Volume 12 - Issued June 2013
talize the community garden so that residents could grow their own healthy food.
...through youth-led Community Service Action Projects iewing youth as assets to their communities is a core principle of positive youth development – they are problem solvers, not problems to be fixed. And when given opportunities to create change, youth also develop the skills and motivation to bring success to their own lives. A core element of every Solar Youth program is the C-SAP (Community Service Action Project) Cycle. After exploring their communities as a team, youth identify and research issues in their environment, choose a solution, develop an action plan, take action and then evaluate the results (see steps page 7). Through this process, which they repeat season after season, year after year, SY Stewards become skilled problem solvers. In 2012, youth initiated 37 unique C-SAPs, including 13 neighborhood, river and park clean-ups, 6 beautification projects and 7 advocacy projects. For example, youth in Leaders-in-Training (Solar Youth’s leadership program for 7th and 8th graders) at John S. Martinez School in Fair Haven were concerned with rising violence in their com-
munity. LITs decided to take action to reclaim their streets. They canvassed the neighborhood and discovered that businesses and home owners couldn’t afford security lights. LITs decided to raise money through a bake sale and car wash and bought solar-powered security lights to donate to businesses in the neighborhood, lighting up the streets and making their neighborhood safer.
“People always say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, in Westville Manor, the children are raising the village” n Westville Manor, the public housing development where Solar Youth’s office is located, evidence of youth-led change is everywhere – garden beds, a park trail, signs welcoming visitors to the neighborhood, and once drab plywood covering the windows of empty units painted vibrant colors. In 2012, youth also worked to revi-
These types of projects have multiple benefits – they provide the opportunity for youth to develop problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership skills, while also contributing to a safer, healthier more positive New Haven. They also help change the image of youth in their own communities. A Westville Manor resident, while taking a tour of the youthconstructed Solar Youth Trail and Bridge in West Rock Ridge State Park, said it best – “People always say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, in Westville Manor, the children are raising the village!”
Joanne Sciulli Executive Director
Kenyétta Banks-Smith Program Director
Gameliel Moses Senior Educator
Candace Jones Operations Manager
Jack Phillips Dir. of External Relations Program Staff
Chisom Amaechi Amanda Bancroft Kate Biller Josh Danis Nicole Dunnaville* Robert Goehrke Dominique Hart Jamika Henry* Hallie Martenson Shakila McKnight* Benjamin Michalak Sarah Morrison Sara Servin Troy Smith* Sam Weiser Rodnesha Williams* (*=SY alum) Public AllY
2012 was a year for reflection at Solar Youth. As we began our second Strategic Plan process (still in the works!), we stepped back to look at the broader picture of our work and how it affects the communities we serve. We are grateful for the amazing families and youth that allow us to be part of their lives. We are proud of the work we’ve done, but also recognize how much there is left to do. In 2012, gun shootings occurred in two of our neighborhoods, within yards of staff as they waited for youth. While there have always been shootings in the neighborhoods we serve (we target those with the fewest resources and greatest need), we have NEVER seen them occur as kids are getting home from school. This is a change that caused us to have difficult conversations about issues of safety for staff and if a neighborhood is ever “too dangerous,” and also create emergency response and “postshooting” protocols. Living with not just the fear of violence, but in fact witnessing it time and again, is part of growing up in many of New Haven’s neighborhoods and has become part of the challenge we face as an organization. But above this and many other challenges, we are more moved by the tremendous value in the work of Solar Youth and its young Stewards, as I hope you will be while turning the pages of this newsletter. Solar Youth staff work tirelessly to guide our youth to a future in which THEY play a pivotal role in creating communities that are safer, greener, and healthier, while also building brighter futures for themselves. We are so grateful to you, our FOSY, as partners in this work. As you read through these pages, we hope that you, too, will reflect on the amazing things that YOU help make happen. I hope we can continue to count on you as partners in this shared mission. Sincerely,
Julie Carson Yale University Summer Fellows
Lucy Arthur-Paratley Maya Torain Senior Youth Program Interns
Malik Burress Cristina Cavalliery Niamke Ellis Rigoberto Escalera Royshon Ferguson Quintaisja Harrison Jorell James Montrell Johnson Odessa Little Martineesha Parker Rashawna Peterson Marangely Quezada David Roman III Paulina Rosario Alers Jamesha Rumley Kayla Sanders Norman Edward SmithHarrison, III Naomy Velez Natasha Velez Randall Wright, Jr.
