This Week at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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Job Opening at ANC: Youth Programs Coordinator

Allen Neighborhood Center’s Youth Programs Coordinator

Established in 1999, Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) is a hub for neighborhood revitalization and for activities that promote the health, safety, stability, and economic well-being of residents and other stakeholders in the northeast quadrant of Lansing, MI. ANC’s work in comprehensive and integrative community development has resulted in signature projects, such as the Hunter Park GardenHouse, in which Youth Service Corps and Take Root youth programs are organized. Our Youth Programs provide after school and summer programs—teaching job and life skills, nutrition and garden education. Take Root is a garden and nutrition education program for youth ages 5-10. Youth Service Corps is a job and life skills training program focused on food availability for youth ages 11-17. Specific Youth Service Corps projects include:

  • Garden-in-a-Box (2’x 2’ garden boxes installed for neighbors to grow their own food).
  • Edible Park (designated area of Hunter Park for neighbors to harvest herbs and fruit).
  • Park Cart (healthy snacks for sale in Hunter Park).
  • Fruit Tree Project (harvesting and redistributing fruit from registered neighborhood fruit trees).

Youth Programs Coordinator Activities

  • Collaborate with the GardenHouse Director to develop and promote robust youth gardening programs.
  • Facilitate youth gardening & nutrition education programs (Take Root & Youth Service Corps).
  • Develop Youth Programs by creating lessons on gardening, nutrition, and community service, tracking attendance and Youth Service Corps stipends, collaborating with parents and other organizations, planning field trips, creating recipes, and some grant writing.
  • Promote Youth Programs by creating outreach materials and scheduling outreach meetings.
  • Provide instruction/mentoring to Youth Program interns and volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 20-30 hours per week
  • High school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED within the year
  • Minimum of 18 year of age, US citizen or permanent resident status
  • Desire and ability to engage with a diverse group of youth of all ages, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to function independently and in a team environment
  • Knowledge and experience in gardening and nutrition education
  • Computer and organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Access to a vehicle for transporting youth program supplies
  • Grant writing experience a plus

Cover letter and resume due June 20, 2014.

Please send submissions to:

Rita O’Brien, Hunter Park GardenHouse Director                                                                                           Allen Neighborhood Center                                                                                                                   1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912                                                                                             517-999-3910;


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Today at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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Today at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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GardenHouse Plant Sale Event

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Apply for a Garden-in-a-Box!

















Applications available online, at Allen Neighborhood Center, and the Hunter Park GardenHouse.

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Upcoming (Food) Business Workshops at the Allen Market Place

Marketing and Branding Workshop for Small Businesses

Friday, May 9th 1-3PM at the Allen Market Place

Cost – FREE

Offered in partnership with the Capital Region Small Business Development Center, this free course will focus on practical applications of marketing concepts and basic tools, including: market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well-planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on techniques for food businesses.

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