Quad Spring 2019 Application: Food Access
This is an opportunity to make real impact.

The Organization
El Paso County Department of Public Health promotes and protect public health and environmental quality across El Paso County through people, prevention and partnerships.

The Project
Some local neighborhoods have disproportionately low access to the fresh, healthy food, which contributes to health and quality of life. Design and validate a model that leverages what works and sustainably improves food access in these areas.

Deliverables include
• Design of large/neighborhood-scale “best case” projects or interventions for each identified neighborhood, including preliminary business or operating plans along with other key development and operations information (e.g. financial forecasting, staffing levels, supply chain considerations).
• Detailed plans for a “minimum viable product”/pilot-scale projects or interventions to test key assumptions and demonstrate impact potential for each neighborhood-scale concept.


The Team
Teams are comprised of 3 students or recent grads from our 4 partner schools. We are looking for students and recent graduates from CC, UCCS, PPCC and the U.S. Air Force who have experience or interest in one or more of:
• Critical thinking and analysis
• Applied problem solving; creative problem solving
• Business; economics; finance
• Communication
• Food systems
• General liberal arts
• Sociology
• History

Faculty Advisor: Professor Laura Austin-Eurich from UCCS

Eligibility/Minimum Qualifications
This opportunity is open to all current students and graduates within 3 years of graduation from CC, UCCS, PPCC, and the US Air Force Academy (with approval), regardless of major or academic track. Admissions decisions will be made on the basis of demonstrated attitude, aptitude, and overall project fit. Although many aspects of the project pertain to business and entrepreneurship, the Quad actively encourages students who focus in the arts and humanities to apply considering their demonstrated proficiency in applied critical thinking, creative problem solving. In general, strong applicants:
• Are in good academic standing
• Demonstrate their ability to think creatively, critically, conceptually and respond positively to feedback
• Can work productively on teams and achieve results in a fast-paced environment
• Possess a growth mindset (see problems as opportunities)
• Demonstrate their ability to work inclusively across demographic lines
• Show strong relevant experience or interest


Benefits to You
This is an opportunity to build your network, expand your experience, make an impact on our community, meet influential leaders, and open professional opportunities that will benefit you far beyond graduation. It's also a chance to go several steps beyond theoretical, conceptual classroom work to develop and deliver products of tactical value to a local business.

Logistics:
This opportunity is offered with a stipend of $1200 for CC, UCCS, and PPCC students. Unfortunately, USAFA cadets cannot receive stipends. The project will start on February 11th and end May 10th. The workload is 10 hours per week for 10 weeks. Please note as you apply that we expect the full 10 hours of work each week.

Are you ready to make an impact? Applications due January 30th.

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