Joanne Sciulli Founder and Executive Director
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Youth Served Internships Offered Field Trips and Off-site Explorations Steward-led Community Service Action Projects Steward-led Public Education Projects % of Parents who would recommend SY ...and who want their child to attend SY again
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...the number of youth served has increased by 28%! ...the number of C-SAPs completed has grown by 48%!! ...and the number of internships offered more than tripled!!!
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According to one of her educators, Curtisy is “polite, respectful, a great listener, and always eager to learn more about the world. Best of all, she is ALWAYS a role model for others.” Curtisy has been a role model since she joined Solar Youth in 2009, at just 4 years old. Since then, she has participated in over 20 C-SAPs including a Friendship Campaign to encourage friendship among her peers, flower plantings all over her neighborhood, several community clean ups, and raised money for issues she believes in like homelessness and animal rights. In February, Curtisy visited the Capitol in Hartford to advocate for including youth programs like Solar Youth in the state budget. In front of a room full of legislators, Curtisy confidently proclaimed, “Solar Youth is important to me because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t get the word out about littering and I wouldn’t be having fun with all these people.” Hats off to you, Curtisy!
Once you meet Julio, you’ll never forget him. A confident ball of joy and energy, Julio brings unlimited enthusiasm to every program! Solar Youth staff know that if there’s someone who wants to learn more about Solar Youth, send Julio to them and they’ll learn everything! He constantly demonstrates skills like public speaking, networking, and relationship building – talents that have grown stronger over his time in Solar Youth. Since joining SY in 2011, Julio has helped lead 16 C-SAPS. He led his team in the construction of a trail bridge in West Rock Park, enthusiastically cleaned up his neighborhood, and planted perennials in the Solar Youth front yard. In the Fall of 2012, Julio had an idea – to start a campaign against what he called “verbal violence” and to encourage his peers to speak more kindly to each other. He led his team in making posters and fliers, and handed them out in the neighborhood. When asked why he loves Solar Youth so much, Julio responded, “It helped me learn more and do well in school.” Way to go, Julio!
“Because of Solar Youth, I’m becoming a better friend and a better employee.” -Rigo
Rigo has impressed us time and time again since he joined Solar Youth Summer Camp as a participant in 2009. In 2011, Rigo joined our staff as a Youth Educator. It only took a few days for everyone to forget that he was the youngest one in the bunch. Rigo showed that he was a dedicated, responsible worker, committed to being the very best Educator he could be. By the end of his second season, he was designing his own environmental education curriculum, a responsibility usually assigned to
Senior Interns. It became clear very early on that the hardest thing about working with Rigo was finding new challenges for him to tackle! Only having interned with Citycology programs for our youngest Stewards, Rigo requested working with an older age group. We granted his request, but with the stipulation that he treat the program like his own. He has more than conquered that task! “It’s like having another adult educator in the room!” says his current adult Educator partner.
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Youth Teaching Youth
ITYCOLOGY is Solar Youth’s yearround program for 4 to 8 year olds, taught by trained teenage Youth Educators (many who grew up in Solar Youth). Citycology Stewards learn about local ecology through outdoor exploration, participate in adventures to parks and museums and design and implement their first Community Service Action Projects (C-SAPs) and Public Education Projects (PEPs). Citycology is held in all three of Solar Youth’s target neighborhoods during the school year and as a camp in summer.
