City of New Haven: Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees–Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
The City of New Haven’s Outdoor Adventure Program offers unique, challenging, safe and fun learning experiences for children, youth and adults. The goal is to foster an appreciation of local resources by providing exposure to bio-diversity and outdoor adventure activities. These activities, specially tailored to the needs and abilities of the participants, will help raise the eco-consciousness as well as the self-confidence levels of the participants. The Fellow will be working with the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, the Park Rangers, camp counselors, naturalists, as well as some of the best scuba and white-water kayaking/rafting guides in the country.
Agency website: www.cityofnewhaven/parks
CitySeed is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for all New Haven residents. Its mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. The Fellow will assist with outreach and administration with CitySeed’s Double Value Coupon Program, which doubles the value of Food Stamp dollars up to $10 across all of its markets.
Agency website: www.cityseed.org
New Haven Farms
New Haven Farms promotes health and community development through urban agriculture. Its Farm-Based Wellness Program enrolls medically-referred New Haven residents at risk for diet-related chronic diseases and living within 200% of the federal poverty level in a lifestyle intervention program that includes cooking, nutrition, and gardening education for participants and their families. Participants take home fruit and vegetables each week through the growing season. New Haven Farms also offers an Incubator Garden Program with the New Haven Land Trust which allows Farm-Based Wellness Program graduates to grow their own food in a community garden. The Fellow will work closely with the Farm Manager and Wellness Program Manager to implement the first year of the Hill-based Farm-Based Wellness Program and to design new programming partnerships with Career High School students, health care centers, and other community partners.
New Haven Land Trust
The New Haven Land Trust engages people in stewardship and cultivation of the land for a healthier community and environment. New Haven Land Trust maintains six nature preserves and also provides land, technical assistance and supplies for about 50 community vegetable gardens. The summer fellow will work closely with the Community Garden Manager and/or Preserves Outreach and Education Coordinator to help organize the job program for high school students as well as events and workshops in the community gardens and nature preserves.
Agency website: www.newhavenlandtrust.org
Solar Youth, Inc. is a New Haven-based non-profit youth development and environmental education organization founded by youth and adults. Its mission is to empower young people from New Haven’s low-income neighborhoods to achieve lifelong success through connection with their environment, their communities and each other. Youth ages 5-19 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. The Fellow will work directly with the Program Director in the planning phase of camp in addition to supporting program staff in activity and curriculum planning and preparation for Solar Youth Summer Camp program before camp begins. Once the camp beings the Fellow will then transition into the role of a camp educator working directly with the campers daily.
Urban Resources Initiative (URI)
Agency website: www.yale.edu/uri