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Traditional Foods Program Offering Youth Internships

AICRC is happy to announce that we will be offering an exciting opportunity through our Preparing Oakland Native Youth (PONY) program’s new project, Feast of Nations.  PONY is a program that helps support Native youth ages 14-21 develop goals and have a successful transition into adulthood.    The project,  made possible through the Christensen Fund, will offer Native young people five week paid internships where they can gain cultural knowledge and skills through traditional foods.

Feast of Nations internships include workshops, field trips, and guidance from community experts and elders to explore different aspects of traditional Native food gathering and preparation, Indigenous  and  local food sources, and urban food movements.    In each cohort’s final project, three interns will plan and carry out a feast of their own based on the foods of their tribal backgrounds.   There will be five dinners over the next year, each prepared by a different group of interns.

Feast of Nations is now looking for motivated young people ages 14-21 who are interested in learning about Native Culture and traditional foods!    Interns will meet once a week for five weeks and be responsible for planning a menu based on traditional foods, creating an invitation list, cooking, and hosting a dinner. This is a great opportunity to gain skills, get experience planning an event,   learn about Native culture and get paid to do it.

The project is also seeking community members, elders, and cultural workers who are interested in sharing  knowledge related to Native foods with youth.  We are especially looking for Native people familiar with the food traditions of the Bay Area for our first feast.  We are offering small stipends for your time as well.

Support this amazing project by sharing this information with anyone who may be interested!    Applications are still being accepted.  For more information please contact Ines Gardilcic (510) 208 1870 x 317 or .


Youth Internship Application


Cultural Sharing Interest Form


Feast Flyer

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