“Since joining Solar Youth, [my son] is getting along with other kids better, sharing more, and fighting less with other kids.” -Citycology Parent
2012 was a year of change and fantastic achievement from our youngest cohort of youth. In the Spring, Citycology was piloted in our new neighborhood, Newhallville, in partnership with Faith Temple Deliverance Center. Citycology youth spent the summer going on adventures, learning about their ecosystem, and putting together their very first stage play (see below)! In the Fall, new Coordinator Sarah Morrison brought her passion for school readiness and added amazing new curriculum like “word of the day” and other lessons that focused on building grade-level core competencies. Each season was capped with a Community Service Action Project. In the Spring, youth decided to raise money through bake sales and used proceeds to help sick children at the Connecticut Medical Center, buy trash barrels for their neighborhood to reduce litter, and to plant flower bulbs. In the Fall, despite the cold weather, snowstorms, and hurricane Sandy, youth did two neighborhood cleanups, and raised money for
toys and formula for homeless animals at a local shelter. As always, their caring and helpful attitudes blew everyone away!
During 2012 Citycology Summer Camp, thanks to a grant from the Mayor’s Community Arts Grant Program, our youngest Stewards created and performed their very own play - Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax a tale about the dangers of consumption to the environment and the importance of conservation. Youth worked with Solar Youth Educator Hallie Martenson to adapt it to the stage. The goal was to promote literacy, environmental awareness and confidence through performance. For our youngest participants (4 and 5 year olds), it meant developing animal noises and movements for the creatures Dr. Seuss imagined in his fantastical tale, and for older participants ( 6 to 8 year olds), it meant memorizing lines and acting for the very first time! It was a youth-led production from the beginning. Youth wrote the play, made the costumes, and even voted on who would be cast in the title role! The performance was a huge success, with over 60 people in attendance! Way to go cast and crew of The Lorax!
Youth Across the City Explore! Do! Teach! teward Teams are our after-school programs for 9 to 13 year olds. In 2012, Solar Youth offered Teams in two schools and 3 neighborhoods. Following the Kids Explore!
Kids Do! Kids Teach! program model, adult educators work in partnership with teenage Youth Educators. Below are some highlights from C-SAP’s this past year!
Spring: While walking home from a scavenger hunt, youth saw that the West River near their home was full of trash, so organized a river cleanup. Donning water shoes, Stewards waded into the stream to fish out litter blocking the waterway! Fall: Youth noticed that the trail near their houses was full of litter. They organized themselves into a Clean Up Team, and collected 6 giant bags of trash!
Spring: Stewards recognized offensive graffiti as a problem in their neighborhood, especially on their playground. They constructed a large graffiti wall and invited the community to write positive and encouraging messages! Fall: Youth noticed the lack of color and beauty in their neighborhood, so they planted bulbs all around the neighborhood. When they bloomed the next Spring the area looked more beautiful and welcoming to visitors.
Spring: Newhallville Steward Team’s very first opportunity to plan a service project! They wished their neighborhood had more flowers and plants, and made it happen! They planted 20 perennials along the road in front of the Faith Temple Deliverance Center (our amazing host for the year!) to bring beauty and cheer to their surround-
ings. Fall: Stewards grew concerned for stray animals who didn’t have a warm home to escape the cold. They chose to support local animal shelters by baking organic dog biscuits to donate to hungry homeless animals! Spring: The 4th grade Steward Team decided to put a creative spin on the classic litter clean up – they made it a competition! They handed out decorated t-shirts as prizes to the 10 people that picked up the most trash! 5th and 6th grade Stewards educated people on the dangers of drunk driving with a video PSA! Fall: Concerned about youth who experience violent trauma, youth edu-
cated their peers about staying safe and reporting abuse through fliers, posters, and brochures!
Spring: The 5th grade Team decided to clean-up the West River near their school, while the 6th grade did a clean-up of trails in Edgewood Park and hung homemade signs along the trail reminding hikers that keeping the environment clean is up to everyone that enjoys it! Fall: Like the Newhallville Team, Barnard Stewards grew concerned for stray animals as the weather grew colder. They made a video PSA to educate people about the causes of and solutions for the homeless animal population in New Haven!
