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Last year we asked staff to record “Sunshine Moments” to share with the people who make all we do possible. The following snapshots were captured by our Public Ally, Robert Goehrke, as examples of what could happen on any day at Solar Youth.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rebecca Gratz Chair

Aviv Aviad Treasurer

Kieran Coleman

halil, one of our long-time youth, has always been terrified of heights. He would stay away from the scenic overlooks on our hikes. During our 4-day camping trip, we stayed for one night near a 60 ft fire tower. Others screamed with delight as they climbed up and down the spiraling staircase. Khalil stayed clear. Later that night, he ventured half way up. The following morning, he climbed all the way to the top. He glowed with pride the rest of the day, having conquered his fear. A week later, when asked to write his favorite part of the trip, he said "When I was on the top of C a t f i s h Tower."

Volume 9 - Issued May 2010

2009 Year-in-Review


t the end of the Going Green segment of our Leaders In Training Program [pg 8], youth decided they would collect signatures on a “Pledge to Save Energy.” Talaina, Quannetta and I set out on the New Haven Green. "I'm nervous," Talaina confessed. Quannetta and I agreed. The two girls shuffled up to their first potential pledger. "What?" he asked, in Interns climbing Catfish Tower during fall staff retreat response to their muffled request. They explained again that they of the youth said. "I think that all the were collecting signatures to use less trash that's littered on the street will get energy. "Oh,” he said. “Okay." Their taken away by the rain water. It will go faces lit up! They hardly thanked the down the street, into the sewer, and man before asking if they could apthen eventually into the river and then proach the woman walking towards the ocean." You could see the wheels us. I told them they could ask whomturning in her head. "So we shouldn't ever they wished. With each chance, litter, because it will eventually make their delivery became crisper, their its way to the water, and hurt the fish!" smiles broader, and their posture taller. They say you I was proud of them. More importantly, retain 20% of they were proud of themselves. what you hear, but 80% of what fter finishing the "Fred the Fish" lesyou discover for son (whose water gets polluted by yourself. I don't trash, fertilizer, and toxic waste), we think she'll forget looked out the window at the rain that lesson any coming down. "I have a thought," one time soon. x



Joe Denicola Nicole Dunnaville Youth Member

Norris Haynes Rachel Hereema Cathy Jones

In August, we took 5 young women on a 5 day adventure with the support of Community Foundation’s Women & Girls Fund and AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program. The girls shared the role of leader and were responsible for

Scott Little Shakila McKnight Youth Member

Donald Smith Joanne Sciulli Kate Walton

L to R: Beth, Rosie, Abby, Shakila, Natasha, Naomy


see our 2009 accomplishments and how

food shopping, meals, packing and more. Here is what explorer Rosie Roman has to say about the trip: “Going on this trip to New Hampshire was very exciting. I had never gone camping in tents or cooked outside in a fire pit. I am proud of making it to the top of Mount Cardigan. It took us 4 hours to get up, but 2 to get down. The view at the top was the most beautiful I had ever seen. This trip taught me that there is a lot I can do if I have the opportunity. I will never forget the happy faces of all the other girls when we were spending time together. We all got along naturally with no problems, and we all enjoyed ourselves. Maybe hopefully one day

we will all go back. Having that experience was wonderful.” We are planning the next trip in August 2010, thanks to the grant’s renewal!! x

Descending from Mount Cardigan’s 3,121ft summit

Kids Explore! Kids Do! Kids Teach!

2009 Adult Staff Joanne Sciulli

Incredible! Solar Youth turns 10 this November! Ten years old … double digits...thanks to you and your support. Thanks to the amazing youth who inspire us every day. Thanks to incredible staff who create amazing youth development opportunities through exploration of New Haven’s environment.


