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Community Impact


Solar Youth helps lay the groundwork for our next generation of environmental and community stewards. We nurture this sense of responsibility by teaching kids core ecological concepts and key problem solving skills, and providing opportunities for youth to act as agents of change and leaders in their communities.

In all Solar Youth programs, youth complete Community Service Action Projects (C-SAPs) and Public Education Projects (PEPs).  Solar Youth Stewards complete dozens of C-SAPs and PEPs each year, helping to contribute to a greener and civically more vibrant New Haven.

During 2013, our youth:

  • Participated in 109 out-of-neighborhood explorations, including:
    • Field trips to the Thimble Islands, Yale Peabody Museum, Lyman Orchards and Hammonasset Beach, among many others!
    • Intern retreats to AMC facilities throughout New England!
    • Campus tours at Yale, Quinnipiac and Southern Connecticut State Universities!
  • Performed 30 Community Service Action Projects (C-SAPs), including:
    •  Flower, tree and garden plantings!
    •  Neighborhood anti-violence and anti-bullying campaigns!
    •  Bake sales benefitting local charities!
  • Performed 9 Public Education Projects (PEPs) in order to raise awareness about environmental issues, including:
    • Creating pinwheels and designing grocery bags to promote keeping the Pond Lily Nature Preserve clean
    • Creating posters about storm drain pollution and how to prevent it
    • Designing dioramas to show people what the world would look like with no acid rain