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Moving through the Cycle, Stepping Up to lead! eaders-in-Training is bigger than ever! LIT provides 7th and 8th graders who have come up through the Cycle of Stewardship with advanced leadership training, situating them as role models for the first time. In 2012, LIT was offered at 4 of 5 Solar Youth’s program sites. In the Spring, Leaders in Training was offered in just Westville Manor. As veteran Stewards, LITs decided that it was most important that they begin to act as mentors to younger youth and help educators and interns run programs. So youth became official helpers in programs once a week. They spent another day planning their CSAP and the “Solar Star“ trip— a Saturday adventure for youth with perfect attendance.
In the Fall , LIT expanded to Solar Youth’s two school-based sites: John Martinez School and Barnard Environmental Magnet School. These Stewards were thrilled to have the opportunity to graduate to a new program with more responsibility! And Educators were excited to have these amazing youth, who they witnessed mature into amazing leaders, in program once a week as helpers. LITs also designed and implemented C-SAPs over the course of the school year. At Barnard, LITs were concerned about children who were undergoing painful treatments at Smilow Cancer Hospital – so they decided to brighten their holidays with a toy drive! They collected over 40 toys, wrapped them in colorful paper, and delivered them to the treatment center downtown. At John Martinez, youth chose to address street violence that plagues parts of their Fair Haven neighborhood. After speaking with community residents and doing research, they raised over $100 to buy solarpowered motion-activated security lights to install on the most dangerous corners of their neighborhood!
Westville Manor LITs and Coordinator Robbie
n January, while most New Haven kids hibernate, Solar Youth Stewards continue to explore! The Winter of 2012 was one of the most exciting yet! Winter Explorers is designed to get kids outside during the winter as much as possible. It’s all made possible through a partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program. They supply our youth with cold weather gear so they can hit the trails and still stay warm and toasty.
In Westville Manor, while researching how to address violence in their community, LITs
The mild Winter of 2013 allowed our explorers to spend more time outside than ever! For the first time, Winter Explorers came to West Hills, and youth from that neighborhood were able to experience winter Solar Youth style. They went on several hikes in nearby West Rock Ridge State Park, learned about hibernation and migration, and participated in an ageold Solar Youth tradition: Hot Cocoa Talk!
LIT trip to the top of East Rock Park
discovered that children who read at the appropriate level by the time they are in the third grade are 90% less likely to ever be incarcerated for a violent crime. They responded by collecting and organizing over 150 books, and making plans to distribute them to their community this spring. Now that’s leadership!
ervice/Adventure Crew allows youth to take full leadership over explorations of their neighborhood and surrounding environment. At the beginning of each season, youth do a giant brainstorm, listing service projects they would like to perform in their neighborhood, and adventures they want to take. Educators then facilitate the creation of a program timeline and BOOM!, a season of Service/Adventure is born.
In the Spring, youth kicked the season off with a massive litter cleanup, collecting 7 giant bags of trash in just over an hour! In response to his Stewards’ service project idea, Miguel, our rock star Service Adventure Intern, used what he had learned about gardening from school, and helped youth construct a raised garden bed. Youth started seeds of herbs, tomatoes, and peas, and replanted them once they sprouted at
the end of the season! Their season was full of adventure, too. Youth hiked to Judge’s Cave, explored the nearby Pond Lily Preserve, and performed scavenger hunts. On one very special rainy day, they made their own ice cream in plastic bags!
In the Fall, youth spent every day outside, creating a trail from their neighborhood into the Pond Lily Preserve. They also went on regular hikes in the nearby West Rock Ridge State Park, using headlamps to light the way in the dark!
painted the Solar Youth bridge, and did several trash cleanups in their neighborhood. They also held a bake sale, raising money for children born with heart defects. Youth were also concerned about bullying in their neighborhood and started a campaign to end verbal violence, going door to door to ask neighbors to sign an agreement to speak kindly to other people. For adventures, Stewards trekked up to Judge’s Cave and Lake Wintergreen, and practiced orienteering near the West Rock Nature Center and Wintergreen Brook!
