• Hunger Action Corps: Youth Program Specialist

    Internship Locations US-IL-Chicago
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Position purpose:
    In Cook County, youth are among the most vulnerable to food insecurity.  1 in 6 children in Cook County do not know when or from where their next meal will come.  Hunger amongst children has long-lasting effects—increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, headaches, stomachaches, and colds, and the number of children in Illinois who qualify for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program has been on the rise.  In response to the need, the Food Depository collaborates with area schools, after-school programs and summer programs to provide food for children. 


    Duties & responsibilities:
    Four full-time AmeriCorps will work alongside the Programs Team to plan and execute programming targeting youth who face food insecurity. The Food Depository currently serves youth through the Healthy Student Market school-based pantry program, after-school programs, and the Lunch Bus summer feeding initiative.  Hunger Action Corps members serving in this capacity will play a critical role in the development of programs aimed at alleviating hunger among children in Cook County, and providing additional resources for those in our community most vulnerable to hunger.

    • Develop in-depth knowledge of youth programs at the Food Depository and Cook County and stay up-to-date on the latest developments.
    • Ensure that activities are tracked and recorded as needed for program evaluation and reporting to partner agencies.
    • Identify areas of Cook County experiencing high food insecurity rates and minimal resources, and recruit new sites with the ability to coordinate a feeding program.
    • Train program sites and provide ongoing capacity building support to ensure they are in accordance with organizational, USDA, and ISBE food service standards.
    • Provide administrative assistance to programs to ensure they are compliant with USDA and ISBE regulations
    • Work as part of a cross-functional team that is developing and implementing strategies to strengthen communities and address the root causes of hunger.



    • Some college experience preferred, or 2+ years of relevant experience in social services, community outreach, or project management
    • Experience with community outreach preferred, but not required
    • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
    • Strong interpersonal & customer service skills required, with an ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically
    • Strong problem-solving skills required, with an ability to think creatively to resolve issues
    • Good organizational abilities required, with an ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and projects
    • Typing proficiency and an intermediate skill level in MS Office applications
    • Ability to learn new databases
    • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
    • Members must have access to a working vehicle and valid insurance, as regular travel throughout Cook County is required


    Working conditions:

    • This role requires travel done in a personal vehicle (travel expenses are reimbursable): approximately 10% of a member’s time will be spent in the field, and 90% of their time will take place in the office. Members must be comfortable traveling to rising communities throughout Cook County.
    • Members will serve full-time (40 hours per week, not including meal/break times).
    • Members may occasionally interact with individuals who are experiencing mental illness.


    Physical requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Hunger Action Corps members to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


    • Physical Activity:
      • Manual dexterity to use computer, mouse, telephone, and other standard office equipment.
      • Light work: exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
    • Visual:
      • Close visual acuity (with correction) to read needed work documents, papers, and computer terminal.
      • Visual acuity (with correction) to operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of site visits.
    • Other:
      • Verbal skills – member must be able to communicate with others in person and over the phone.



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