United Church of Rogers Park| Spring Garden Internship
In partnership with LETS GO Chicago
LETS GO Chicago is an organization that supports youth leaders as they engage community members and their peers in education and action to build a more sustainable, local food system on the north side of Chicago. We are currently seeking applications for three Spring Garden Internships at our Children’s Garden hosted by United Church of Rogers Park United Methodist Church. Your purpose as a intern will be to engage children between the ages of 5-12 in learning the basics of food production and gaining an understanding of the importance of good health and nutrition. In the process, interns will practice valuable life skills, gain knowledge about urban agriculture, and contribute to creating a positive atmosphere for children in the community.
Location: United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Avenue (2 blocks West of the Morse ‘L’ stop)
Type of Position: Internship, 12-15 hours/week
Application Deadline: April 6th, 2012 – Final applicants selected April 24th following interviews.
Program Dates: May 7 – June 8
Stipends: Internship is primarily intended as a learning experience for high school students. Need-based stipends of $360 each are available upon request.
To apply: Please fill out our paper application (available from your school office) or visit our website to download the application at http://www.letsgochicago.org/2012/03/19/springinternships/
To request a paper application to be picked up at United Church of Rogers Park (1545 W. Morse Ave.) , please contact Peter at 773-414-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT YOU GIVE
Spring Garden Interns will work as assistant teachers throughout the duration of our spring gardening and cooking classes, which run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from May 7 – June 8. General start time for interns is 3pm with responsibilities ending at 6pm each day. Students will come an hour early each day to review the curriculum and activities for the day as well as assist with set up and take down. With the potential of working with youth between the ages of 5 and 12, there will be times where ages are split into different groups to work on different projects. During those times, interns will get the opportunity to lead lesson plans and practice teaching their younger peers.
- Duties and Responsibilities:
- Attend scheduled gardening and cooking classes to assist teaching and help facilitate a focused outdoor classroom
- Arrive one hour early and plan to leave a half hour after the program ends each day
- Review curriculum daily before the class with the gardening instructor
- Take part in maintenance of the Children’s Garden space outside of class time on an as-needed basis
WHAT YOU GET
In exchange for participation, our leadership team will provide interns with focused instruction in the basics of plant propagation, harvesting, and storage. The Lead Garden Instructor will be available for question and answer at the end of each session and will make a concerted effort to help interns identify learning goals and guide them in achieving them. Interns are also welcome to attend an optional learning day on Tuesdays throughout the program for more in-depth study. In addition, Interns will be permitted to take home a small amount of fresh greens and vegetables to share with their family each week.