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Youth Food Market Leader

Youth in Food Systems

   About the Position

Impact Statement
By joining our Youth in Food Systems team, you can learn about and explore food systems while gaining skills, communicating your learnings with peers, and building capabilities for future career (agri-food and others!) and personal aspirations.

Each year, a group of students (“Market Leaders”) aged 14-19 interested in gaining food systems, business, and leadership experience work collaboratively to plan and run the Youth Food Market.

Now, we are looking for more youth to join for the main Market season!

What Does the Role Involve?
- Biweekly virtual and in person meetings
- Monthly community field trips
- Independent and small group planning and strategizing - logistics, marketing, finance, or wherever your interests lie!
- Weekly Market days from July-September

Why Join?
- Co-lead an impactful community-based project that supports local food access
- Meet other youth interested in food, agriculture, and leadership
- Build skills in finance, planning, collaboration, leadership, marketing, and more
- Gain 30-100+ community service hours from April-September
- Learn about local food, meet food leaders in the community, and explore opportunities in food & ag!

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual, Student Placement
Age: 14+

Area(s) of Interest: Communication/Public Relations, Environment, Leadership/Management

Skill(s): Collaboration, Interpersonal Communication, Project Management, Problem Solving, Designing

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Market Leaders will work alongside peers, staff, and community mentors through all stages of the project. They will receive resource, training, and ample opportunity for collaboration.
Working Conditions: Mixture of remote and in-person learning, gatherings, and meetings; field trips and Markets are in person throughout Waterloo Region. We aim to ensure all in-person activities are accessible by bus and/or provide compensation for transportation.
Transportation: On a bus route

Time Commitment

Duration: 4 - 6 months
Weekday - Daytime, Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Daytime, Anytime
2-5 hours/week on a flexible, self-directed schedule. Meetings and field trips are planned according to the group's schedule. Market dates and times are TBD, but will likely occur weekday evenings after 5pm. All other independent and smaller team work will be on a flexible, self-directed schedule. Community service hours operate on an honour system, with youth tracking their time and submitting hours as needed.

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Andrew Jackson
12 Dupont St. W. Waterloo, N2L 2X6

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