OFG VIP Program

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Join the Official Food Geek VIP Ambassadors program today! This program is a flexible way to serve as an IFTSA volunteer throughout the year, on your own schedule. Registration for new members is always open. Spread the word about IFTSA and you will have the opportunity to build your resume, meet students from around the world, as well as earn some IFTSA swag.

How does it work?

Sign-up. Get involved. Earn points. There will be several opportunities each month to earn points. Point opportunities will range in time commitment, from sharing posts via social media to generating blog posts for the IFTSA blog, Science Meets Food. Points = Status.  Status = Swag.  Earn gear that is exclusive for OFG VIP’s. Points will reset January 1st of each year. 

VIP Status Tiers

  • Member: 50 points - Popsockets
  • Bronze OFG VIP: 250 points - Water bottle
  • Silver OFG VIP: 500 points - Padfolio
  • Gold OFG VIP: 750 points - Backpack
  • Platinum OFG VIP: 1000 points - OFG VIP pin

Apart from IFT swag, OFG VIP’s will have access to additional perks:

  • Reserved spots to volunteer on-site at the IFT 18 Annual Event (top 2 members by point value).
    • Member may not receive more than one travel scholarship from IFT or IFTSA
  • Exclusive first access to upcoming programs and other IFT volunteer opportunities
  • OFG VIP of the Month

What you gain by signing up to be an OFG VIP:

  • Resume strengthening
  • Network development
  • IFTSA volunteer experience

Involvement in IFTSA’s OFG VIP ambassador program is open to any IFT student member.

How to start?

Student members must opt in to the program by signing up here. We will contact you soon with your VIP member number. Be sure to use the email that is linked to your google drive account. You can begin to earn points after completing different opportunities throughout the year. Members must simply add their point earning opportunities to a google sheet to receive credit for their work. Attendance of at least two quarterly calls during the year is necessary. Quarterly calls will include information regarding upcoming IFTSA events and activities, platform for question and answers with the IFTSA President, recognition of volunteer of the month, etc.

Point Opportunities for Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 ONLY:

  • OFG VIP sign-up = (50 points)
  • New member recruited to IFT (100 points per new IFT member)
  • Blog post published in Science Meets Food (50 points per post)
  • Quarterly virtual OFG VIP call participation (25 points per call)
  • Joining IFT Connect OFG VIP Group (10 points)
  • IFTSA social media public share (at least 3 posts on Facebook or Twitter) (10 points per month)
  • IFT Connect post in student group discussion with a maximum of 3/month (10 points per post)
  • IFTSA Global Summit participation (25 points)
  • OFG VIP survey completion (15 points per survey)
  • IFT Division student leadership position (50 points per semester)
  • IFT Division student member (10 points per division - max 3)
  • IFT Section student leadership position (50 points per year)
  • Section event attendance (10 points per event)
  • Feeding Tomorrow student volunteer (50 points per semester)
  • 10-minute OFG VIP Presentation to student group about student membership (50 points per presentation)
  • IFTSA Chapter Leader/Executive Board member (60 points per semester)
  • IFTSA task force/committee member/appointed position member (50 points per opportunity)
  • IFTSA Area Meeting Chair or Competition Chair (60 points per term)
  • IFTSA Board of Directors Member (60 points per term)
  • Contribute to a community outreach event involving the science of food – could include volunteering at a table, presenting, welcoming guests, etc (50 points per event)
  • IFTSA competition submission (30 points per competition – for team competitions, name must appear on the team roster)
  • Reward points for status from previous year (Platinum = 150 points, Gold = 100 points, Silver = 50 points, Bronze = 25 points)
  • Scientific/research-based oral or poster presentation (excluding student competitions) at IFT annual meeting (30 points per presentation)
  • Involved in IFT/IFTSA in a different way? Suggest another opportunity for points!

Points will be assessed during the first week of the month and prizes sent out second week. Points reset on September 1st of each year.

For questions regarding IFTSA social media platforms please contact Amanda Sia.

For questions regarding divisions, sections, or any other volunteer role please contact Amy Clarke Sievers.

For all other questions contact iftsa.vip@gmail.com.


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