Urban Strategies Inc.
  • 05-Mar-2018 to 04-Apr-2018 (CST)
  • Urban Strategies - Minneapolis, MN
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Part Time

HOURS:                         20-25 hours per week

(Flexible Schedule but must be available Friday and Sunday evenings)


REPORTS TO:             Heritage Park Associate Project Manager


LOCATION:                 Heritage Park Neighborhood, Minneapolis, MN         



Urban Strategies is a 50c3 corporation founded in 1978. The mission of Urban Strategies is to empower residents in distressed urban core neighborhoods to lead healthy, prosperous lives in thriving, self-sustaining communities. Urban Strategies plans and implements Human Capital building strategies designed to end the physical, social and economic isolation of obsolete and distressed communities by: 1) creating an attractive mixed income community and 2) supporting former low-income residents in progressing toward self-sufficiency. Urban Strategies uses innovative approaches to provide families with a broad and integrated set of supports as they make the transition to new housing and to economic self-sufficiency. Urban Strategies also collaborates with other community organizations to increase the human capital-building assets in the revitalized community. In Minneapolis, Urban's work is taking place within a newly redeveloped, mixed income housing community in the Heritage Park (HP) neighborhood in North Minneapolis. Learn more about Urban Strategies at www.urbanstrategiesinc.org


Green Garden Bakery Program Description:

Urban has determined that within HP its most successful initiative is Green Garden Bakery (GGB), a youth-run business utilizing produce from their youth garden. The program was founded in 2014 by youth in neighborhood who first recognized that after participating in a few years of cooking and gardening education they had acquired new skills. The youth wanted to capitalize on those skills by creating teen employment in the neighborhood. Youth developed a healthy vegetable based dessert recipe during cooking classes using vegetables in their garden and sold the green tomato cakes at a local festival and a co-op raising over $1,500. Since 2014, the youth have developed a business model and expanded their business. The youth continue to bake and sell green tomato cakes, along with additional vegetable baked good desserts that meet a variety of health and dietary restrictions and preferences. The program also expanded to include curriculum geared to younger youth so they would have the opportunity to join in skill-building through cooking and gardening lessons at a younger age. Now over 100 K-12th grade youth are engaged in GGB at some level. A group of highly invested teens have developed the GGB executive team to manage the programs decisions, and they lead sub-committees focused on finances, sales, baking and production, and communications and sustainability. With extensive support of collaborative community partners, Urban would now like to grow GGB by renovating our community kitchen into a commercial kitchen. Learn more about Green Garden Bakery at: www.greengardenbakery.weebly.com



The primary focus of this position would seek to work with teen participants to provide kitchen workforce training in collaboration with workforce specialist, oversee production in the kitchen, and provide community cooking classes and other initiatives for adults to become more involved with the program.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting in the outreach and recruitment of program participants from the Heritage Park Neighborhood
  • Curriculum development, planning and implementing teen and adult activities to fit within the program's framework surrounding kitchen skills, food preparation, production planning, and food industry professions.
  • Coordinating group programming as well as one-on-one support with teens and adults
  • Recruiting and managing program partners, corporate sponsors, volunteers and parent council
  • Maintaining necessary documentation for grant reporting and program evaluation
  • Modeling strong work ethic and teamwork for teen leaders and other program participants and partners 


  • Food manager certification
  • Associates degree and a minimum of 2 years experience teaching content to youth and/or adults
  • Or HS Diploma and 5 years experience
  • Ability to relate well with youth and adults from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Good communication, verbal, written and listening skills
  • Computer skills needed include Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug screen
  • Valid driver's license and car
  • Optional: gardening, and/or professional baking experience are a plus
  • Optional: Somali or Oromo language skills are a plus
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