Interested in Exploring a Career in Teaching Kitchens? We Are Piloting a New College-Level Course That Has You Covered!
The emerging field of Teaching Kitchens has been growing rapidly, especially among health professionals (nutritionists, health coaches, nurses, physicians etc.). As pioneers in the field, we know that developing the workforces for this new field is critical. FamilyCook foresees a range of roles, including peer educators and Teaching Kitchen Assistants, whose backgrounds mirror the diverse communities where health disparities signal the greatest need for these services. To support the development of such para-professional type roles of Teaching Kitchen assistants and peer educators, FamilyCook has partnered with Hostos Community College to pilot a new course Food as Medicine: Introduction to Teaching Kitchens in January 2024.
What is the goal of the course? This course will prepare students to assist in Teaching Kitchen (TK) classes for any age. Research has demonstrated that it takes hands-on application of nutrition guidelines through meal preparation to inspire individuals to re-think and make changes in their daily food habits to prevent or reverse obesity and related chronic conditions. This course will equip participants to successfully support cooking demonstrations and coach TK participants in a range of settings: preschool, elementary, adolescent, family and adult. The course consists of 24 hours of virtual, didactic learning, followed by 25 hours of hands-on teaching kitchen class support performed virtually or in-person.
Who can take the course? Anyone in the NYC Metropolitan area who meets the course requirements can take the course at no cost thanks to funding from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation.
More details are available here. If you are a NYC metro area youth-serving organization and you are looking to link entry-level job training and job opportunities for young people, please share the course details with your youth.
Additional questions? Please contact email@example.com or contact Hostos directly:
Hope Miller, Director of Allied Health Programs