Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to help young people succeed? That creates meaningful
opportunities for youth while also making an impact on their communities and environment?
Overview of Solar Youth, Inc.:
SOLAR YOUTH, INC. is a New Haven-based non-profit youth development and environmental
education organization. Our mission is to empower youth from New Haven’s low income
neighborhoods to achieve lifelong success – and nothing less! Through programs that connect youth
to the environment, their communities and each other, youth build the skills and motivations
necessary to be positive contributors to their community, have healthy relationships, be physically
and mentally healthy, and become economically self-sufficient.
Our youth reside in New Haven’s low income communities who are faced with incredible challenges
such as poverty, crime and violence in their neighborhoods, and are in great need of positive
supports and opportunities to succeed. Through our neighborhood-based programs, youth explore
their environment, learn the skills and joys of being agents of positive change, and teach what they
have learned to others (Kids Explore! Kids Do! Kids Teach!). The four core elements of our programs
are ENVIRONMENTAL EXPLORATION, YOUTH-LED PROBLEM SOLVING, NONVIOLENT
COMMUNICATION and MINDFULNESS PRACTICE.
Overview of Position:
In the past, intern undergraduates and graduate students have acted as Educators in our Summer
Camp programs. This includes assisting staff with the preparation, administrative logistics and
planning work in addition to curriculum and day to day teaching. Their experience includes
curriculum development and programming, working in collaboration with Solar Youth staff.
The CES Intern will work in close collaboration with Solar Youth’s Program and Summer Camp
Directors and other Solar Youth’s program staff to coordinate one of our Summer Camp programs,
Citycology (4-8 year olds) and Steward Teams (9-13). Prior to and during the five-week program, the
Fellow will develop and implement environmental education and/or team-building lessons with the
guidance of Solar Youth staff. Lessons are hands-on, interactive, fun and usually outdoors and are
intended to provide youth with an overall understanding of New Haven’s ecology (themes are chosen
during staff training). Basically, the best choices are things YOU are excited about. Lessons may
include anything from learning songs to playing games to going on hikes and other adventures to
In addition, the intern will help youth identify and develop Community Service Action Projects (CSAPs) to address problems youth identify, and figure out ways to teach others what they have
learned and accomplished via Public Education Projects (PEPs). Past C-SAPs have included river clean
ups, storm drain stenciling, building a footbridge on a trail in West Rock Park, and organizing a
fundraiser for a local soup kitchen. Past PEPs have included staging anti-litter guerrilla theater on
New Haven Green, performing skits on local watersheds for older adults at the West Rock
Community Center, and staging a Public Education Forum (PEF) presentation on a variety of issues
at New Haven Public Library.
(approximate) Work Times Focus Fellow Responsibilities
June 3 to June
Youth outreach and recruitment,
curriculum development, trip planning,
June 17 to
June 30 9am to 5pm TRAINING
For adult staff and teenage interns. Topics
include SY curriculum, conflict resolution,
team-building, outdoor adventure, game
leadership, etc. Yale Fellow may assist or
lead training in areas he/she has familiarity
July 1st to
Programs run from 9am to 3pm. Daily staff
meetings occur from 3:30 to 4:30 where
day’s events, behavior/team issues and
future plans are discussed.
August 5th to
9am to 5pm PROGRAM
Experience, and passion for, working with youth
Interest in gaining program planning skills
Interest in learning principles and practices of environmental education and positive youth
Interest in working outdoors and some knowledge of life sciences and environmental issues
Energy, patience and a sense of humor
Enthusiasim to pitch in when & where needed
Passion for outdoor experiences (e.g., hiking, gardening, backpacking, farming, etc.)
Environmental education experience
Mediation and conflict resolution skills
Experience with outdoor adventure activities (canoeing, hiking, etc.)
First Aid training
Experience with/interest in nonviolent communication and mindfulness
A car is helpful, however not a requirement, as program sites are within reach by public
Commitment to Solar Youth’s 5 underlying values (interdependence, stewardship, kindness,
excellence and fun)! See solaryouth.org/our-values.
Self-motivated, flexible, patient
An excellent team player
Determination, humility and strong ethic of care for self and others
Highly resilient and emotionally intelligent
Willingness to understand, abide by and apply Solar Youth values and culture
Start Date: Mid May/Early June 2019 (but, we can be flexible)
Hours: Our camp hours are generally 9am – 3pm. Most educators work from 8:30am – 4:30
with flexibity in that sometimes they may work later or leave a tad earlier.
Location: Our camp site is generally at a New Haven Public School which is easily accessible via
CT-Transit. Most NHPS are close to a bus line.
Housing/Transporation: We do not provide housing, however in the summer New Haven has many
sublet opportunities as students are away. We are aslo happy to put the word out to our donors
aka FOSY (Friend’s of Solar Youth). New Haven has CT Transit. Many of our educators bike, drive, or
use CT Transit as our sites are all close to the bus line.
Contact Info: Candace Wright | [email protected] | (203)387-4189: For serious inquiries
regarding the intership.
(1) Email cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit for Solar Youth IN THE BODY
OF THE EMAIL (not as a separate attachment); attach your resume. Email to
ProgramJobs[at]solaryouth.org with the subject line “CES Internship”.
Please note that we are a small organization and aim to respond to all candidates but due to
volume of responses may not be able to in a timely manner. If you follow the above directions, you
should get an automated email response confirming receipt of your application. If you are selected
to move forward in the hiring process, you will be contacted by us directly. NO CALLS PLEASE.