Peer Nutrition Education Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania

Posted by on January 04, 2010

[posted 12/12/09]

Peer Nutrition Education Coordinator

The position involves leading a small team of 10-12 high school aged students in the provision of an award-winning intensive nutrition education outreach program.  This outreach program is part of an overall ecological approach towards nutrition education that provides teens with hands-on experiences growing, cooking and selling healthy foods. The goal of the program is to foster youth leadership; improve dietary knowledge, habits and status of Philadelphia youth; increase knowledge of food systems; increase access to healthy foods; empower teens to become peer educators; improve/maintain high levels of academic performance; and provide teens with job training in culinary arts and urban agriculture. This outreach program is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and primarily focuses on the West Philadelphia community.

The position requires interaction with and supervision of high school and college students.  This position collaborates closely with other youth program coordinators, community partners, school teachers, and parents.  Job duties entail the planning, implementation, and oversight of training activities.  These training activities will prepare participating youth to conduct peer nutrition education outreaches through the hands-on teaching of healthy cooking, menu planning and shopping strategies. Additionally, the coordinator will assist with developing outreach partnerships, outreach planning, and event planning.

This is a part-time position that will require 20 hours per week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.  Two of these days will be from 1:30pm to 7pm and one day will be from 10am to 7pm.  Some flexibility in hours may be required.  Applicants must have experience working with and empowering teenagers.  Knowledge of health and nutrition is also critical.  Food safety and culinary training considered a plus.  The hourly wage is $15 and hour.

The position will begin in early January.

Please send resumes to:
Kristin Schwab
Urban Nutrition Initiative
3451 Walnut Street, Suite P-117A
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fax resumes to:
Attention: Kristin Schwab
FAX 215-573-1134

E-mail resumes to:
[email protected]


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