In 2012 we piloted a Service Adventure Summer program, designed to serve the youth who cannot go to camp because they have summer school. Led by Sam Weiser and Solar Youth’s Volunteer of the Year Joshua Danis, every afternoon youth were given the opportunity to have adventures, learn and explore!
Nearly every day saw Stewards hitting the trail to perform service projects and explore their local environment. Stewards were also bitten by the gardening bug, and decided to completely revamp the Solar Youth office’s backyard, turning the soil, building raised beds, and planting flowers and vegetables. They also re-cleared the Solar Youth trail, prepping it for the hiking season, re-
During every Spring Break, Solar Youth runs a three-day program where Stewards focus on one theme as they Explore! Do! and Teach! The theme in 2012 was BIG FOOD! They made ice cream, visited the Peabody Museum, and shared what they learned.
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Citycology Summer Camp, for youth ages 4-8, was offered once again at Clarence Rogers Elementary School in West Rock (see page 3). But in 2012, Steward Camp (for 9 to 13 year olds) moved to Barnard Environmental Magnet School in the West River neighborhood. Below are some of the summerâ€™s highlights!
Camping at Devilâ€™s Hopyard in East Haddam The eagerly anticipated overnight to East Haddam was complete with tent-building, night hikes, stories by a campfire, and a hike Lighthouse State Park to the river. This camping trip highlighted all Stewards spent the day exploring the beach, the interpersonal skills that Stewards pracidentifying different creatures they found, ticed all season. playing large group games, and enjoying the scenery. The day concluded with a short visit to the splash park to cool off! Outer Island This highly eventful day starting with a ferry ride to Outer Island. Once on the island, Stewards completed a scavenger hunt to look for local critters, and learned about the effects of invasive species, specifically the Asian Shore Crabs! Biking at Edgewood Park During this highly-anticipated biking adventure, Stewards demonstrated their capacity for kindness and support. While biking through Edgewood Park, youth shared bicycles with one another. New Britain Rock Cats Game On this very special trip, Stewards got the chance to watch the New Britain Rock Cats play the Binghamton Mets. Most of our Stewards had never seen a live professional sporting event before, and by the end of the day, baseball chants and Solar Youth songs were sung side by side!
"At first my thought of camp was him not learning anything or he was going to take it as a joke. I was wrong. He learned so much. I've seen progress every day. I'm so proud and thankful for the Solar Youth program. I would recommend this program to every mom."
opinions that surround both legal and illegal hunting in the state of Connecticut. They were touched by the plight of the White Tailed Deer, which is currently legally hunted in the United States. Youth set out to form their own opinions about the issue, and made a movie about their journey. C-SAP: Litter Clean-up at Edgewood Park Focusing on the problem of littering in their community, Stewards decided to spend a day cleaning up one of their beloved local parks. With the hope that leading by example would encourage others to stop littering in their community, youth cleaned their local park with energy and spirit! By the end of the day, they had four full bags of trash to show for their hard work!
C-SAP: Effects of Oil Spills on Oceans After hearing several news stories throughout the year, Stewards chose to address the impact of oil spills as an issue that was im-Solar Youth Parent portant to them. After researching the issue, they realized that oil spills not only harm animal and plant life in the oceans, but also For our Stewards, summer is also a time for can harm humans! While completing reservice! Below are the C-SAPs that youth search, they also learned the many ways oil performed in their environments and com- spills can be avoided, and decided to inform their friends, family and legislators to premunities over the summer. vent oil spills from ever happening again! C-SAP: Hunting in Connecticut Stewards decided to research the different
At the end of each program season, Stewards gather to present what they learned and accomplished with Solar Youth at a Public Education Forum (PEF). In front of their peers, families and community members, Stewards, with guidance from their Youth Educator Interns, sing songs, recite poems, perform skits and give presentations on the community and environmental issues they tackled during the season. A special thanks to our PEF hosts in 2012: the Yale AfroAmerican Cultural Center, City Hall, the New Haven Public Library and Catherine Brennan School! One of our long-term youth, TJ (bottom left), was too nervous to go onstage during the Citycology Summer Camp’s production of the Lorax. A naturally shy person, he opted to hand out programs to audience members as they filtered in instead. After camp was over, he confided in his educator that he regretted not going on stage and performing. So when it came time to ask for volunteers to give a speech at Solar Youth’s Public Education Forum, TJ’s hand shot up! Not only did he give a speech, but he did a fantastic job, overcoming his fear of public speaking.
