Solar Youth

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews


53 Wayfarer St New Haven CT 06515 USA


 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.


Solar Youth has worked with over 2,500 youth since our founding in 2000.

Target demographics:

Our target audience is youth who reside in New Haven’s low income communities. These youth are faced with incredible challenges such as poverty, crime and violence in their communities, and are in great need of positive supports and opportunities to succeed.

Direct beneficiaries per year:


Geographic areas served:

New Haven


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 to address an issue they define, and a Public Education Project to teach what they learned and accomplished to others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have served on the board of Solar Youth for the past year (2009-2010) as part of the Yale School of Management's Board Service Program. I have been struck by the level of engagement of the board and the commitment of the staff. The organization has a highly capable Director, who effectively leads a group of passionate employees. The community has also embraced the mission of Solar Youth, and we often receive correspondence from program participants stating how much of an impact the organization has made. I look forward to my continued involvement with Solar Youth.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Letters from parents of participating students, who remark on the specific and positive difference the programs have made in their children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

seek to expand the program to another community as soon as possible.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with a board and an executive director who are truly excited to expand and grow the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse professionals from the New Haven area, who all have a passion in education and environmental causes.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of programs, the reach of the programs, and expand geographically to other communities.

Ways to make it better...

more concrete ways in which I could contribute to the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, in terms of the ability to run more programs and the opportunity to hire more staff to handle the increasing workload.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this program is a lot of fun. Any visitor to Solar Youth can quickly see how much young people love being part of the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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