Elizabeth Studley PROGRAM DIRECTOR



Maggie Dressel Vanessa Kauffman Curtis Lemieux James Boemmels Andy Clark Shakila McKnight PUBLIC ALLIES

Last year, 460 youth participated in Solar Youth programs, during all four seasons of the year (afterschool, weekend, summer, and in-school). Thirty-seven teenagers were trained and hired as community leaders, most who grew up in Solar Youth programs. This newsletter gives a snapshot of the diversity of programs we run. And all of this is on a budget of less than $500,000! What is our impact? The letter below, given to us unsolicited by a parent, demonstrates the incredible potential Solar Youth has to influence New Haven’s youth and their families. This kind of feedback, along with the outcome data we collect each season, makes us confident that what we do has a significant impact on the lives of our youth. So what happens in the next 10 years? Our goal is to replicate the Neighborhood Model, piloted in Westville Manor, in other communities. The next 10 years starts now, with you and your investment. If what you read and see in these pages moves you, please consider joining us as a Friend of Solar Youth (or “FOSY”). We truly do need your support! Sincerely,

Michael Ben-Elohim Robert Goerhke

Joanne Sciulli Founder/Executive Director

2009 Youth Staff Odessa Little Shakila McKnight Devante Pratt Jelisa Burton Brydell Jones Niamke Ellis Nicole Dunnaville Jamika Henry Rodnesha Williams-Green Rosadellise Roman Crystal Bowman Taylor James Hector Rivera Philip Lendroth Jr. Troy Smith Jorell James Christian Wingate Jasmin Parker Naomy Velez Natasha Velez Jazmine Herring Shanae Lucky Kevin Colon Brittney Palmer Markita McCrea

Solar Youth, Inc. provides opportunities for young people to develop a positive sense of self, and a connection and commitment to others through programs that incorporate environmental exploration, leadership and community service.

Rodnesha Williams Green

Briana Thivierge Every time a young person attends a Solar Youth program, they earn a “Solar Cell.” In 2009, one person earned by far the most: Briana earned 115 Solar Cells! She first joined the Citycology Program at age 8 when our office moved four doors down from her in Westville Manor. Last year she participated in all four seasons, including Winter Explorers, spring and fall Steward Teams and Service Adventure, and had perfect attendance in our Summer Camp. Here is what Briana’s mother has to say: “They should have Solar Youth world-wide or at least in other parts of CT. I want to thank all of the staff that has done an amazing job with both of my kids. They are so much better at caring for their environment. THANK YOU!!! kids like all of you very much.”

Rodnesha, aka “Boomie,” joined Solar Youth in 2007 as an intern. She embraced our passion for the environment and working with youth. Boomie has now been an intern for all our programs, sharing her skills and leadership among youth in Steward Teams, Citycology and Solar Youth Summer Camp! In 2009 Boomie coled the Extreme Team (see pg 7). This spring, Boomie was accepted into the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program. After she works on the Festival in June, she will be back as a senior intern this summer! According to Boomie, “The most rewarding part of being a Solar Youth intern is getting to know everyone. The trainings make us so close that we will always have these friendships. I’ve learned how to deal with responsibility, child development, teamwork and all the basic work skills.”

Maggie Dressel, Educator & FOSY Wrangler After graduating from Barnard College and working for New York City’s Parks Department, Maggie joined Solar Youth in the winter of 2008. In 2 years, she has helped shape who we are with her incredible compassion, creativity and all-around competence. In addition to running the Advanced Steward Team that she shepherded, this spring she took over as Coordinator for the Citycology program. Beyond programming, she earned the title of “FOSY Wrangler,” and is responsible for overseeing all communications between Solar Youth and our valuable individual donors (Friends of Solar Youth). This spring, she flexed her leadership muscles as lead organizer for the very complex collaborative fundraiser, “Rock To Rock Earth Day Ride.” Maggie is our Rock Star, and we are extremely fortunate to have her on our team!

Maggie playing an ice-breaker game with Talizha at Sleeping Giant State Park

John Champion & Wendy Samberg No rent. No utilities. For anyone, but especially a small nonprofit, those words are invaluable. Since 2002, the Housing Authority of New Haven has provided office and program space in the form of four different (and progressively larger) apartments. This equates to over $20,000 per year that instead goes towards paying quality staff to deliver powerful programs to the youth in their developments. In addition, we partner on youth-led service projects such as graffiti removal, landscaping, flower-planting and more. And finally, their front-line staff are consistently helpful when we need something fixed. THANK YOU everyone at HANH!

Since 2003, John Champion and Wendy Samberg have been committed FOSY (Friends of Solar Youth). As such, they earn the title of “BFF” or Best Friend FOSY. According to Wendy, “Solar Youth is a fixture on our annual giving list because, as New Haven residents, we appreciate both the youth development and the environmental stewardship work that Solar Youth produces. Go SY!!” Their generous and consistent support has been incredibly valuable to Solar Youth, and compliments their own work (Wendy works for Adult & Continuing Education and John for Connecticut Fund For the Environment). THANKS BFF’s Champ & Wendy!


