Youth Development

Solar Youth

  • New Haven, CT
  • www.solaryouth.org

Mission Statement

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

Main Programs

  1. Steward Teams
  2. Citycology
  3. Green Jobs Youth Development
  4. Leaders-in-Training
  5. Solar Youth Summer Camp
Service Areas

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Connecticut

Solar Youth serves youth who live in New Haven's low income communities, in Westville Manor, West Hills and Newhallville. We also offer school-based programs at John Martinez and Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet and a Summer Camp that's open to youth from throughout New Haven.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Ms. Joanne Sciulli

Keywords

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youth environment education connecticut service learning

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Also Known As

Solar Youth, Inc.

EIN

06-1600471

 Number

3405667658

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Since our founding, our programs have served more than 2,000 individual youth with the average youth participating in 3 to 4 season-long programs.Nearly 300 teenagers have been trained and hired through paid internships Participants have completed over 350 youth-led community service action projects......and 220 youth-led public education projects. Today, Solar Youth serves approximately 450 youth annuallyIn 2011, Solar Youth was named Organization of the Year by the Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association. In 2014-2015, we aim to grow our program budget by nearly 18%, and return our Green Jobs for Youth program to full-time status. We aim to increase our enrollment in the four neighborhoods we currently work in, and further extend the cycle of stewardship with our youth so we can increase their likelihood of long-term success.

Programs

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Program 1

Steward Teams

Steward Teams is after-school program hosted by a school or neighborhood that follows our program model, Kids Explore! Kids Do! Kids Teach! Youth learn about their local environment then develop a Community Service Action Project (C-SAP) to address an issue they define, and a Public Education Project (PEP) to teach what they learned and accomplished to others.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$208,670.00

Program 2

Citycology

In Citycology, teenagers are trained as environmental educators to teach younger children ecology and stewardship using hands-on experiential lessons.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$185,553.00

Program 3

Green Jobs Youth Development

Our newest program, through which teenagers work together as Green Jobs Interns to help design and implement projects sustainability projects and neighborhood beautification.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$55,367.00

Program 4

Leaders-in-Training

LIT is a leadership training program for older youth (ages 11 to 14) focusing on team-building, leadership styles, conflict resolution, communication, time management, public speaking, and more.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$33,914.00

Program 5

Solar Youth Summer Camp

Summer Camp is an intensive program that brings together youth from around the city to learn about the city's ecology, and develop Community Service Action Projects (C-SAPs) and Public Education Projects (PEPs) that cross neighborhood boundaries. This program is split into Citycology and Steward Teams and is supported by Teen Interns.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$208,670

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Solar Youth serves youth who live in New Haven's low income communities, in Westville Manor, West Hills and Newhallville. We also offer school-based programs at John Martinez and Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet and a Summer Camp that's open to youth from throughout New Haven.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

1. Unrestricted Funds: Solar Youth relies on the contributions of FOSY (Friends of Solar Youth) to run its programs. We raise our budget from $0 each year and maintain minimal reserves. Please support Solar Youth! 2. Business Sponsorships: The support of local businesses provides a huge boost to Solar Youth's work. There are many sponsorship opportunities available, including events, trips and Community Service Action Projects (C-SAPs). And we have many positive experiences working in partnership with local businesses - in fact, Solar Youth and Start Community Bank were awarded the 2012 Nonprofit Partnership Award by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. We would be thrilled to promote businesses that support our youth! 3. Volunteers: Solar Youth seeks committed volunteers to 1) provide support for staff and Interns during program hours and weekend trips; 2) support implementation of youth-led Community Service Action Projects (C-SAPs); 3) help coordinate fundraising events, including our annual benefit party; and 4) help with myriad administrative tasks (data entry, filing, painting, etc.). 4. Community Support: Our kids are always thrilled to receive positive messages from New Haven community members. Please take a moment to visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/solaryouth) to learn about the great work our youth are doing and leave some words of encouragement while you're there!!

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SOLAR YOUTH, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Solar Youth

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Principal Officer

Ms. Joanne Sciulli

BIO

Joanne has a Bachelor's degree from Barnard College (1992), and a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1996). She is the recipient of Echoing Green Foundation Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship (1997-2000). She has also completed Advancing Youth Development training through New Haven's Youth Development and Training Resource Center (YDTRC). Joanne currently teaches a course in Youth Development at Southern Connecticut State University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"While a single season of Solar Youth is certainly a positive experience, it is unlikely to have the life-changing impact that we seek. To achieve that type of impact, we know that our Stewards must participate in Solar Youth programs season after season, year after year. That is why we created the Cycle of Stewardship. By providing Stewards the opportunity to be part of Solar Youth from as young as age four all the way to high school graduation and beyond, we can offer the emotional, motivational and strategic support youth need to nurture within themselves the confidence, leadership abilities and problem-solving skills required to be successful in life.We rely on partners to help us — from Clifford Beers Clinic's mental health services, to Community Mediation's trainings on nonviolent communication, to Start Community Bank's Intern workshops on financial management. We are so grateful for their partnership.Our ultimate goal is for Solar Youth to become one safe, loving, positive place that is woven into the fabric of each of our young people's often chaotic lives."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joe DeNicola

Managing Director, GE Energy Financial Services

Term: Apr 2013 - Apr 2015

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