Positions and Internships

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We wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for our team of passionate team members that work hard to make an impact in the lives of our youth! We offer a wide range of paid positions – from teaching cooking classes to human resources to event planning. We are committed to teaching our team members as much as possible about the nonprofit sector, youth, and the culinary arts.

PAID POSITIONS

As the Chef-in-Training Fundraising Coordinator, you will focus on all things funding for Sprouts’ Chef-in-Training Program! Your work will help Oakland-based, underserved youth turn their lives around as they train to become chefs in professional restaraunts, right alongside Sprouts’ partner chefs. Your time with Sprouts will focus on fundraising and sponsorships, grant writing and management, and program statistics and analysis. You will have a variety of projects that will help you to grow and learn, including improving our Grant Database and Management System, tracking grants and follow-up, and recording program statistics.
Your work will involve check-ins and constant collaboration with Sprouts’ Founder and our CIT Program Coordinator VISTA. During weekly team meetings and monthly lunches, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts, ask for feedback, recount achievements and discuss projects with the entire team.

CIT Program

Sprouts Chef-in-Training Program offers youth in need of a jump start the culinary vocational training needed to secure stable jobs in the food industry and the soft skills necessary to succeed in any future educational or professional pursuits. This internship is offered to disadvantaged and fostered youth in Oakland, 16-24 years old. Interns work directly with their chef mentor over several months and receive help with job placements post-internship.

Personal & Professional Growth

Both your personal life balance and professional growth are incredibly important to us. We believe that one needs to be fulfilled and happy in order to make a positive impact in the community. We will work closely with you to draft a set of specific personal and professional goals and a timeline of action items so that you grow through your work within the community. With the exception of occasional weekend events, we strive to keep office hours from 9am-5pm, so that you maintain a healthy balance between your personal and professional life.
Not only will your leadership and project planning skills be honed, but you you will learn about various business models, accounting rules, and nonprofit regulations. You will share your work and progress with our entire team at weekly meetings, and receive direct feedback from Sprouts Founder. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You will even be invited to participate in all of Sprouts programs, so that you may have a rounded idea of our impact.
As a small nonprofit, there will be countless opportunities to step up and be heard. At the end of your Americorps term, you will be considered for a full-time, paid position based on the skills and interests you develop.

Sample Tasks

As Chef-in-Training Program Coordinator you will be in charge of a wide range of Chef-in-Training operations.

      • Collaboration with community activists, local wraparound programs to find qualified applicants.
      • Work alongside popular chefs and restaurants to place chef in training interns and monitor their progress.
      • Mingle with high-end restaurants, notable community members, and fellow team members to help organize benefit events.
      • Work with Sprouts media team to raise awareness and fundraise for the Chef-in-Training (CIT) Program.
      • Outreach to new restaurants and new schools to create new partnerships.
      • Provide guidance and logistical support to Chef-in-Training Interns.
      • Work with Google Suite, surveys, and online tools to establish and reinforce program structures and systems.

Locations and Hours

Work hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 5
Sunny Office Loft in West Oakland
Restaurant and community center sites in San Francisco and East Bay

Skills and Requirements

Strong organizational skills, ability to balance multiple projects, cheerful and social disposition, excellent time management, good written and verbal communication, familiarity and comfort with technology, proficiency with Google Drive, strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. High energy, optimism, enthusiasm for Sprouts mission, initiative, independence, ownership of tasks.
Car recommended but not obligatory.

Your Team

In this position you will be able to work with an array of Bay Area restaurant chefs, local farmers, and mission-focused partner nonprofits including Girls Inc. You will be working alongside an intimate team of two fellow VISTA AmeriCorps, Sprouts Executive director, Office and MR coordinator, Sprouts culinary teachers, board members, and volunteers to realize Sprouts’ mission.

