Volunteering to Career Paths: Student Leadership in Community Food Systems

Wayne State University


Even the best ideas need fuel to keep the fire burning. While the last decade has seen a revitalization of food systems in the Detroit area, a recent study notes workforce and career development as areas in need of focus before weak links threaten the larger system.

This proposal to engage students in hands‐on internships of identified projects, which are jointly designed/supervised by SEED Wayne and community partners, aims to enhance skills, expand knowledge within specific timelines with identified benefits for students to further their careers. Students gain paid positions following internships with the partner organization.

Partners include Brother Nature, Detroit‐based grower, Detroit Public Schools, Office of School Nutrition, Earthworks Urban Farm, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit Black Food Security Network and FoodLab Detroit.

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