Way to go, TJ!
Our end-of-season celebrations are a time for youth and staff to “let loose.” Outdoors in May and indoors in December, youth and adult staff put on a carnival-like field day full of games, costumes, karaoke, face-painting and more. Solar Youth is not all hiking and cleanups...We are great dancers too!
And occasionally we throw in a little friendly BOYS versus GIRLS competition. Who do you think won this tug-of-war?
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s youth move through the Cycle of Stewardship, the highest achievement of their Solar Youth journey is the Youth Educator Internship. Teens, almost all past Solar Youth participants, are intensively trained to co-lead either Citycology, Steward Team or Service/Adventure programs. In Citycology, Interns are the primary educators for our youngest cohort – they learn and eventually develop their own curriculum and lead games that teach both social skills and environmental concepts. In Steward Teams and Service/Adventure, Youth Educators work in partnership with adult educators to lead youth through curriculum, service projects, and adventures in nearby parks and wilderness.
*(% who responded that they agreed or significantly agreed)
My work ethic has improved ....................... 85% I’m better prepared for future employment 93% I’m motivated to continue my education .... 88% I’m committed to living a healthier lifestyle 88%
Each season, youth spend 2 to 3 weeks participating I’m more sensitive to the impact of my in an intensive training to learn best practices for working with youth, build relationships with each other, and have a whole lot of actions on the environment ...................... 94% fun! Trainings include visits from outside facilitators, such as Joe Brummer from Community Mediation, who teaches Nonviolent They used a map and compass to lead their own hike and navigate Communication. Also, for years Lynn Smith from START through the woods; participated in outdoor workshops Community Bank has delivered her wildly popular about Leave No Trace principals; and roasted marshLoot Camp training about financial management mallows and sang songs around an open fire. "I am more prompt and responsibility. and know what is ap- Every day our interns blow us away with their Pre-season training includes a camping retreat propriate and not in the creativity, sense of caring, and can-do attitude. to learn outdoor skills and build trust as a team. We have no doubt that these young people will Interns spent their retreat at Joe Dodge Lodge in work place. I am also a go on to do incredible things with their lives! New Hampshire in the spring and Noble View better people person." Outdoor Center in Massachusetts in the fall.
Tubing during Spring Staff Training Retreat in New Hampshire
Hiking near Noble View Camp during Fall Staff Training Retreat
reen Jobs Youth Development is a paid internship program in which teenagers develop their job and leadership skills and learn about the Green Jobs industry while executing stewardship projects that improve their communities. A Spring 2012 highlight was a trip to New York City to learn about the city’s history and sustainability initiatives. They visited the Highline, the Central Park Zoo and took a boat ride around Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty. At the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) youth saw exhibits that examined how design responds to pressing contemporary needs, like food security in developing countries and sustainable practices in an urban setting in everyday life. Service projects included an antihunger campaign in which Interns developed packets with information on food resources in New Haven, which they then distributed throughout McConaughy Terrace; and designing and distributing
Green Jobs Interns at MOMA in New York City
pins that addressed issues of violence, racism, and drug use throughout Westville Manor.
“I have learned many new things, met many good people, and gained many skills I can use in the future.”
Unfortunately, due to funding challenges, we have not been able to run Green Jobs since the spring of 2012. But we are working hard to bring it back because having opportunities for youth in the teen years, along with supports and relationships, is critical to their journey towards success.
