Lead, Inspire and Motivate as a TFFJ Mentor!

Our part-time mentoring program for young adults is an integral part of the Teens for Food Justice experience. By joining our dedicated team of mentors, you have the opportunity to serve as a key player in a movement to revolutionize healthy food access and nutrition education in our urban communities.

As a mentor, you will facilitating a hands-on, empowering learning environment for Teens for Food Justice students, teaching them to build their hydroponic farm, manage crop production and distribution, and help them learn the health, nutrition and advocacy skills they need to help others take charge of their own health.

Great mentor candidates are:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students (we also consider applications from high school juniors and seniors)
  • Students who are studying or considering a career in education, public health, nutrition, social services or community development
  • Students who are looking for a robust and meaningful professional development experience leading youth


Mentors work with our youth team from 3 – 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and for additional evening hours when we host student-led community outreach events. All programming in 2017 – 2018 will take place at our farm site at Urban Assembly Unison School, 170 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, 11238.

Mentors also attend monthly mentor training meetings with Teens for Food Justice staff at our Manhattan office.


  • Be an ongoing role model and supporter for at-risk youth
  • Expand your practical knowledge of nutrition and fitness in a public health context
  • Become familiar with food justice and its social and economic roots
  • Learn about hydroponic farming technology by teaching its basics to youth and facilitating the hands-on maintenance of the farm and its crops
  • Advocacy skills: learn to help others formulate a grassroots social justice movement
  • Collaborate with lead teacher and TFFJ staff on aspects of planning and troubleshooting day-to-day curriculum for a middle school after school program
  • Obtain training in instruction and classroom management


  • This is a volunteer, apprenticeship position.
  • Hours may also be used for federal work study or to meet school community service or internship requirements.

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Clare Hyre: chyre@teensforfoodjustice.org.

Empowering Teens Feeding Communities Building a Healthy Sustainable Future