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.
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.