PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Kids Club-Youth Internship Coordinator
Backyard Gardeners Network is a Lower 9th Ward based nonprofit organization that uses the cultural tradition of food-growing in the Lower 9th Ward as a platform for community-building, neighborhood revitalization and cultural preservation. We operate two community gardens – the Ernst Community Garden and the Guerrilla Garden – and a garden resource center in the Lower 9th Ward. We offer free seeds and other supplies, tool lending, and garden plots for residents to grow.
In 2013, we launched a community programming series called Lower 9 Growing Strong at the Guerrilla Garden (one of our community gardens). In the Fall and Spring seasons, Lower 9 Growing Strong provides afternoon programming for children, adults and seniors that includes our Food As Medicine workshop series, our Super Saturday community parties, gardening workshops, and Kids Club (canceled this Fall).
ABOUT KIDS CLUB & YOUTH INTERNSHIP
BGN’s Kids Club is a weekly workshop series that engages neighborhood children between the ages of 5 and 13 years in gardening, art, history and cooking activities. The purpose of Kids Club is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to gain knowledge and appreciation of how food grows, how to prepare and eat fresh vegetables, how to be responsible environmental stewards and how they can make a meaningful contribution to their community. Kids Club is rooted in African and African-American history and culture, giving Black children more exposure to positive examples of who we are as a people.
A unique addition to Kids Club this Spring is BGN’s Youth Internship program. The Youth Internship is a season-long paid work experience for adolescents from 14 to 19 years old. This Spring, Youth Interns will be trained and gain practical experience in working with younger children at Kids Club. We believe that the combining of these two programs will result in a deeper learning experience for both the children and the youth, endearing them in a greater way to one another and to the land.
More information on Backyard Gardeners Network programming – www.backyardgardenersnetwork.org
Description of Kids Club-Youth Internship Coordinator:
The primary role of the Kids Club-Youth Internship Coordinator is to assist BGN staff with running our Spring Kids Club and Youth Internship Program smoothly and to ensure that program participants (children and teens) have a meaningful experience. In this role, you will be expected, above all, to serve as a good example to program participants. The Kids Club-Youth Internship Coordinator will be expected to actively practice A.R.T.P.A.I.R. – Accountability, Respect, Timeliness, Proactive-ness, Appropriateness, Integrity, and Responsibility.
Strong desire to work with young children and teens in a garden setting
Practical experience in working with young children and teens
General knowledge of gardening, art, history and cooking
Mature and responsible decision-making skills
Willingness to both learn and teach
Age and culturally appropriate communication skills
Appreciation and deep respect for African and African-American history and culture
Commitment to Backyard Gardeners Network’s mission and values.
Familiarity with Backyard Gardeners Network’s programs
Ability to travel to and from the Lower 9th Ward at least once per week
Ability to perform physical labor in an outdoor garden setting
Ability to work weekends
Participate in a 1-2 hour training on working with children at the garden
Assist with curriculum development, creating a calendar and identifying simple lesson plans for the Spring Kids Club workshop series
Assist with confirming Kids Club programming partners via email and/or phone
Assist with coordinating and leading a day-long training for our Spring 2017 Youth Interns on Saturday April 1st.
Assist with communications to youth interns throughout the season, mostly via text messages
Lead Kids Club with youth interns as assistants (with BGN Staff, but occasionally alone) every Saturday from 2pm to 5pm, arriving 30 minutes early to set up and 30 minutes after for clean up (if necessary), from April 8th through June 10th.
Lead 10-20 children in gardening, art, history and cooking activities, including a capstone public art project.
Guide youth interns in working with the children on a weekly basis, by setting a good example of leadership for them and by actively engaging them and directing them.
Take pics and post to social media regularly
Prepare for and participate in monthly 2-hour Group Evaluations with BGN staff and youth interns
Assist with coordinating youth intern trainings and field trips
Assist with planning and implementation of special events at the garden – Mother’s Day, Malcolm X Day, and Spring Closing Celebration & Awards Ceremony
Collect and record attendance data for Kids Club and Youth Internship on a weekly basis
Assist with tracking inventory and alerting supervisor when supplies are low
Assist with evaluating the program throughout and creating an evaluation report in late June or early July.
Weekly check-in meetings with Director either via phone or in-person
Job Timeline: March 1st through July 15th (with the option to continue working through August to assist with planning for the Fall)
Approximately 10 hours per week, depending on the needs. Most work will take place at the Guerrilla Garden (600 Charbonnet Street at Chartres in the Lower 9th Ward) on Saturdays. Planning and communications work takes place at home or another location of choice. Group Evaluations take place at BGN’s office (603 Forstall Street).
Kids Club-Youth Internship Coordinator reports to the Director.
This is a paid internship. You will receive:
– A $3800 payment, in monthly installments (paid the weeks of April 15, May 15, June 15, July 15, and August 1)
– A BGN t-shirt
– Access to the BGN Tool Lending Library and free seeds
– A small produce share, depending on what is grown this season
– Closing Dinner at Roux Carre’ with Staff and Youth Interns in June
– Deeper understanding of and engagement with the Lower 9th Ward community
A background check is required for this position.
Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume to BGN Director Jenga Mwendo at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions specific to the position that are not answered in this document or on our website (www.backyardgardenersnetwork.org), please feel free to email Jenga or call her at (504) 994-7745.