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What’s it like to be on the Solar Youth team?

  • The Solar Youth team is hard-working, collaborative, and passionate about supporting the youth of New Haven;
  • We believe that ALL young people, with any mix of assets and challenges, have the potential to be successful in life;
  • We strive to build deep trust as a team to engage in collaboration, both smooth and rocky, to find the best solutions to the inevitable obstacles we face;
  • We are risk-takers;
  • We are brave;
  • We keep a sense of humor even in the face of challenge; and
  • We have fun.

Job Openings

  • Neighborhood Liaison

    Empower urban youth through environmental exploration and leadership in New Haven, CT!

    Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to help young people succeed? That creates meaningful opportunities for youth while also making an impact on their communities and environment?

    Overview of Solar Youth, Inc.:

    SOLAR YOUTH, INC. is a New Haven-based non-profit youth development and environmental education organization. Our mission is to empower youth from New Haven’s low income neighborhoods to achieve lifelong success – and nothing less! Through programs that connect youth to the environment, their communities and each other, youth build the skills and motivations necessary to be positive contributors to their community, have healthy relationships, be physically and mentally healthy, and become economically self-sufficient.

    Our youth reside in New Haven’s low income communities who are faced with incredible challenges such as poverty, crime and violence in their neighborhoods, and are in great need of positive support and opportunities to succeed. Through our neighborhood-based programs, youth explore their environment, learn the skills and joys of being agents of positive change, and teach what they have learned to others (Kids Explore! Kids Do! Kids Teach!). The four core elements of our programs are ENVIRONMENTAL EXPLORATION, YOUTH-LED PROBLEM SOLVING, NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION and MINDFULNESS PRACTICE.

    Overview of Position:

    The role of the Liaison at Solar Youth is unique and complex. Neighborhood Liaisons quickly fall into a role that requires them to master a hybridized skillset of science, environmental education, youth work and social emotional learning.

    While liaisons teach youth about nature, sustainability and outdoor skills, the environment is just one tool to help youth build the skills and competencies to be successful in life. Other tools include service learning and building long term relationships with youth over time (SY Stewards, as we call them, can start at 5 years old and continue through high school); teaching and modeling nonviolent communication and mindfulness techniques and practices; youth-led problem solving; and opportunities for youth to have a voice in individual programs and organizational leadership. We emphasize supporting positive, thoughtful, informed choices, personal responsibility, second, third and hundredth chances and having FUN.

    Solar Youth is looking for enthusiastic, positive individuals who are driven to support the success of young people, as well as be part of a high functioning, high expectation organizational team. So if you are looking for job that gives you the opportunity to work with kids in the outdoors in an urban environment (New Haven is a great small city with amazing community and an outstanding parks system), teach young people how to solve problems constructively, create positive change and be part of a team where you have a voice in developing the future, Solar Youth may be the perfect place for you.

    The role of a Neighborhood Liaison is large, but below are some of the key responsibilities:

    Curriculum management
    Program delivery
    Program evaluation
    Training and mentoring of teenage interns

    We are looking to fill part-time positions for Summer 2020.

    Some days it will feel like you have to be a superhero. Somedays, you will actually BE one. If that’s exciting to you, we’d love for you to apply!

    Regarding COVID-19: Some duties may be modified to accommodate for social distancing practices in our continued effort to keep our staff and youth participants healthy and safe.

    Experience Required
    Experience working/teaching/leading variety of youth age groups
    Ability to work with mixed age and ability groups
    Superior communication skills
    Enthusiasm to pitch in when & where needed
    Passion for outdoor experiences (e.g., hiking, gardening, backpacking, farming, etc.)

    Experience Preferred
    Youth development experience a plus
    Experience with mindfulness practices and nonviolent communication a plus
    Science and/or outdoor education experience a plus
    First aid & CPR certified
    Comfort with Google Drive, MS Office & Salesforce or determination to develop skills

    Qualities:
    Commitment to Solar Youth’s 5 underlying values (interdependence, stewardship, kindness, excellence and fun)! See solaryouth.org/our-values.
    High energy and passionate about supporting and teaching youth of all ages
    Self-motivated, flexible, patient
    An excellent team player
    Commitment to continual personal and professional development
    Determination, humility and strong ethic of care for self and others
    Highly resilient and emotionally intelligent
    Compassionate
    Willingness to understand, abide by and apply Solar Youth values and culture

    Start Date: June, 29, 2020
    Hours: 10-12 hours per week
    Duration: 7 weeks (1 week before program, 5 week program, 1 week after program)

    Salary: $12/hour
    Benefits: Not applicable

    To apply:

    (1) Email cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit for Solar Youth IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL (not as a separate attachment); attach your resume. Email to harry@solaryouth.org with the subject line “Neighborhood Liaison”.

    Please note that we are a small organization and aim to respond to all candidates but due to volume of responses may not be able to in a timely manner. If you follow the above directions, you should get an automated email response confirming receipt of your application. If you are selected to move forward in the hiring process, you will be contacted by us directly. NO CALLS PLEASE.

Please note that we are a small organization and aim to respond to all candidates but due to the volume of responses may not be able to in a timely manner.  If you follow the above directions, you should get an automated email response confirming receipt of your application. If you are selected to move forward in the hiring process, you will be contacted by us directly.  NO CALLS PLEASE.

Our Impact Since 2000

  • Youth Served

    3500

  • Youth Service Projects Completed

    500

  • Teen Internships Offered

    600

  • Unique Youth Served Per Year

    150

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