Americorps Contract Terms:

12-month commitment starting November 13, 2018
$18,180 living stipend from AmeriCorps
$400 monthly housing stipend

Health care allowance up to $7,150 in 2017 to cover out-of-pocket health care expenses (can include your annual deductible, coinsurance, copayments, and other charges for qualified medical expenses and limited dental and vision services). More information on renumeration and terms of the VISTA

 Office Perks:

      • Complimentary healthy snacks, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, coffee and teas (Gotta keep our staff well-fed and happy! (; )
      • Full kitchen for preparing or cooking up lunch. We’re a culinary nonprofit, after all!
      • We work from a beautiful, sunny office loft in West Oakland featuring a tree-filled courtyard and a view of City Slicker Farms. We are just a skip away from the Mandela Park running path, cafes (Kilovolt  is our favorite!) and restaurants like Oakland’s renowned Brown Sugar Kitchen.  Plus – our favorite taco truck is just a block away!

How To Apply

 
We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org:

      • Resume
      • Letter of intent
      • Please confirm if you have a driver`s license and/or car
      • Please indicate where you live in the Bay Area, or if you will be relocating for the position!
Job Description:
Do you enjoy cooking for yourself, or want the chance to put your untapped chef potential to the test? Do you love working with kids, and being involved in your community? Make a child’s birthday that much more special and share your passion for cooking with the next generation of chefs as one of Sprouts’ Birthday Party Chef Instructors!
Your Role:
We are currently looking for motivated, personable instructors that are passionate about Alice Water’s mission to educate kids about the importance of nutrition and cooking! You will get to work hands-on with our chef kiddos who are so excited to get cookin’ with you! This position is a super rewarding way to use your culinary skills in a fun and exciting environment!
We are looking for candidates who are natural leaders, quick thinkers, and problem solvers. We hope you join us for a season of delicious food and tons of cooking with fun and energetic kid chefs!
You will be responsible for each group of little chefs, addressing safety, sanitation, and knife skills when necessary to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. You will also be in charge of organizing the menu with the parents beforehand, coordinating ingredients with the inventory staff, and scheduling volunteers to work with you. We usually block out 3 hours for each party, to allow time for you to set up ingredients, prepare the dish, eat, and clean up afterwards. The 3 hour window does not account for the time needed to stop by the inventory space in Oakland to pack ingredients.
Class Details:
Party groups are up to 16 kids
Ages range between 7-12
Lesson plans and ingredients will be provided!
Your Professional Growth:
If you are a culinary aficionado, aspiring chef or a culinary entrepreneur, this is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door within the culinary community and meet the right people! This position will provide valuable experience working within a successful nonprofit. You will have the opportunity to hone in on your organizational skills, time management, and leadership.
Your Team:
As Sprouts’ Birthday Party Chef Instructor you will have the support of our growing team of 13 full and part-time team members, several interns, and over 25 volunteers.
Your Office and Schedule:
Your office space will be different birthday party venues across the Bay Area! You will also be in and out of our inventory space in West Oakland.
General work hours: weekends
You will work with families throughout SF, the East Bay, and Marin!
Your hours will be based on the parents’ preferences, but allow 3 hours for setting up, cooking, and clean-up.
Skills and Requirements:
You must have:
Personal car
Teaching experience
Cooking experience
Weekend availability
Live in the Bay Area!
Flexible schedule
Commitments and Contract Period:
4 month commitment
4-8 hours/week

Compensation and Benefits:

$70 per birthday party

Please email your resume to sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org

Don’t miss this opportunity to work directly with chefs, nonprofit partners, Sprouts’ Executive Director, and local business owners to create meaningful programming for youth! At Sprouts Cooking Club, you will gain inimitable, first-hand experience working within a successful culinary nonprofit. You will have countless opportunities to meet influential players within the culinary world and work on a community project from start to finish!