Steward Teams are after-school programs run in collaboration with NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS and COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. Following the model Kids Explore! Kids Do! Kids Teach!, adult educators and high school interns guide youth through community and science explorations, the Community Service Action Project (CSAP) cycle and in creating a Public Education Project. Each Team’s CSAP is described below.

Spring 2009

John Martinez School (5th & 6th Grade): Youth cleaned up broken glass around their school removing more than 100 pieces just from their school playground.

Barnard School (5th Grade): Youth cleaned-up litter in the field and playground behind their school and removed 4 bags of trash.

Westville Manor: Youth cleaned-up litter and planted a flower garden at the entrance to their neighborhood in hopes that pretty flowers would deter future littering.

Truman School: After noticing foamy water in the West River near a local car wash, youth interviewed the manager, tested the water for toxins and cleaned up 10 bags of litter in the area.

Fall 2009

John Martinez School (5th/6th Grade): Youth organized a trash clean-up in their neighborhood, including the school field, nearby streets and Criscuolo Park. They removed 6 bags of trash, 3 bags of recyclables and a large box of broken glass.

Barnard School: Hoping to attract more visitors to West River Memorial Park, youth planted over 240 flowers at the Nature Center.

Westville Manor: Concerned about violence in their neighborhood, youth planted a Peace Garden to encourage community members to be nonviolent. John Martinez School (4th Grade): John Martinez School (4th Grade): Youth collected 5 bags of trash and 3 bags of recyclables by their school, Criscuolo Park and the Mill River.


Youth created two Public Service Announcements to teach the public how to recycle and the environmental consequences of not recycling. The PSAs were posted to our YouTube page (

Truman School: Youth created a pop-up book addressing the issue of homelessness in their neighborhood and the many ways to help the homeless. They also cleaned up 7 bags of trash, including a broken television.


Youth Demanded .. Solar Youth Responded ...

Youth in Barnard Environmental Magnet School’s Steward Team wrote the letter to the right to Executive Director Joanne Sciulli after realizing that Solar Youth did not offer program opportunities beyond fifth-grade. The youth proactively advocated with both Solar Youth and their school to secure continued opportunities to explore their environment and make a difference in the community.

The “Advanced Steward Team” was created as a result of their vigorous campaigning. All members were previous participants who had a solid foundation in Solar Youth basics, which allowed them to delve more deeply into new curriculum and go above and beyond regular Community Service Action Projects. Moreover, youth learned what is

possible when you believe in something and work hard for it. In the fall, the Advanced Steward Team planted over 100 bulbs in West River Memorial Park, which bloom in the spring and encourage residents to visit the park. Youth also cleaned up 7 bags of trash from the park. Keep up the great work!

- Exploring the Mill River Watershed -


up litter along the banks of the Mill River as it wound through an industrial area of Fair Haven. Youth discussed the health of the river here compared to Sleeping Giant and East Rock and decided it was more polluted. This might be due to the history of industries along the river (point source pollution) and also to the litter and other pollution that has arrived at this part of the river after flowing through Sleeping Giant and East Rock (non point source pollution).

ach year during April school vacation, Solar Youth runs a three-day program where youth focus on one theme as they Explore! Do! and Teach! The topic this year was the Mill River Watershed.

DAY 1 - Sleeping Giant Youth began their exploration of the Mill River watershed at Sleeping Giant State Park, close to the source of the river. Rainy weather provided an ideal setting for youth to understand the concepts of run-off and tributaries. Youth saw the Mill River in all its natural beauty and learned that a watershed is an area of land in which water flows from the highest point to a common body of water.

Learning about point-source and non-point source pollution

non-point source pollution on watersheds. The Water Conservation Relay Race helped youth understand the importance of conserving water in our everyday lives. Filled with all this new knowledge, youth hiked alongside the Mill River in the park.

DAY 3 - Criscuolo Park

Exploring where the Mill meets the Quinnipiac

On the final day of the Summit, youth cleaned Youth then traveled to Criscuolo Park to see the Mill River merge with the Quinnipiac River. There, youth observed the highway, oil tanks, boats and a salt yard and made connections regarding how each could potentially affect the watershed and, in turn, people and wildlife living in the watershed.

