Seeking AmeriCorps Members

Americorps circleThe Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) in partnership with Luther College is currently accepting applications for 2013-2014 AmeriCorps positions.

 

The AmeriCorps service members will join a team of enthusiastic people working in over 18 schools throughout Northeast Iowa to promote farm to school, active kids and school wellness.

 

Luther College is the host organization for the FFI AmeriCorps positions which are part of the Iowa 4-H Outreach program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  AmeriCorps members serve with youth development programs in communities across the state. Membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 17 and older.

 

 

On the ground, members will assist with school gardens, conduct nutrition and health education, and coordinate and train others to be leaders in this work.  Members will deepen the understanding for students, teachers and staff about the benefits of growing and consuming healthy, green, affordable food and being physically active.

 

 

With coaching, members will become a resource for school wellness committees in three or four different communities and provide active programming that infuses healthy living into school culture.

 

AmeriCorps members can live in any community in the six-county region: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Winneshiek.  When not working in their community, members can expect to work from the Environmental Studies department at Luther College where they will have office space including a desk, computer and phone and will be able to connect with other folks doing similar service.

 

Service members receive a modest living allowance, travel reimbursement and an education award which can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service.  The term of service is September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014.

 

Luther College is currently accepting applications until positions are filled.  Please submit an electronic letter of interest and a résumé highlighting experiences and rationale to Emily Neal, Director of School Outreach at Luther College at nealem01@luther.edu or find application info online at www.iowafoodandfitness.org.

 

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