Your Role:

Summer Camp Planner: Your role will be to plan the summer camp weeks for Sprouts. You will get to meet with chefs, farmers and nonprofit partners as you schedule in activities for each day. Farm and garden visits, grocery store and farmers market challenges, in-restaurant classes, and finale cook-offs will be of the essence!  You will work closely with Sprouts executive director and team members to receive insight onto former year’s itineraries, and feedback on ideas. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the interviewing and hiring on of Sprouts summer camp team! Ingredient sponsorship will also be included during this pre-camp phase.

 

Birthday Fundraising Program: Sprouts runs a Birthday Party Fundraising program; proceeds fund the chef training for struggling young adults in need of a fresh start. You will work to strengthen our systems, marketing, and the execution of our birthday party program. You will also teach birthday parties, and train other culinary instructors to teach.

 

Camp Director: As Camp Director, you will be the on-the-grounds camp rockstar as you work with your camp team leaders to keep each day’s itinerary running smoothly, and the culinary guests feeling welcomed! This stage will require a great deal of leadership, organization, and people skills! You will oversee our summer camp team which will include team member check-ins, and staff scheduling. You will make executive decisions throughout the camp day as unforeseen variables present themselves.

 

Sprouts Liaison: You will serve as a critical liaison between Sprouts chefs, partners, parents, Sprouts management team, and Sprouts summer team. Your voice will represent Sprouts mission! Meetings, group chats and texts, and email announcements will all be included in the line-up. Your voice will be heard, and your ideas and feedback will be crucial for the smooth execution of camps. Your ultimate goal is to create a positive camp experience for the parents, kids, chefs, and team!

 

Tangible Impact: All proceeds from the summer camps are donated to Sprouts Chef-in-Training Program, which provides chef training to youth in-need. Your immediate impact will also be felt acutely as you empower diverse, young kids to cook healthy meals for themselves and their communities. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a program that is really making a difference in our community.

Your professional growth:

This position will provide valuable experience working closely with the founder of a successful nonprofit. You will learn about various business models, accounting protocol, food safety and insurance. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You will learn the basics of scalability, marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.

Sample Tasks:

  • Pre-Camp: Chef and Itinerary Planning (20-40 hrs/ week)
  • Setting Up Summer Camp Team and Camp Itinerary

Sample Tasks

      • Email correspondence with chefs, partner farms and venues to work through summer camp logistics
      • Visits to farms, gardens, and restaurants to create site informationals for the summer camp team
      • Working with HR to recruit and interview an 8-person summer camp team
      • Soliciting camp sponsorships and ingredients sponsorships
      • Meeting with summer camp partners and host restaurants, farms, and gardens to discuss logistics
  • Camp Execution: Camp Co-Leader (40 hrs/ week)
  • Running Camps as a Co-Leader

Sample Tasks

    • Working alongside counselors to run educational camp activities such as knife skill exercises, culinary games, and blindfolded palate challenges.
    • Checking-in with camp counselors and Sprouts management team
    • Ensuring that scheduling and logistics run smoothly
    • Meeting parents at parent orientation and camp drop-off and pick-up
    • Thinking on your feet when things don’t go according to plan!
    • Assessing ingredients, equipment, and transportation needs
    • Setting a positive, cheerful, energetic tone for your team of counselors, campers, and parents
  • Birthday Party Lead: (5 hrs/ week)
  • Expanding and Executing Birthday Party Program

Sample Tasks

    • Working with Sprouts Chef-in-Training fundraising lead to build up our CIT fundraising birthday party program
    • Teaching birthday party classes
    • Improving the scalability of Sprouts birthday party program

*We want you to have a valuable experience and are happy to cater to your own goals and objectives. Please let us know in your cover letter what skills you would like to develop and grow so we can tailor the internship to meet your needs!