Wet but happy hikers at Sleeping Giant State Park

DAY 2 - East Rock Park Youth followed the Mill River from Sleeping Giant through New Haven to East Rock Park. In East Rock, youth rotated through many activities about watersheds. They sang the Water Cycle Chant and played a game called the Incredible Journey, which illustrates the movement of water on earth. Youth then learned about the effect of point source and

Youth gathered on the New Haven Green to paint pictures reflecting their experiences of the last three days and present them to passersby. Youth finished the Summit happy, tired, and full of new knowledge about watersheds. Youth cleaned up the banks of the Mill River in Fair Haven


Solar Youth Summer Camp This years theme:

Long Island Sound

Let’s talk about a place called Long Island Sound There are plenty little fish that swim all around So don’t throw trash on the ground Cause it might end up in Long Island Sound -chant by SY Campers


veryone who lives in Connecticut lives in the Long Island Sound watershed. In order to connect youth to this dynamic estuarine system, we made it the theme for this year’s summer camp. Following our program model, Kids Explore! Kids Do! Kids Teach!, youth participated in field trips, activities, games and hands-on lessons to learn about the Sound.

effects on the Sound. Trips included Maritime Aquarium, Beardsley Zoo, and a bike trip at West Haven Savin Rock (thanks Paul Hammer).

Week 4 - Wicked Water Pollution Youth learned about the different types of water pollution (point and non point source). A canoe trip allowed youth to explore the Mill River and practice low impact boating. Campers learned about recycling in CT, where their trash goes and the importance of keeping trash out of the watershed. This week, youth executed their Community Service Action Projects. source pollution with phone numbers to call to report problems.

Kids Explore Week 1 - Wonderful Watersheds During this week, youth learned what an estuary is and its importance, and about the New Haven watershed and where they live in relation to our City’s three main rivers. A West Rock hike allowed youth to explore the West River watershed. Youth participated in a low ropes course day to increase teamwork skills.

Kids Do Community Service Action Projects This year, four teams planned a C-SAP and facilitated whole camp participation.

The Extreme Team identified non point source pollution as a problem. During their hiking (see story to right) they came across dolls in the water and a bunch of toys dumped illegally close to the river. So they decided to do a clean up and a toy drive. They collected 16 bags of trash, 4 bags of recyclables and 4 buckets of broken glass. The toy drive collected over 300 toys that were donated to Beacon On The Hill.

Kids Teach

Team La La Land identified global warming and its effect on the Sound as their topic. They read a report about the Sound's health and shared their discoveries through 15 fact-filled posters and a newsletter which consisted of an article, poem, pictures and tips to help prevent global warming. Team Freaky Fresh chose litter and pollution in the Sound as their topic and held a questionand-answer session on the New Haven Green to educate New Haven residents. More than 50 people who answered questions correctly received cookies baked by the youth.

Week 2 - Estuary Explorations It was now time to jump in and explore Long Island Sound. At Outer Island, a National Wildlife Refuge run by SCSU in the Thimble Islands, youth learned about tide pools and intertidal zones. Educators at Hammonasset State Park facilitated campers’ learning about habitats and native and invasive plant and animal species of the Sound. A touch tank program at Light House Point Park allowed youth to have a hands-on experience as well.

Week 3 - Fabulous Food Chains Campers learned about the food chains in Long Island Sound. We explored biomagnification of pollutants moving up the food chain. Youth learned about climate change and its


Team Salty Salt identified point-source pollution as their topic and held a rally on the New Haven Green to educate people about its effect on the Long Island Sound. Youth created posters and passed out business cards filled with information about point

Youth created “Teach Projects” and performed at our Public Education Forum, which gave youth an opportunity to share what they learned and accomplished. During the Forum at the Peabody Museum, campers shared parts of their camp experience, including game challenges, the “Ort Report” (where they measure food waste each day, with the goal of wasting less) and “Say Word” (where each day staff gave campers the definition of a word without reading it, but rather by using creative means such as skits, songs, and art). Over 30 family and friends watched as campers performed the songs and skits they created during our Challenge Days, and taught what they learned and accomplished this summer. As a final celebration, we went on an overnight camping trip to Devil’s Hopyard State Park. A great end to an amazing summer!!! x