-Green Jobs Intern
Landscaping a yard in Westville Manor
olar Youth’s in school program, Hands-On Outdoor Learning Adventure, utilizes an experiential approach to learning science. Our curriculum is aligned with Connecticut Science Standards and offers Stewards an opportunity to learn through hands-on activities including songs, games and movement. HOLA reinforces concepts learned in the classroom using different strategies
to appeal to multiple intelligences. n partnership with the Barnard Environmental Magnet School, every 2nd to 5th grade student (a total of 220 kids!) participates in the program. Sessions are held at Barnard Nature Center and the West River Memorial Park, giving students an opportunity to learn about the wildlife and habitats in their school’s backyard.
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Solar Youth depends on partnerships to provide wrap-around services for our youth and support for explorations and Community Service Action projects. We couldn't do our work without them!!
Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program: gear, outdoor training and wilderness accommodations
Clifford Beers Clinic: mental health services and staff trainings
Common Ground High School: program space, compost & soil and wonderful neighborliness
Community Mediation: conflict resolution and nonviolent communication training
DataHaven.org: help with all sorts of data needs Faith Temple Deliverance Center: in-kind program space in Newhallville
Housing Authority of Greater New Haven: in-kind space at two program sites
New Haven Dept of Parks, Recreation and Trees: canoe and kayak rentals and local facilities
New Haven Land Trust: facilitating youth engagement in Pond Lily restoration
New Haven Public Schools: hosts of two program sites Shake Shack: public promotion and in-kind treats Southern Connecticut State University Service Team: hosting college tours, painting the SY office and helping Stewards during C-SAPs
Start Community Bank: financial literacy workshops Youth Development Training & Resource Center:
Cedar Tree Foundation Community Fnd. for Greater New Haven Connecticut State Dept. of Social Services New Haven Public Schools Perrin Family Foundation Barnes Foundation Dorr Foundation Greater New Haven Green Fund Samuel & Helene Soref Foundation Tauck Foundation Anna F. Ardenghi Trust • Bank of America Charitable Foundation • CEIO • Charter Oak Foundation • City of New Haven • First Niagara • George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation • NewAlliance Foundation • Lewis G. Schaeneman Foundation • Scott’s Miracle Grow Company • Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation • Morris Wessel Fund • United Illuminating • Valley Community Foundation • Watershed Fund
youth development training for new SY staff
SOLAR: Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, First Niagara Bank, Stratton Faxon LUNAR: Annie E. Casey Fnd, Citizens Bank, Svigals + Partners EARTHLY: A-1 Toyota, Carmody & Torrance LLP, Design Monsters, Higher One, Jack Hughes, IKEA, Southern Connecticut State University, Start Community Bank, Sunlight Solar Energy
Joe DeNicola, Chair Aviv Aviad, Treasurer Amanda Nugent, Secretary Shakila McKnight, Youth Member Jennifer Milikowsky Patrick Redding Joanne Sciulli Mariann Van Buren
2012 Friends of Solar Youth BOLD=SUPERFOSY (gifts over $200) Underline=Best Friend FOSY (5+ years of Giving) LARGER FONT: Forever FOSY (10+ Years of giving)
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“Solar Youth has helped me become a better person in school, home, and in the community.” -Isa, Solar Youth Intern
“The hike up East Rock was the best day of my life! Solar Youth is the best after-school program ever!” -Jaylin, age 9 53 Wayfarer Street New Haven, CT 06515 (203) 387-4189
“I learned that we should not underestimate whether or not a kid can make a change.” -Andy, Solar Youth Intern
firstname.lastname@example.org “[My son] has come a long way since he came to Solar
Youth because he was going through so much at home. Solar Youth helped him stay focused and not worry all the time. He's much happier.” “Since joining Solar Youth, my child is more active with community activities. She's more social with others and improved in her social skills and is learning quite a few things about nature. She really loves it.”
Solar Youth Stewards spend day after day, week after week, and year after year on their Solar Youth Journey! Cherish and Romell are just two examples, of many!
Project and program highlights, youth profiles and impact outcomes from 2012!