Food Justice Internship for Teens, 2015-16

"A JTS Innovation Project"


The Food Justice Internship is a collaboration between Abundance Farm, Congregration B'nai Israel and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Northampton. Supported by the Jewish Theological Seminary as a "JTS Innovation Grant," this is a program for high school juniors and seniors who are passionate about food justice, social justice, and community organizing. This is a program for leaders who are self-motivated and ready to dive in to the challenging and rewarding work of galvanizing a movement. 


Over the year, interns receive social justice training, as well as leadership development and group building skills. They learn about the history of food justice and community organizing. Interns serve as integral team members working on a major food justice campaign happening in Northampton. They experience justice work by doing it, supported by a mentor and working with staff from both Congregation B'nai Israel and the Workers Center.


This program is roughly an 8-10 hour time commitment/ month. This is an unpaid internship, during which high school students gain hands-on organizing skills, social justice training, and build deep connections with other young activists. The program begins at the end of September and runs through the school year.


For more information, contact Grace Oedel at