The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is pleased to announce that our second cohort of CUNY Food Justice Leadership Fellows have completed the 12-month training portion of the program and been placed into 6-month internships with organizations that are committed to food justice and creating opportunities for young food justice leaders:

Alec ChiEast New York Farms– Alec will be interning with East New York Farms, getting his hands in the soil, and serving as a mentor and supervisor to other passionate farmworkers. As a volunteer coordinator, he will mobilize volunteers at ENYF’s multiple farm sites through outreach, recruitment, scheduling, and continued engagement. Alec will also support farm activities, farmers market operation, and community outreach efforts.

Ang LamaEdible Schoolyard NYC– As an intern with Edible Schoolyard, Ang will be splitting her time between programming and development work. In preparation for (hopefully) a fully in-person Fall semester, Ang will participate in garden workdays, develop newsletters and back-to-school communications, assist with fundraising, and more!

Arturo LopezGreen Bronx Machine– Arturo has been placed with Green Bronx Machine. He will serve as an advocate and teacher to the organization’s young students, also working on GBM’s indoor and outdoor farms.

Christal YuSwipe Out Hunger– Christal is expanding her role as a Student Navigator through this internship opportunity to grow she advocacy, development, and community engagement skills. Through Swipe Out Hunger, she will connect with college stakeholders and elected officials, create policy briefs, and campaign resources, and generate reports for continued program funding.

Crystal MartinezWorker Justice Center of New York- Crystal will provide WJCNY with support on their Outreach & Education programming. Through phone and social media outreach, she will connect with farmworkers to provide information on COVID-19 health and safety, New York’s new Excluded Worker Fund, and other labor policies.

Iranna SatisJust FoodIranna is helping Just Food build out a new phase of their organization. She will act as a social media liaison, marketing the organization through storytelling, assisting on the newsletter, and editing videos for Just Food’s YouTube page. Additionally, Iranna will plan events, participate in cooking demonstrations, and attend virtual conferences to contribute to food policy conversations.

Jade HuynhCommunity Food Advocates– Jade is working with CFA to aid families with children, specifically as they navigate a new wave of P-EBT support. She will help plan and host virtual info sessions, create promotional materials, such as one-pages, and provide one-on-one technical assistance.

Many thanks to our community partners who have supported the CUNY Food Justice Leadership Fellowship and contributed to its success. We also want to express our many thanks and congratulations to our incredible Fellows. They, like all of us, have faced significant challenges in the last year, and we are so proud of their hard work and tenacity!