Solar Youth

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 53 Wayfarer St New Haven CT 06515 USA

Mission:  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.
Results: 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: 450
Geographic areas served: New Haven
Programs: 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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EIN 06-1600471
203-387-4189
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I got engaged with Solar Youth through a Leadership project at Albertus Magnus, and have continued to work with them over the last 4 years. I enjoy this non profit because it develops leadership in city children through a program aimed at environmental awareness. I have helped with year end work and have attended presentations where the future leaders present what they have achieved througout the year. It is a great organic leadership program which develops life skills for children that may not have access to positive mentors. The energy of the director and staff is amazing.

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

developing leadership qualities in youth. They allow for older memebers to take on more leadership roles as the mature.

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

Expand to other areas if possible. It might also be best kept at the local level.

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

The Energy and positive attitude of the Staff.

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

Eclectic, positive people that have empathy for others.

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

Expand to other cities and countries and have sister progams. I would voluteer to open the Solar Youth Cambodia chapter. (OR Costa Rica, Cuba or Syria)

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and money to donate to this cause.

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

Getting the word out about what they do and how they impact the community. (Developing future leaders within a socially economically disadvantaged base)

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

The events are fun! It's a positive organization which makes you feel good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I've had a lot of contact with solar youth: I've planned events with them (They were hard-working & extremely productive!), as an attendee at their events, and as a community member who sees the good work they are doing with our cities youth. Solar Youth is a young organization which is still growing & still highly effective.

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

attending the presentations their youth give: they've done a lot of hard work in our community!

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

how energetic and optimistic they are--they pitch in and get things done.

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

talented, engaged, and motivated.

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

infuse the next generation of New Haven with an environmental & community mind-set, giving us a strong set of leaders & doers & thinkers from our own communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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