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Feeding the Future Project Fellow  

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa

Location: Des Moines, IA (in-person)

Dates: September 26 – December 16, 2022

Compensation: $600/week stipend

Deadline: August 14th, 2022

COVID-19 Note:

Masks are optional at BGCCI locations. Anyone in close contact of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be informed of a possible transmission. Those in close contact must quarantine and test according to the current best practices adopted by the organization. Due to COVID-19, FLIA and BGCCI may move the fellowship entirely remote if there is a spike in cases. 

Future Leaders in Action Overview:

Future Leaders in Action (FLIA) cultivates leaders and strengthens youth-oriented nonprofits through a fellowship program. Fellows, individuals interested in entering the social sector, working full-time with a partner nonprofit to lead a capacity-building project. 

Throughout the fellowship, fellows gain various professional skills including time-management, communication, program development, in a fast-paced, hands-on learning environment.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Overview:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa is one of the largest and most comprehensive youth development organizations in the Des Moines metro area. They provide a full schedule of diversified activities for members. Their programs provide low- or no-cost opportunities for youth to participate in fun and educationally enriching activities in three key program areas: Academic Success, Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Position Overview and Responsibilities:

You will …

  • Oversee BGCCI’s Feeding the Future program which currently makes fresh perishables and shelf-stable staples available to families by managing all 8 clubs to ensure best practices for addressing food insecurity including
  • Coordinating “weekend bags” at club sites that include meals BGCCI kids can take home and cook with their families over the weekend
  • Working with club staff to coordinate Cooking Clubs at 3 Clubs to help BGCCI teens how to cook healthy meals as a general life skill 
  • Actively participate in weekly FLIA professional development responsibilities including check-in calls and virtual weekly leadership workshops
  • Attend virtual leadership training retreat and in-person gatherings with local fellows 

By the end of the fellowship, you will have… 

  • Maintained best practices and made improvements to the operations and logistics of across all 8 club pantries
  • Established clear methods for reducing wasted food due to spoilage or lack of desire from families
  • Communicated to families about the availability of food, types of foods available, and possible use of nutritious foods
  • Designed a clear system for obtaining and distributing more fresh, perishable foods
  • Written a report including the number of families (total and by Club) utilizing the pantry system, pounds (or similar measure) of food distributed, and pounds (or similar measure) of food going to waste at the end of the summer program
  • Written two blog articles
  • Completed final report and video about the fellowship 

Position Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with underserved youth and marginalized communities
  • Commitment to continuous professional improvement and reflection
  • Resourcefulness and initiative 
  • Passionate about social sector 
  • Use patience and tolerance to address problems 
  • Demonstrate integrity 
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and in a team


The selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check and/or fingerprinting.

Future Leaders in Action is an equal employment opportunity employer, and women, people of color, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and people with unique lived experience or diverse professional or personal backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

FLIA may host in-person covenings for fellows. For in-person gatherings, full vaccination or waiver will be required and masks whenever appropriate.