Locations and Hours

Location

  • PARISOMA Co-working space in SOMA, SF
  • Various Bay Area locations based on camp day

Commitments and Contract Period:

  • Sprouts Team: 9-5 p.m.
  • Pre-Camp hours: 20-40 hrs/ week. Schedule determined by selected candidate
  • Camp Hours: 8:00-4:00

Starting Period: January 9th, 2019

  • January 25th-April 15th, 20-40 hrs. per week
  • April 15th- August 20th, 40 hrs. per week

Opportunity for part and full-time employment post-summer

Skills and Requirements:

Strong organizational skills, high aptitude, strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Leadership skills. Culinary skills and comfort in the kitchen. Experience working with kids and problem solving on the fly. Must be incredibly organized and have a positive attitude even under stress.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $20/ hr

 

How to Apply:
We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to our Recruitment Manager at sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that explains why your skill set, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position

INTERNSHIPS

Your role
As Chef-in-Training Program Ambassador, you will be working directly with the Americorps VISTA Program and Event Manager to expand and execute the Chef-in-Training (CIT) program to help underserved Bay Area youth turn their lives around as they work in local restaurants training to become chefs. You will be working right alongside the Program and Event Manager on key logistics of Sprouts’ CIT Program. Your role will be to help organize online campaigns to raise money for these internships, writing grants to support the program, supporting youth through personal advising and in-restaurant check-ins, and visiting community partners to raise awareness of our program. You will play a key part of fostering strong relationships with Sprouts network of funders and securing support in our community. Overall, learning the behind-the-scenes of working in a fast-growing nonprofit.
Your position
As CIT Ambassador, you will have a direct impact in the lives of over 20 young adults; you will be personally helping at-risk and underserved youth change their lives around by setting them on a path of structure and guidance. During their internships, you will get to see their progress firsthand and be able to realize the effects and value of your work. You will help support the Program and Event Manager to share their stories with the community, the team, and our Board of Advisors, including Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver. It’s not everyday that you get to work with real chefs in real restaurants, helping underserved youth make huge changes to their lives and get on the right track.
Your professional growth
Your professional growth is of the utmost importance! Our Program and Event Manager, along with the rest of our team, will work closely with you on your professional growth, helping you draft specific goals and a timeline of action items to achieve your professional objectives. We will have you working directly with some of the sharpest talent in the Bay Area as you collaborate with top chefs in the area and foster strong relationships with restaurants. You’ll forge personal relationships with an array of nonprofit directors, sponsors, and foundations such as Kaiser, Salesforce and Wells Fargo. You will also develop leadership and project management skills as you work with Sprouts global director and the management team to spearhead fundraising campaigns and programs.
As a small nonprofit, you will also have very steep potential for growth on the team. Many team members have started with Sprouts and received promotions. There is a strong opportunity to be hired on and promoted after your position has finished.
You will learn about various business models, accounting rules, and nonprofit regulations as you participate and voice opinions during our team meetings. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You’ll learn the basics of business and accounting, expansion, and marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.
Sample projects include:
-Work with popular chefs and restaurants – expanding our outreach of restaurant partners, facilitating in-restaurant check ins with interns and mentor chefs
-Work with Americorps Filmmaker and volunteer photographer to organize media resources used to share the CIT intern’s culinary journeys with the community
-Plan and implement CIT program marketing strategy to raise awareness of the program within the community by sharing intern’s progress
-Complete a grant to secure funding for program expansion
Chef-in-Training Program Overview:
After partnering with Jamie Oliver and his team in 2012, Sprouts founded the Chef-in-Training Internship Program in the San Francisco Bay-Area. The Chef-in-training internship was directly modeled after his London-based Apprenticeship Program, Fifteen. Sprouts offers youth in underserved communities a chance to fuel their passion to become a chef through this culinary vocational training. It provides youth the skills needed to secure stable jobs in the food industry. This internship targets disadvantaged Bay Area youth between the ages of 16 – 24, providing them with a paid opportunity to gain real-time, real-life culinary job training. Interns 16 hours in their host restaurant every week, and their training is both reinforced and monitored with weekly check-ins led by a Sprouts’ advisor and their mentor chef so that each intern reaches his or her fullest potential. Not only do they work directly with their Sprouts’ chef mentor throughout the entire internship, but the Sprouts team and chef mentors also facilitate the interns’ job placement post-graduation.
An Overview of our CIT program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M08u1jzci58&t=4s
A CIT Success Story: Adrian Aguilar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEpLwx9hAlY&t=6s
Chef-in-training Video Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLkAO94OWYs (Has won international awards!)
Your team:
As CIT Ambassador, you will be working directly with Bay Area chefs and restaurants to structure and expand the Chef-in-Training program. You will be working alongside a team of 12 full-and-part-time team members, several interns, and 25 volunteers working to realize Sprouts’ mission. On top of this you will be working with the 10-20 CIT interns whose lives you are directly impacting.
Your office:
We are based in an office space in West Oakland, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with Sprouts’ fast-growing and dynamic team. You’ll also be heading to restaurants and other community organizations to promote Sprouts Chef-in-Training program.
Work hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 5
Sprouts office space in West Oakland
**Friday is a Remote work day**
Restaurant sites and community organization in San Francisco and East Bay
Commitments and Contract Period:
Flexible start date, 8 month posting, 20 hr/week minimum
Compensation and Benefits
-Volunteer position
-Transportation stipend offered to assist with commute to the office and off-site visits

