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Candace Wright shares the impact of receiving the NBCUniversal Local Impact Grant in an interview with CT LIVE!

Summer Camp 2023 staffer, Anisha Nigam, shares her experiences and thoughts from a high energy season.

The summer camp experience plays an important role in youth development. Read Solar Youth's take on it this year, at a time when it's needed most.

Solar Youth has announced Candace Wright as its new executive director. Read about it here.

What does youth leadership look like? Two Solar Youth Interns demonstrate.

Candace Wright, Interim Executive Director, has been with Solar Youth for nearly 13 years. What drives her commitment? Watch Candace tell her story to Senator Gary Winfield.

Two standout Interns were impressive this fall. Staffer Harry Jones explains why.

Read about the ghoulish happenings at Solar Youth this Halloween.

Summer camp is a time for growth. Here are a few highlights of youth experiences.

Trailblazer team tackles watershed project in West Rock!

As we take new directions at Solar Youth, we wanted to keep families and friends updated on new developments within our organization.

What can individuals do to help Save-the-Earth?

As the COVID-19 pandemic is improving, and schools are beginning to reintroduce in-person learning, we at the Solar Youth Learning Hubs recognize that our services must change to reflect the needs of our youth and families. Read about how we are overcoming challenges and creating connections in the communities!

Read about exciting new happenings that spring has ushered in!

Come see how the West Rock after school program group used the month of February to pay homage to rue heroes and trailblazers of this country, as well as encouraged students to look towards the future!

Solar Youth continues to strive to meet the needs of the community and rejuvenate our Children's program with the #SpringingintoSpring initiatives! Read about the ways staff plan to meet the needs of our families and gain inside access to this season's program highlights.

Find out what inspires our new content creator (and Youth Educator!)

A new era: Solar Youth's 2020 Trailblazer Program

Omar Nicholson is a Yale President's Public Service Fellow working with Solar Youth this summer. He has beautiful observations to share about the first two week of Solar Youth's Steward Camp.

Check out the amazing reactions our youth received just by doing small acts to spread good vibes!

See the press they received by working with One World Roasters!

Solar Jam is Solar Youth’s annual fundraiser. You can read about the youth and their progress on poster boards; you can watch videos of the youth taking action in their environment on the big screen but …. you can also meet Solar Youth Alumni!

Over the course of the past year, the Green Jobs program was lucky to pay three visits to Hamden’s Broken Arrow Nursery to learn horticulture and explore Connecticut’s largest agricultural industry.

We capped off our Fall season and completed the cycle of our model by holding the Kids’ Teachback Celebration at the Ives Library with all of our youth and families.

A group of 30 Solar Youth youth worked together to tie up their ice skates for the very first time at the Milford Ice Rink on Saturday, December 1st

We are proud to highlight Solar Youth's newest program site operating in Quinnipiac Terrace in Fairhaven.

Solar Youth shattered fundraising goals this week when FOSY (Friends of Solar Youth) stepped up on Giving Tuesday

With Thanksgiving upon us, we would like to highlight our partnership with the Pincus Family Foundation who provides important funding for Solar Youth’s Empowerment Team and continues a special annual holiday gift card tradition for the families of youth in Solar Youth programs.

This Veterans’ Day, in an effort to give back and beautify their community, Solar Youth’s Green Jobs interns organized a clean-up project of Winslow Augustine Park and the surrounding Wintergreen and Belden Brooks.

Every Halloween, the New Haven Police Department hosts an event called “Trunk or Treat” in Solar Youth’s parking lot in Westville Manor.

Partnerships are KEY to the Solar Youth model of youth empowerment, and we want to celebrate one of our most generous partners - the Post Traumatic Stress Center of New Haven.

Solar Youth policy is to not advocate specific issues unless program and youth leaders decide it is something THEY want to advocate for. However, on November 6th, CT residents will need to vote Yes or No on a ballot question, and we want to help everyone understand the issue.

See a video and press they got for it!!!

Green Jobs Interns in Spring 2018 worked together to solve problems they found in their community.

Senator Chris Murphy organized for 50 New Haven teens from four local youth groups — Solar Youth, LEAP, the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, and Youth Continuum — to join him on Sunday [March 18th, 2018] for a screening of Black Panther.

Welcome to Solar Youth's NEW website!

Last year, the Yale Ob/Gyn Residency partnered with Solar Youth, and since our partnership began, it has been a huge success! Our residents, who are physicians in training, training to be Ob/Gyns, have developed several teaching modules focused on important reproductive health topics.

Jacquelyn, a Youth Educator Intern, shares the many lessons she's learned over her 11 years at Solar Youth.

Jacquelyn shared a version of this piece in front of the Appropriations Committee at the CT State Capitol in February, 2018.

From the mouth's of our interns... read about 16 year old Daris's journey at Solar Youth.
Daris shared a version of this piece in front of the Appropriations Committee at the CT State Capitol in February, 2018.

New Haven Register highlights Solar Youth’s partnership with Schooner Summer Camp to enroll more youth in summer camp. Strong relationships among community organizations show case how working together can make a big impact on families.

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