What is the Healthy Futures Oklahoma Program?
Red River Community Corps (RRCC) has been given the opportunity to host the Healthy Futures Oklahoma Program where AmeriCorps members who will support nutrition education and physical activity initiatives in communities across the State of Oklahoma. The goal of the Healthy Futures Oklahoma AmeriCorps Program is to provide opportunities that help eliminate barriers to access in order to give participants greater control over their health choices and move healthy intentions into action. As part of this program, AmeriCorps Members will serve in one of three roles (See full position descriptions in Appendix A of the Application Instructions):
- Nutrition Education Coordinators (PRIORITY) - Members will use Cooking Matters the curriculum, as a framework for delivering nutrition education. Members will be responsible for planning each 6-week course (ex. scheduling the location, recruiting volunteer chef/demonstrators, preparing lesson materials, etc.) as well as gathering supplies, and collecting data at each lesson.
- Nutrition Support Coordinators - Members will engage in activities improve access to food resources while supplementing the program’s nutrition education activities (support enrollment in food assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, etc.), assist in food delivery at food pantries & farmers markets, and support community garden programs).
- Physical Activity Coordinators – Members will utilize tools & resources from a wide range of initiatives to develop and implement physical activity programs in their communities aimed at helping children and adults meet physical activity guidelines for their age group.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a national service program of the federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This program is partially funded through a grant from CNCS with host sites contributing to share the cost of federal cash match requirements. Individuals serving as AmeriCorps Members receive a modest living allowance during service and may be eligible to receive health care coverage and student loan deferment. Upon completion of service Members are also eligible to receive an education award that can be used to pay current or future education expenses.
What is Cooking Matters?
Cooking Matters is a nationally recognized nutrition education model that provides skills to low income families on learning to prepare healthy meals at home through hands-on, six-week long cooking courses, and interactive grocery store tours. Program graduates learn to stretch their budgets by shopping smarter; use nutrition information to make healthier food choices; and cook delicious, nutritious and affordable meals. Courses can also be supplemented with a guided “store tour” where participants learn hands-on as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Nutrition Education AmeriCorps members will be responsible for planning each 6-week course (ex. scheduling the location, recruiting volunteer chef/demonstrators, preparing lesson materials, etc.) as well as gathering supplies, and collecting data at each lesson. Learn more about Cooking Matters at: https://cookingmatters.org/.
Who can Apply?
Any non-profit organization, state or government agency, Native American tribe, religious organization, or school district meeting the eligibility requirements is eligible to apply. Organizations must be able to collect performance measure data, including being able to collect and report on unduplicated participation counts and administer pre/post surveys and/or assessments.
When to Apply?
A non-binding Letter of Intent is due by 5:00 pm on May 17, 2019 (DEAEDLINE EXTENDED). Applications for the 2019-2020 Program Year, which will start September 2019, are due by 5:00 pm on June 7, 2019.
How to Apply?
Prior to begining your application, please be sure to review the 2019-2020 Application Instructions, availble at:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554bae70e4b0b1c989932ac1/t/5ccb3e74825f760001c45a77/1556823671654/2019-2020+Healthy+Futures+Oklahoma+Application+Instructions.pdf
- Submit a Letter of Intent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This letter should include:
- Overview and mission statement of your organization
- The number of AmeriCorps Members you are requesting. Include:
- Member Positions (Nutrition Education, Nutrition Support, and/or Physical Activity
- Term type (FT, TQT, or HT) for each position requested
- Complete the online application and upload required supporting documentation by 5:00 pm CT on June 7, 2019.
Click "Next" to contine the application.