— Long-time Campers Explore Wintergreen Brook — ast year was the 10th year of Solar Youth Summer Camp. As a result, there is a cohort of “veteran” campers, not yet old enough to be interns, but ready for new challenges. Therefore, this year we created the “Extreme Team,” which provided our veteran campers with opportunities to learn about a specific natural resource through new, more extreme adventures. During special days, they trekked the entire length of Wintergreen Brook (a tributary of the

Vanessa helping Tyrese jump over Wintergreen Brook

West River), walking along, and sometimes THROUGH the water. They climbed over fallen trees, through culverts, and around a LOT of poison ivy. Along the way they took videos and recorded data about the environment and human impacts. This data was recorded on a mural of their journey. Youth identified runoff from impervious surfaces as a major problem that affects the Long Island Sound watershed, and decided to conduct a trash clean-up along the brook to

Hiking through a culvert below a bridge

help alleviate this problem. Youth then taught what they learned and accomplished to their community by distributing homemade bookmarks on the New Haven Green that urged people to dispose of trash properly. According to Christian Wingate, “Extreme Team was awesome! We learned many new things, like teamwork. It was cool.” This program was sponsored by the Long Island Sound Futures Fund. x

The Extreme Team at the mouth of the West River

— Youth Teach Youth about the Environment Year-Round— 009 was a year of growth and change for Citycology! Our youth-teaching-youth program, which hires and trains teens to be environmental educators for 4 to 8 year olds in Westville Manor, took on new curriculum, a revamped summer camp and continuous and exciting opportunities for Solar Youth interns. Also, the incorporation of literacy into each program day has shown success and improvements in participants.

and Jamika), had the opportunity to be Program Instructors. As Program Instructors, they led the naturebased lessons and activities for the 4 to 8 year old campers, as well as “Artistic Expressions” and “Adventure Quest” modules. Weekly themes included “Ancient Earth,” “Welcome

Citycology ran in the spring, summer and fall, and employed 11 different teens – 8 of whom grew up in Solar Youth programs. During the summer, with the guidance of veteran Solar Youth participants, we created a new level of leadership. Long-time Solar Youth’ers who have shown dedication, reliability and passion for youth and the environment (Nicole, Shakila

Jamika helps children perform their FIRST Community Service Action Project!

for groups of youth based on age. Each week of the 5-week camp culminated with “LightsCamera-Action!” - a performance for parents and friends to highlight camp events, led by the teens.

Rosie with Emanni and Kema after planting flowers

Odessa with her Citycology campers

to the Jungle,” “Under the Sea,” “Into the Woods” and “Urban Ecosystems.” They also helped train and supervise the newer interns, called Group Leaders, who were counselors

In the fall, one of the Program Instructors, Shakila McKnight, who finished high school became the first Solar Youth alum to join our Adult Staff as an Educator for an after-school Steward Team. She is the first youth to take on all possible roles in Solar Youth (except Program or Executive Director, but who knows what may happen). All three may return this summer as co-Program Coordinators. x


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ntil last year, Solar Youth rarely went on adventure trips during the coldest part of winter because our youth often do not have proper gear to stay warm. But, thanks to our partnership wi th the Ap p a l a c h i a n Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunity Program, that changed. They not only lend us equipment, they provide winter boots and water-proof outerwear to keep the kids warm.

Snowshoeing for the first time!

Ranger Joe of the Parks Department teaches the Explorers how to identify deer, raccoon, mouse, squirrel and dog tracks!

Learning about reptiles with the Parks Department


As a result, we created a new program for the youth in Westville Manor, the site of our

All smiles during a snowy hike

uring Year 2 of our Neighborhood Model Pilot, we realized there was a growing need for programs that reach youth who have been in Solar Youth for years and are in need of new challenges.

Neighborhood programs.



Through Winter Explorers, 12 children aged 5 to 14 had many first-time experiences, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, winter hiking, and animal tracking. These activities took place right in and around their neighborhood! Staff’s favorite moment: Youth giggling with delight as they snow-shoed up and down the undulating mountains of snow along the edges of the parking lot! THANKS Y.O.P.!

5-year old Marquette learns to cross-country ski!