How To Apply

 
We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org:

      • Resume
      • Letter of intent
      • Please confirm if you have a driver`s license and/or car
      • Please indicate where you live in the Bay Area, or if you will be relocating for the position!
Job Posting:
Sprouts is looking for a tech-savy applicant that wants to build up their website maintenance experience. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills all the while contributing to our mission of getting kids from all backgrounds the opportunity to cook and eat healthy, balanced meals! This position can be performed remotely or at our office at Paris SOMA in San Francisco!
Your professional growth:
This position will provide valuable experience working within a successful nonprofit. You will learn about various business models, accounting rules, and nonprofit regulations as you participate and voice opinions during our team meetings. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You will learn the basics of business and accounting, expansion and marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.
Sample Tasks:
Updating Sprouts website postings
Improving the user interface and experience of our website
Uploading media, articles, and videos into Sprouts website
Using Sprouts event templates to create event flyers for our website
Posting Eventbrite tabs to our website
Answering questions from our Facebook page
Analyzing Sprouts website traffic and developing strategy around user preferences and patterns
Creating Mailchimp ads
Uploading profiles of our Chef-in-Training interns
*We want you to have a valuable experience and are happy to cater to your own goals and objectives. Please let us know in your cover letter what skills you would like to develop and grow so we can tailor the internship to meet your needs!
Your team:
We are a small team of 9, including our CIT team, culinary instructors, HR, management, and accounting. We are grateful to work with 50+ volunteers and 75+ local chefs.
Skills and Requirements:
Candidates do not need prior experience although it is recommended!
Commitments and Contract Period:
8 months long
7-9 hours/week
Office in SOMA-SF at PariSoma Co-Working space
Compensation and Benefits:
$60/month
Want to work as a volunteer? You can choose to donate your monthly stipend to the sponsorship of one of our Chef-in-Training interns!
Job Posting:
Help us share Sprouts’ work and our mission of providing inspiring youth cooking classes, as our Social Media Intern! You will gain inimitable first-hand experience working within a successful culinary nonprofit, while honing in on your communication and outreach skills. Throughout your internship, you will have countless opportunities to meet impressive people in the culinary world including chefs, restaurateurs, and community members, develop your own ideas, and help execute Sprouts’ special mission of getting kids from all backgrounds the opportunity to cook and eat healthy, balanced meals!
Your role:
This internship will allow you to work with our dynamic team, developing and executing our social media content, all while gaining first-hand experience in a growing non-profit! This position can be performed remotely or at our office in West Oakland. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a program that is really making a difference in our community.
This position will expose you to the inner workings of a fast-growing nonprofit including programming, finances, partnership development and many more. Sprouts wants you to have a meaningful experience, and we are happy to cater to your own goals and personal growth!
Your professional growth:
This position will provide valuable experience working within a successful nonprofit. You will learn about various business models, accounting rules, and nonprofit regulations as you participate and voice opinions during our team meetings. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You will learn the basics of business and accounting, expansion and marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.
Sample Tasks:
– Creating content for and posting on our website blog
– Updating our social media accounts with new information and photos (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
– Using Sprouts event templates to create event flyers for our website
– Posting eventbrite tabs to our website
– Answering questions from our Facebook page
– Updating Sprouts website postings
– Uploading media, articles, and videos into Sprouts website
– Creating mailchimp ads
– Uploading profiles of our chef in training interns
*We want you to have a valuable experience and are happy to cater to your own goals and objectives. Please let us know in your cover letter what skills you would like to develop and grow so we can tailor the internship to meet your needs!
Your team:
As the Social Media Intern you will be working with our growing team of 16 full and part-time team members, several interns, and over 25 volunteers. You will also be working with our professional marketing team and consultants, and have the opportunity to be a part of our team and learn from each team member’s experience.
Your office:
We are based in West Oakland, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with Sprouts’ fast-growing and dynamic team. You have the option to join us in the office or work remotely. The office space is a wealth of interesting people, community-forward individuals and entrepreneurs.
Work hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 5
Office space in Downtown Oakland
**Wednesday and Friday Remote work days**
Skills and Requirements:
Strong organizational skills, high aptitude, familiarity and comfort with technology (especially different social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Leadership skills. Must have reliable access to a computer.
Commitments and Contract Period:
– Minimum of 10-15 hours/week with flexible availability
– Length of internship is 9 months
Compensation and Benefits:
You will gain valuable knowledge of the inner workings of a successful nonprofit, all while serving the community with your contribution to Sprouts. This position is unpaid.

