Q: What is the purpose of a leadership team?
A: The LT provides students with the opportunity to take on a position of higher responsibility and leadership. Students will take an active role in every day activities, as well as growth and continuation of the Campus Kitchen, while learning the basics of non-profit management and organizational structure.
Q: What is a normal Leadership Team structure?
A: The LT is in charge of all aspects of a Campus Kitchen, therefore the more involved and robust the LT the more successful your kitchen will be. There is no magic number for how many students should be on an LT, but most new kitchens should start with about 6-10 members that range from freshmen to seniors. This will ensure stability and sustainability so that knowledge can be passed on once leaders graduate.
Q: How do you sustain a healthy and successful Leadership Team?
A: An ideal Leadership Team member goes through what we call the “ladder model” or “step model”— starting freshman year as a regular volunteer; progressing as a sophomore to a shift captain; moving forward again as a junior as an LT member; and culminating as a titled position or student coordinator as a senior. This model ensures that there will never be gaps in knowledge as students transition through and then out of school.
Over the years, CKP has found that a strong and successful structure for a Campus Kitchen is to have a separate shift captain crew and executive team within the Leadership Team. If your school has the capacity for this, it will ensure that students do not become overwhelmed and there will be more time to focus on beyond meals programming. Ultimately each school is unique and you have to find a structure that fits the needs of your program.
Q: What are the expectations of those on the Leadership Team?
A: The expectations of the student leadership team vary for each school, but we provide a Leadership Team constitution for each school to start with, which clearly defines the roles and expectations of a Leadership Team member. While schools adapt the constitution to fit their schools, it typically covers these duties:
- LT meetings: Attend the weekly LT meeting
- Volunteer shifts: Attend two volunteer shifts per month
- 1-Year commitment: LT members are asked to serve for 1 year; positions may be renewed
- Individual responsibilities: LT members are expected to understand and carry out the expected responsibilities of their position
- Other responsibilities: Fulfill other responsibilities that come up as the program grows. These will be distributed among the Leadership Team as necessary
Once you have established a Leadership Team structure, you can use this Leadership Team commitment form as a starting template to have your LT sign and commit for the year.