17th Class, 2010-2011
Field Placement: Midtown Partners, Inc. (Jackson, MS)
At Midtown Partners, Inc., Corbin helped to develop a community outreach and marketing plan for the newly developed Prosperity Center, a ‘one-stop-shop’ where low and moderate-income families can access benefits, services, and training to promote their economic empowerment. Corbin also helped develop the Midtown Community Garden by conducting garden lessons with the Project Innovation afterschool program, running staff workshops, engaging in community outreach, and promoting the sustainability of the project.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Rights & Resources Guide for Job-Seekers and Employees is a hand-held resource intended to inform Prosperity Center guests on the rights of employees and job-seekers in Mississippi as well as where they can go in the Jackson area to address their grievances and seek justice.
Policy Site: Community Food Security Coalition (Washington, DC)
Corbin researched local, state and federal policies that support urban agriculture projects. He developed case studies of innovative urban agriculture initiatives and analyzed federal funding streams available to support urban agriculture. He also assisted the CFSC policy office staff in monitoring food-related federal policy developments.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Corbin Laedlein graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in Africana studies. Corbin interned at the Steve Biko Cultural Institute in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and wrote his thesis on the impact of Brazil’s black movement on education reform. After graduating, Corbin worked with Brooklyn teens at Added Value’s Red Hook Community Farm, where he led farm work and developed workshops on social justice and sustainability. Corbin went on to complete a master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford.