Mission Thrive Summer (MTS) is Baltimore-based non-profit The Institute for Integrative Health’s five-week summer work, earn, and learn program for Baltimore City public high school students. Teens practice teamwork, healthy habits, and job skills while working on Civic Works' Real Food Farm (an eight-acre sustainable urban farm). Activities include daily cooking of healthy dishes with farm produce, learning yoga and basic fitness routines, professional development and planning and facilitating events, including a health expo for the community.
Who We Are Seeking:
We are seeking four vibrant, dedicated Crew Leaders with a strong interest in community health and youth development to assist with creating a transformative experience for our participants. We hold high expectations for our teen participants and expect our Crew Leaders to be strong role models and mentors that promote healthy living and positive work ethic. While our program focuses on nutrition, cooking skills, agriculture, and mindfulness, we do not require that Crew Leaders are experts in all realms, only that candidates are open to learning and engaging along with the participants.
Position Responsibilities include but not limited to:
The Mission Thrive Crew leaders will:
Attend an 80-hour Crew Leader Training two weeks prior to the start of the program
Lead a small crew of teen participants throughout the five-week program, directing and assisting participants with farming tasks, including planting, weeding, and harvesting
Direct and assist participants with cooking tasks, including healthy meal preparation and clean up
Lead and participate in mini-lessons about the food system, nutrition, food justice, resume writing, interviewing skills, and life skills
Lead and enthusiastically participate in team building games with participants
Assist participants with planning end-of-summer external events
Assist staff with upholding community standards and provide input on participant evaluations
Participate in weekly city-wide field trips with the entire group
During all activities, including group activities and fieldwork, Crew Leaders are responsible for the safety and well-being of the crew. Training in First Aid and restorative practices will be provided.
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM –8:50 AM Announcements and Morning Activity
8:50 AM –9:00 AM Moving to Stations
9:00 AM –11:30 AM Farming / Nutrition
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM Transition and Preparation
12:10 PM – 1:15 PM Thrive Lab
1:15 PM – 1:50 PM Crew Rotations (Mindfulness, Straight Talk, Reflections, Clean Up)
1:50 PM – 2:30 PM Hawkeye, Shout Outs, Announcements
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Wrap Up Meeting (Crew Leaders Only)
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Planning with Crew Leaders—depart
*Fridays are Field Trip Days
High school diploma or equivalent
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Experience working with teenagers, both formally and/or informally
Ability to serve independently and collaboratively
Ability to work outside and perform physical labor in the summer heat
Has an interest in leading and motivation among a group of teens
Be dependable, organized, flexible, and has a sense of humor
Be an excellent role model for community behavior and job performance standards
A strong interest or working towards an education, environmental/social/health science, nutrition, or culinary degree are preferred
This is a full time, paid position from June 17, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with a subject heading of “Crew Leader Application 2019”. All applications must address one of the following prompts in cover letter:
a) Describe a specific experience you have had as a role model or how you were a positive influence in someone’s life.
b) Describe the role of food, nutrition, fitness/yoga, mindfulness and/or health in your life.
c) Describe how being a Mission Thrive Crew Leader fits in to your long term career goals.
Submission deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019. Interviews will begin in April.