SUMMER POSITIONS

Background

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST INTERNS/VOLUNTEERS

  • “Volunteering with sprouts was an awesome experience. Very smooth volunteer process, I’ve done it several times and get the right amount of reminders. Upon arrival, their operations director provides an overview of the program and then kids start arriving. The chefs always are excited to work with the kids and we always make such delicious foods and learn so much about cooking and health. It’s always awesome to see a shy or nervous child’s personality emerge while cooking. Sprouts is doing really amazing and necessary work in our community.”

    Casey A
    Event Assistant
  • “I felt that even in my short summer with this organization, I had made a large impact for many. My time with Sprouts Cooking Club has been challenging, equipping, and growing.  As an intern, I enjoyed dipping my hands in the many moving parts of this living and growing organization. It was a real joy and I hope to collaborate with Sprouts in the future!”

    Tiffany Xu
    Founder's Assistant
  • “The summer I spent interning with Sprouts was an extremely formative and engaging. Being able to enter a workplace where people are just as passionate and excited about food and the power it has in bringing people together as I am was amazing and really exciting. As soon as you join the team you are trusted with responsibilities and are made to feel like your opinions and work count for something in the larger organization. Working with a collaborative team was very helpful as I was able to gain real-time feedback and work through my tasks with the diverse perspectives of my team. Working with Sprouts has not only provided me with working experience but a community with a network that I know I can rely on.”

    Isabel Ling
    Office Assistant

HOW TO APPLY

We can’t wait to review your application! Applications with are on a rolling basis, so apply now! Please fill out this Google Form, and then send the following to laura.rothman@sproutscookingclub.org.
Required Materials:
      • Curriculum Vitae (resume)
      • 300-400 word-count cover letter that explains why your skill set, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position
Application Process: Initial phone/video interview. Written/in person trial assignment. Final in-person interview.
Letter of Recommendation: At the completion of the internship, the general director writes letters of recommendation for all outstanding interns.

GET IN TOUCH


BAY : (510) 680-3614
Sprouts Office

3206 Hannah Street
Office #1
Oakland CA 94608

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