JOIN youth in food systems!

 

Our Youth in Food Systems program aims to provide opportunities for high school aged youth, aged 14-19, to explore environmental topics related to food and sustainability, gain transferable skills, 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. 

Youth project work takes place on Circle and Google Drive.

We’re always looking for young people across southern Ontario to join our team! 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 the blog! It’s written for young people, by young people, to educate and inspire your peers. 

What you’ll gain: 

  • Research skills
  • Written communication skills and abilities
  • Collaboration skills within the blog team
  • Confidence in yourself and your abilities
  • A chance to have your work published on a professional webpage 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ blog posts / month on a flexible schedule

Graphic Designer

The aesthetic of the blog is important for capturing readers’ attention. Part of this is having a featured image for each and every blog post created. If you have a creative eye and like to create visually appealing and enticing graphics, this role could be the perfect fit for you! 

What you’ll gain: 

  • Graphic design skills, using Canva
  • Collaboration skills within the blog team
  • Confidence in yourself and your abilities
  • A chance to have your work published on a professional webpage 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ blog posts / month on a flexible schedule

Editor

The essence of the blog lies in having high quality content, and that shouldn’t fall solely on the blog writers. Our editors are responsible for reviewing each post and providing suggestions and feedback before the posts get published. 

What you’ll gain: 

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Written communication skills and abilities
  • Collaboration skills within the blog team
  • Confidence in yourself and your abilities
  • A chance to have your efforts recognized on a professional webpage 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ blog posts / month on a fixed, self-selected schedule

Publisher

The final piece of the blog process is getting the written, edited, designed posts onto the blog where they can be read and enjoyed by our audience. If you have a great eye for detail and layout, and have strong computer skills or an interest in building such skills, consider joining the team! 

What you’ll gain: 

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Web development experience using WordPress
  • Collaboration skills within the blog team
  • Confidence in yourself and your abilities
  • A chance to have your efforts recognized on a professional webpage 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 2+ blog posts /month on a fixed, self-selected schedule

FOOD LEADER INTERVIEW SERIES

Interviewer

We kicked off Season 2 of the Food Leader Interview Series (titled, “What Do You Bring to the Table?”) this fall and we need your help to finish it! Our youth Interviewers 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.

What you’ll gain: 

    • Research and critical thinking skills
    • Communication skills and abilities with teammates, staff, and food leaders
    • Leadership development and confidence building 
    • One-on-one and group training in conducting interviews
    • Time management skills 
    • Independence, leadership, and “judgment call” skills 

Time commitment: 10-15 hours total commitment during January and February 2023

Or check back in March 2023 to join us for Season 3! 

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 conducting research and creating posts. 

Content Creator - General Assistance

Create individual posts related to food and sustainability, for all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)! 

What you’ll gain: 

  • Research and communication skills
  • Graphic design skills, using Canva
  • Teamwork and deliverables skills
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills as you consider how messages are conveyed to an audience
  • A chance to have your work published on a professional webpage 

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 2+ post designs / month on a self-selected schedule

Content Creator - Instagram Takeovers

Take over our Instagram page for a weekend (or multiple weekends)! Research, design, and execute a series of posts focused on a food systems or sustainability topic of your choosing.

What you’ll gain: 

  • Research and communication skills
  • Graphic design skills, using Canva
  • Teamwork and deliverables skills
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills as you consider how messages are conveyed to an audience
  • A chance to have your work published on a professional webpage 

Time commitment: 1+ weekend, 5 – 7 posts per weekend on a fixed schedule

CANADIAN FOOD SNAPSHOTS

Infographic Designer

The main goal of this project is provide a platform for our participants to research and create infographics depicting the state of food and agriculture in Canada via Snapshots: Canadian Food. This is a great way to present statistics and information in an interesting, accessible way for people. 

What you’ll gain: 

  • Research and communication skills
  • Graphic design skills, using Canva
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills as you consider how information is received by an audience
  • A chance to have your work published on a professional webpage

Time commitment: 3 month minimum, 1+ design / month on a flexible schedule

 

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 project!