Apply Now for Apple Corps!

Interested in a year of service? Have a passion for food justice? Apple Corps is hiring AmeriCorps Members for the 2015-16 service year!

Apple Corps, a program of Solid Ground, addresses the root causes of obesity, malnutrition, and hunger in underserved communities and works to promote healthy eating and active living for children living in poverty and experiencing oppression. We are a team of National Service members guided by the belief that all people deserve to live healthful lives. In this work, Apple Corps Members serve at elementary schools in communities where there is a high proportion of food insecurity, decreased access to healthy foods, and increased risk of childhood obesity. As a team of 4 members, Apple Corps serves to: educate school-age children and their families about nutrition, healthy cooking, gardening, and behaviors that promote health.

Apple Corps members will collaborate with Solid Ground staff to teach classroom-based nutrition and healthy cooking lessons to Seattle Public Schools students, using evidence-based curricula, via 10 to 12-week educational units in three elementary schools and nearby community organizations.

Apple Corps is a program of the Washington Service Corps. All service positions are September 16, 2015 – August 15, 2016 (contingent on funding). Visit the MyAmeriCorps for a position description, requirements, and application.

Applications are accepted now through June 21, 2015. For questions, please email applecorps@solid-ground.org

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Apply Now for Apple Corps!

Apply Now for Apple Corps!
The Apple Corps project through Solid Ground is now accepting applications for AmeriCorps members to serve in our Seattle community! These full time volunteer positions are 10½ months long, starting September 15, 2014. Members receive a monthly stipend of $1,155 through the Washington Service Corps, plus an ORCA Card, and a $5,645 education award at the end of their term of service. (If you receive SSI benefits, TANF, food stamps, or other government entitlements your eligibility will not be affected by the AmeriCorps income).*Applicants must be 18-25 years old*

What will Members Do?
Apple Corps members will be placed at sites throughout Seattle to provide direct service to schools and non-profit agencies. Each site and position is different but in general, members will:

• collaborate with schools, community groups, and local organizations in need of additional health resources
• educate children about nutrition and gardening
• connect families to health-promoting resources
• recruit and train community volunteers
• develop their own leadership skills by participating in team trainings and local service projects

Apple Corps, as a program of Solid Ground, is committed to undoing racism. Members will engage in year-long training to explore and understand the relationship between institutionalized racism, health disparities, and poverty.

To Apply: Visit http://www.americorps.gov to submit your application by June 15, 2014  AND follow the links below to read more about each host site and position and to apply:

School Based Nutrition Education

Danny Woo Children’s Garden

Lettuce Link

Cooking Matters

Hunger Intervention Program 

For more information, please email applecorps@solid-ground.org or call 206.694.6711.

Feet First Members Help Remind DRIVERS to Look Both Ways Before Crossing

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By Zoe Harris, Safe Routes to School Coordinator with Feet First

Drivers in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood once had little to slow them down on 30th Avenue NE. After passing the street light at NE 143rd Street, drivers heading south encountered no traffic calming until a marked crosswalk and stop sign on NE 130th. Neighbors complained that traffic moved fast and that it was  difficult to get drivers to stop for or even see people as they tried to cross.

But things are better today, thanks to a group of dedicated Walking School Bus leaders, the Olympic Hills Comic Book Club and Safe Routes to School funding. Neighbors worked with Feet First to install safety flags and flag buckets at the intersection of 30th Avenue NE and NE 137th Street. The buckets are attached to poles on either side of 30th Avenue, and are stocked with bright orange flags that pedestrians use to increase their visibility when crossing the road.

Studies show that between eighty-one and ninety-two percent of drivers stop for people holding orange safety flags, compared to just twenty percent when flags are not used. This is particularly important on 30th Avenue, because it lies between the densely populated Little Brook community and the local elementary school. This is also the location of Metro and yellow school bus stops that bring dozens of school-age children and other residents to the intersection every day.

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The bright orange flags, with a strip of reflective tape, were decorated by the Olympic Hills Comic Book Club led by kindergarten teacher Jeremy Whiting. Flags feature people walking, cars, dinosaurs and ghosts and provide safety messages like “stop cars! what are you doing?” and “look left, right and left again!” Parents helped out by labeling the flags in both Spanish and English. 

The key to sustaining the safety flags is Walking School Bus leader Jose Perez, an OHE parent who will maintain the safety flag bucket and replenish flags as needed. Feet First has found that a stash of fifty flags is enough to stock a typical intersection for about two years. Instructions for making safety flag buckets are online and require little more than some PVC pipe and zip ties.

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Traffic Safety Engineer Dongho Chang and Senior Transportation Planner Brian Dougherty joined our Walking School Bus earlier this school year and thanks to their recommendation, this intersection just got even safer with the installation of a new marked crosswalk.