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2010 Teen Battle Chef Summer Intern Brigade

icon-6This summer FamilyCook launched its most ambitious summer program serving youth and our underserved NYC communities. The TBC Summer Intern Brigade project invited instructors of Teen Battle Chefs across NYC to nominate 2-3 stellar students in their program to be matched with paid summer internships. The internship opportunities involved one of four types: 1) restaurants; 2) farmers markets and CSAs in food deserts; 3) community gardens; and 4) summer youth camps. In all cases, the selected youth would be busy cooking, doing farm-fresh demos and/or teaching cooking to younger children in camps.

The program's great success was due to our stellar youth mentors: Hayden Maloney and Jessica Scheer as well as our partner organizations who took on the youth in their summer programs. Jessica and Hayden were remarkable mentors. Both public health undergrads from George Washington University and John Hopikins respectively, they shared the formidable task of keeping up with the varied activities of the teens all summer, ensuring teen and job host were in sync, and managed to provide further food systems education to the students, take them on field trips, chaperone their special events such as Meatopia, start a fabulous blog for kids postings and reflections, help them use their experience in college essays, and plan a program finale: a wonderful potluck picnic at Union Square Park!

The blog is a particularly great way to get a taste of what the kids accomplished in their own words. Or you can take a peek at the video at their closing picnic where they each vow in their Teen Battle Chef closing salute to carry on the Teen Battle Chef community work in their own unique way as they return to school

We could not have accomplished so much without them and we heartily thank Jessica and Hayden for a job skillfully done! Additionally, we would like to acknowledge all the summer program partners who hosted our youth's summer jobs:

Candle Cafe; Dominick Cafe; Friends of Brook Park; Grow NYC Youthmakets; Jimmy's 43; New York Restoration Project; Northern Spy Food Co.; Slow Food; and the Sylvia Center.

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Hayden & Jessica, Mentors Extraordinaire Henry working with his chef @Meatopia on Governor's Island


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Joel giving his sign of approval @Meatopia