Hiking to Lake Wintergreen in the snow

“I feel better about myself and I can communicate better with others.” -LIT Leader

L.I.T. met this need. In the spring and fall, veteran participants engaged in intensive leadership training. Topics included goal -setting, team building, leadership qualities and styles, conflict resolution and more. Our young leaders went on many outdoor adventures (including a weekend retreat with youth from all over CT at the YMCA’s Camp Hazen) and performed Community Service Action Projects. In the fall, they used the HELP model to build problemsolving skills (Hear the issue, Examine assets, Leadership development, and Project). Topics included hunger, homelessness and “Going Green.” They took a tour of one of New Haven’s most ecologically sustainable buildings, Kroon Hall at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, led by F.O.S.Y Matthew Garrett. Leaders In Training, led by Curtis Lemieux at top, during hike in Sleeping Giant State Park


Keep your eye out for all these future leaders!! x

After a tour of Yale’s Kroon Hall

“I am a well respected person and I can work better with others.” -LIT Leader

The Westville Manor Service Adventure Crew engages youth in service projects and adventurous explorations as they build a connection to Solar Youth. Below is a selection of projects and activities completed during our Spring and Fall 2009 seasons.

Lake Wintergreen Litter Clean Up

Collected 7 bags of trash during a hike to Lake Wintergreen. Youth planted over 75 tulip bulbs, which will beautify their neighbor-

Bulb Beautification hood in the spring when they begin to bloom.

Having fun in the newly built outdoor shelter

Neighborhood Clean-Up

Canvassed Westville Manor looking for litter-troubled areas and collected 10 bags of trash, including a bike frame and other scrap metal near Wintergreen Brook.

Trail Blazing

Youth began clearing a trail that will connect the Westville Manor neighborhood directly to the West Rock Ridge State Park trails. They have raked, cut and cleared over 600 feet of trail in this continuing project.

Shelter Building

Youth learned survival skills and put their knowledge to work by using branches, sticks and leaves to build a lean-to in the woods.

Judges Cave Hike

Youth hiked multiple times to Judges Cave in West Rock Park. While there, youth enjoyed playing hide and seek, doing silent “nature sits” and watching the sunset (some for the first time!).

Amazing Race

During Solar Youth’s extreme scavenger hunt, youth reviewed many skills and topics they had learned about, such as river crossings, leaf identification, and how to navigate using a compass! Watching the sun set in West Rock Park

Preparing the Westville Manor community garden beds in the spring

Naya planting bulbs that will bloom in the spring

Tamkia blazing a new trail in West Rock Park

Cherish steers the wheelbarrow

Mahaghanee pruning the West Rock Park trail

Solar Youth’s Hands-on Outdoor Learning Adventure program continued in 2009 for our fourth year at Barnard Environmental Magnet School! The in-school program compliments the Connecticut Core Science Standards that the youth are learning in the classroom with experiential learning and hands-on activities. Every 2nd through 5th grade student (over 225 youth) attends HOLA for a fun addition to classroom style education. x

“The only thing I would change about Solar Youth would be the frequency! Since we are an environmental school, once every 1-2 months would be better.” -Ms. Beard, grade 5 teacher “My

expectations are always high for this program and they are always met.” -Ms. McLaughlin, grade 2 teacher

Solar Youth’s Senior Educator Gameliel Moses has become a superstar at Barnard, knowing some of the students for 4 years now. He has become an expert at leading youth in songs, games and hands-on experiences that make learning science active and fun.


Leaders-in-Training test their skills at the CT Rock Gym

Maurice meets new friends at Camp Hazen YMCA’s Teen Leadership Weekend

Nehemiah walks on the moon at the CT Science Center

2nd Row, L-R: Roosevelt checks out Saturn at the Bethany Observatory; Khalil rides his bike at Rock to Rock; Intern Rodnesha leads Citycology youth on a hike at East Rock Park; Steward Team participants pose on the Giant Steps at East Rock Park 3rd Row, L-R: Elizabeth builds a rubber-band car at the Eli Whitney Museum; Ashley checks out recycled art at the Trash Museum; Solar Youth poses at the Castle at Sleeping Giant Bottom Row, L-R: Leaders-in-Training check out their location on the map during a hike; Youth enjoy a day at the Peabody Museum; Gammy leads a hike on a sunny day



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Trust building game “Wind in the Willows”

Tree Crew with URI’s Green Skills Program

SY’lifers Jamika, Nicole & Shakila

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Solar Youth's 2009 Year-in-Review Newsletter  

Highlights from 2009

Solar Youth's 2009 Year-in-Review Newsletter  

Highlights from 2009