We’re looking for our next class of service members! Are you or someone you know planning to apply? Submit your application by April 1 to guarantee your application will be reviewed before any slots are filled.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to start your application yet, that’s OK, too! If you submit your application before April 15, your application will be received before the second round of interviews, giving you another chance to be considered.
“FoodCorps is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to work with communities to “connect kids to healthy food in school. Our vision: We are creating a future in which all our nation’s children––regardless of race, place, or class––know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day.“
FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of full time paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.
If you’re not applying but know someone who might be interested, forward them this email or the link below! But, hey, why not apply and be a part of the change!
Saga Education is a national nonprofit, founded in 2014 and aimed to confront educational inequity to support historically under-served schools and their students. Saga Education has dedicated itself to providing high-dosage, in-school tutoring in partnership with public high schools. Since our founding, Saga Education and our tutoring fellows have served over 12,600 students across Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C, and Broward County.
Nationwide, students are experiencing a significant interruption in their formal education due to COVID-19 and resulting school closures. While educators and students alike have many unprecedented challenges to overcome this upcoming school year, educators report that their top concern is students falling behind in math. This concern is heightened for educators in high poverty districts who teach predominantly black or Latinx students.
Now more than ever we need talented, caring, and capable people committed to supporting our students in their academic and social development. Finding academic interventions that address inequities that historically underserved students face is one of our nation’s most urgent challenges.
This week, we are celebrating National AmeriCorps Week by highlighting recent Middlebury graduates currently serving as AmeriCorps members in Addison County!
AmeriCorps is “a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement.” Members, including some of our recent Middlebury graduates, commit to serving the community by engaging in youth and mentoring, fighting poverty, increasing academic achievement, and more.
The state of Vermont produces the 3rd highest rate of AmeriCorps members per capita! We are proud of our alumni who contribute to that ranking and the role that their community engagement experiences as students played in their decisions to serve as AmeriCorps members in Addison County.
Read below to learn more about our first AmeriCorps member spotlight, Ellie Dickerson ‘19, and her trajectory from student to CCE’s AmeriCorps VISTA member.
Where did you grow up, and what did you study at Middlebury?
I grew up in a little North Central Nebraska town called Ainsworth. I studied International & Global Studies with a focus on Latin America, and spent my Junior Spring in Montevideo, Uruguay. During my time at Middlebury, I was involved in Community Friends and the Privilege & Poverty (P&P) Academic Cluster.
How did community engagement shape your time as a student at Middlebury?
I became a Community Friend during the second semester of my first year. My engagement with the community deepened considerably during the summer after my first year, when I was a Shepherd Intern with Charter House Coalition. I also became very involved in Middlebury’s Memorial Baptist and began leading the 7th-12th grade youth group during my Senior year.
These experiences allowed me to form relationships with community members, learn about community needs first-hand, and feel like a member of the larger Middlebury community. They offered me a break from the constant demands of campus, and they helped me gain perspective on those demands. Getting out into the community helped me to remember that I am only one part of a much bigger world, and that connecting with and serving others is so much more important than getting good grades.
How did these experience deepen your understandings of civic engagement and service?
My internship with Charter House, combined with weekly CCE reflections and P&P academic coursework, allowed me to reflect deeply on what it means to “serve,” especially from a place of privilege. I analyzed and questioned my actions and thoughts in an effort to unpack my own biases. Was I saving, or was I serving? Was I projecting, or was I relating? The “real-world” piece combined with the academic research and classroom discussions complicated my understanding of service and helped me to grow as a person.
I analyzed and questioned my actions and thoughts in an effort to unpack my own biases. Was I saving, or was I serving? Was I projecting, or was I relating?
Ellie Dickerson ’19, AmeriCorps Member
What led you to decide to serve as an AmeriCorps member in the CCE?
My involvement with the CCE played such a huge role in my experience at Middlebury. I wanted to be able to support students in their connections with the community just like CCE staff and faculty partners had supported me. My love for Vermont also influenced my decision. Vermonters care about vulnerable populations, as is evidenced by the hundreds of non-profits in Addison County alone. I know that if I have an idea for making change, I will have a supportive community behind me. My husband and his family all live in Addison County, which has further connected me with the community.
I know that if I have an idea for making change, I will have a supportive community behind me.
Ellie Dickerson ’19, AmeriCorps Member
How has living as a non-student in Addison County been?
Being here as a non-student has honestly been lovely. So far I’ve found that without the stresses of student life I have been able to take advantage of all that Vermont has to offer. I get some of the perks of student life (such as access to the fitness center and the library) without the drawbacks. Beautiful.
Have you given any thought to what comes next?
At this point, I am still unsure of my next steps, but I would love to continue to serve in the area if possible. I have so much Vermont pride. I have also formed relationships with people here, from Charter House Coalition to my Church Family to my husband and in-laws, that make each day meaningful and root me to this place.
Stay tuned for more upcoming blog posts about our other Middlebury alumni AmeriCorps members!
Today’s the day: Applications are open! Are you ready to serve up change? Applications are now open for our next class of FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members! As a service member, you’ll connect kids to healthy food in school, from the classroom to the garden to the cafeteria. We encourage you to apply early; we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the deadline, so early applicants will hear back sooner.
What makes a great service member? A motivated leader who’s passionate about food education and eager to serve—especially in a community you call home. Your unique strengths will shape your service; you’ll use your interests and talents (plus our program resources!) to get kids excited about healthy food.You’ll grow through your service, too. In addition to a stipend, you’ll get access to dozens of resources and training opportunities and gain a network of inspired food education colleagues. After your service, our alumni program can help you make meaningful connections and build your career. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughMarch 13, so apply early! If you need some inspiration to get started, check out last year’s Q&A with a few FoodCorps alums. We can’t wait to read your application!
Work at CEA’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Group, to help clients develop, negotiate, and implement regulatory compliance programs; research and respond to policy and rule changes; and design and executive proactive engagement strategies with agencies and elected officials.
At this internship at Historic New England, you would assess the status of preparedness for Historic New England’s museum properties for climate change, and developing a strategic framework to address needs for resilience against it.
Work as an Alumni Mentor, an Energy & Water Client Educator Corpsmember or a Land Conservation Leader at an organization working in conservation projects in neighborhoods, public lands, and open spaces throughout the Southern Front Range and Metro Denver.
For those who choose to “vacation with a purpose” during July and August, Star Island is an all inclusive retreat with family style meals, children’s activities and themed “conferences” including world affairs, social justice, natural history, and spirituality.