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Our Youth in Food Systems program aims to provide opportunities for high school volunteers (aged 13-18) to explore environmental topics related to food and sustainability, and explore career option in the agriculture and food sector.

By allowing youth to follow their own interests with staff support, we aim to foster inquiry, research, critical thinking, and communication skills. 

We’re always looking for young people across Ontario (and beyond) to join our teams! Read through the descriptions available below and fill out the form located at the bottom of the page to sign up for an opportunity. 

YEAR-ROUND OPPORTUNITIES

Please note that the availability of roles changes regularly. Please feel free to sign up for the role(s) that most interest you and we’ll be in touch to discuss what’s available. 

THE YOUTH BLOG

Writer

Do you have a way with words, or just an interest in writing? We have an opportunity for you to write about food- and sustainability-related topics for our Youth Food Blog! It’s written for young people, by young people, to educate and inspire your peers. There is a lot of flexibility in this role to choose your own topics, your own hours, your own style, and your own message! 

Requirements: Strong written communication skills in English, an eye for detail, the ability to research and write blog posts on a self-selected schedule, and a desire to use your creativity in new ways!

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ blog posts / month 

Editor

Our Youth Blog is about more than just writing – we need to keep it in tip-top shape with Youth Editors! Our editors are responsible for reviewing each post and providing suggestions for edits. If you have a great eye for detail and the idea of being able to work remotely fits with your schedule, this role is perfect for you! 

Requirements: Strong written communication skills in English, an eye for detail, the ability to edit blog posts on a schedule. 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ blog posts / month  

Graphic Designer

The aesthetic of the Youth Blog is important for capturing readers’ attention. We are looking to expand the team of folks who create featured images for each and every blog post that gets published. If you have a creative eye and like to create visually appealing and enticing graphics, this role could be the perfect fit for you! 

Requirements: Creative abilities, ability to use online editing programs (Canva), and ability to create graphics on a self-selected schedule. 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ blog posts / month

Publisher

The final piece of the blog process is getting the written, edited, designed posts onto our website where they can be read and enjoyed by all. If you have a great eye for details and layout, and have strong computer skills, we’d love to have you join this team! 

Requirements: Ability to schedule routinely to keep blog up to date and organized; experience with WordPress or a knack for learning new technology quickly; and the ability to handle time-sensitive posts. 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 2+ blog posts /month 

CAREERS IN FOOD SYSTEMS INTERVIEW SERIES

Interviewer - Not currently available

Please check back in March 2023 to sign up as an Interviewer for Season 3!

We are kicking off Season 2 of the Careers in Food Systems Interview Series (newly titled, “What Do You Bring to the Table?”) this fall and we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to conduct virtual video interviews with professionals working in our food systems. Our volunteer interviewers are responsible for designing the questions, setting up the interviews, and utilizing Zoom to carry them out. 

And new for Season 2: a podcast and infographic career profile series! Optional involvement in the creation of these components is available, with training and mentorship.

Requirements:  Ability to use Zoom and email, comfort speaking one-on-one with a food professional, comfort being recorded, openness to learn new skills. 

Time commitment: Flexible, 1+ interviews (approximately 10-15 hours total commitment per interview) 

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT CREATION

Our social media is one of our primary communication platforms, and we’re looking for youth interested in helping us to grow it with fun, relevant, and informational content! You will be able to assist with our social media pages by designing graphics, writing captions, sharing ideas, and conducting research, be creative!   

General Assistance

Create individual posts related to food and sustainability, for all of our social media platforms! 

Requirements: Creative abilities, the ability to use online editing programs (Canva), and ability to create graphics on a self-selected schedule

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 2+ post designs / month 

Instagram Takeovers

Do you have a way with words, or just an interest in writing? We have an opportunity for you to write about food- and sustainability-related topics for our Youth Food Blog! It’s written for young people, by young people, to educate and inspire your peers. There is a lot of flexibility in this role to choose your own topics, your own hours, your own style, and your own message! 

Requirements: Strong written communication skills in English, an eye for detail, the ability to research and write blog posts on a self-selected schedule, and a desire to use your creativity in new ways!

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ blog posts / month 

CANADIAN FOOD SNAPSHOTS

Infographic Designer

The main goal of this project is having our Youth Volunteers take research we’ve compiled and creating infographics. This is a great way to get lots of information across in an accessible way for people. 

You will be able to assist with our Canadian Food Snapshots project by designing graphics, writing captions, sharing ideas, and conducting research, be creative!  

If you have a creative eye and enjoy making information easily digestible- this role is for you!

Requirements: Creative abilities, experience using the ability to use online editing programs (Canva- this is our platform), and ability to create graphics on a self-selected schedule

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 2+ designs / month 

 

YOUTH AMBASSADOR

Are you a big fan of social media? Do you want to contribute to the growth of our project and gain volunteer hours? 

We are looking for high school-aged youth to join us as Ambassadors this year! This role involves engaging with us on social media, spreading the word about what we do, and (optional) creating fun content about food and sustainability. 

Learn More About the Role

JOIN THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM HERE

SEASONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Please note that the availability of roles changes regularly. Please feel free to sign up for the role(s) that most interest you and we’ll be in touch to discuss what’s available. 

YOUTH FOOD MARKET

Market Leader - Not currently available

Each year, a group of high school students interested in gaining food system experience take on a variety of leadership roles in our summer market. Areas of involvement include marketing, graphic design, outreach and coordination, garden maintenance and harvesting, market set up, sales/customer service, and more. Those living in Waterloo Region are preferred due to the hybrid nature of the position.

Time commitment: May to September, 2-4 hours/week; flexible to suit the needs of each volunteer.

Please check back in April 2023 to sign up for this exciting program!

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