows that kids who eat breakfast have better attendance rates, do better in school, and are more likely to graduate. In King County, only 30% of students eat school breakfast, but through Fuel Your Future and introducing a Breakfast After the Bell model, participation skyrockets to 70% or higher. Beyond breakfast, the Fuel Your Future program has ambitious goals of serving one million summer meals, teaching 2,500 students nutrition education, and serving afterschool meals to over 10,000 students.
Your Role and What You Will Learn
- As an FYF AmeriCorps, you and a partner will be placed in a high-need school in King County and transform it (and the surrounding community) into a nutrition hub. Your work will include:
- Creating a proposal and making the case for Breakfast After the Bell to the school
- Planning and implementing Breakfast After the Bell in the school – thinking through how it impacts all stakeholders and problem-solving these barriers
- Teaching nutrition education curricula to students
- Establishing or expanding an after-school meals program
- Supporting and marketing for summer meals sites
- Hosting school family nights focused on nutrition
- Understanding and promoting SNAP, FreshBucks and other public benefits in the community
Through your term of service, you will become an expert on issues of childhood hunger, school nutrition programs, and anti-hunger resources available to the community. Along with this, United Way will provide professional development trainings on leadership, safety, public speaking, and other valuable topics.
Success in this role requires the commitment to do whatever it takes to ensure kids have access to healthy, nutritious food. This work sometimes requires difficult conversations, comfort with uncertainty, and a high degree of flexibility. For example, you will not know which school you will serve at until partway through training due to the school cycle and planning timeline. Many of our schools with the greatest number of hungry kids are located in the suburbs of King County in neighborhoods that can't always be easily accessed by transportation. Your willingness to press through some of these challenges will directly impact food security for hungry kids.
As a part of the broader Financial Stability team at United Way, your cohort of 20 direct service members will be connected to and learn alongside 140+ other United Way AmeriCorps members fighting poverty in our community.
- Passion to reduce poverty and end childhood hunger
- Available to work full-time from September 15th, 2016 to July 31st, 2017
- High level of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities, schedules and work environments
- Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Outgoing personality and strong presentation skills
- Ability to effectively represent United Way through written skills
- Ability to carry equipment up to 25 pounds
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
- AA Degree or two years of equivalent educational background/experience
- Experience working with schools or school districts
- Experience working with children or teens
- Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, Amharic or Tagalog
- Comprehensive understanding of systemic causes of poverty, racial inequities, and hunger
- Access to a car
Benefits to Joining this AmeriCorps Team
- AmeriCorps members serve at United Way for 10.5 months and receive a living stipend of $1,195 a month
- At the end of the service year, members are eligible to receive a $5,775 education award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.
- Comprehensive professional development through trainings and work experience
- Basic health insurance
- Forbearance of qualified student loans during service term and payment of interest on qualified student loans that are accrued during service term
- Chance to help solve the community’s toughest problems with a committed team and community volunteers
Follow the link on this page to submit a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please share your experience with community outreach or attracting support for a club or program. Please also explain why food security and/or anitpoverty work is important to you. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants. Please submit application material as soon as possible for consideration.