Fellowship Placement Sites

Yale University President's Public Service Fellows enjoy a boat tour of the New Haven coastline aboard the Quinnipiack Schooner.


 

Directory of Placement Possibilities

Below is a list of accepted Fellowship sites for the Summer of 2014 along with a short description of the agency and proposed project. Placements have been categorized into eight areas: Arts, Economic Development, Environmental, Families, Law, Urban Initiatives, and Youth.  Placements that fall under more than one category have been listed in each corresponding area. Click on the agency name to view the full proposal for that agency.

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Placement Sites for the Summer of 2014:

ARTS

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL

FAMILIES

LAW

URBAN INITIATIVES

YOUTH

 

 

ARTS

Artspace

Artspace is New Haven’s leading contemporary art venue with a mission to catalyze artistic activities; connect contemporary artists, audiences, and resources; enrich art experiences; and activate art spaces.  Artspace's 5,000 square-foot gallery space, anchored in an affordable housing complex in downtown New Haven, features a mix of group and solo shows of both local and nationally recognized artists. Programs (gallery-based, outdoors at the Lot on lower Chapel Street, and citywide, as in the huge City-Wide Open Studios festival) give hundreds of local visual artists unparalleled opportunities for visibility, leadership training, income, space, and time to network with fellow artists. Its acclaimed Summer Apprenticeship Program, in which public high school students collaborate with distinguished artists to create a major installation, is now in its second decade.  The Fellow will join a small, hard-working team (the Gallery Manager, the Communications Coordinator, and the Executive Director) as a fourth partner and will assume a high level of responsibility in helping to develop Artspace’s programming, assist day-to-day operations, and shape engagement with the community.  Artspace offers a fast-paced, dynamic environment that uses the visual arts to effect positive change in New Haven.

www.artspacenh.org

City of New Haven--Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism

The mission of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism is to improve the quality of life in New Haven and to support the economic development of the City by assisting, promoting, and encouraging artists, arts, and cultural organizations and events in New Haven. It also serves as the steward for the municipal collection of public art.  This position offers the Fellow the opportunity to learn about the City’s arts and creative community, develop critical program development and program management skills, and will teach him/her how the arts can be used to grow economies. 

www.cityofnewhaven.com/artsculturetourism

Creative Arts Workshop

Creative Arts Workshop is an educational and cultural resource center devoted to fostering creativity through participation in, appreciation of, and leadership in the visual arts.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on projects that will provide a broad overview of how a community-based art school/organization works and is managed.  All areas of management will be addressed with opportunities to focus on the Fellow’s particular interestsIn order to gain a thorough understanding of the Workshop, the Fellow will be encouraged to take an art class, free of charge, of his or her choosing during the summer.

www.creativeartsworkshop.org

International Festival of Arts and Ideas

The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven, Connecticut that features the highest quality with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience.  The Festival’s core activity is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world.  Now in its 19th season, each June the Festival takes over the theaters, open spaces, and courtyards of New Haven, attracting an attendance of more than 100,000 to its events, of which more than 80% of are completely free to the public. Festival events have featured some of the most prestigious jazz, classical music, dance, and theater artists in the world, and the Festival’s free Ideas programs bring inspiring, provocative, challenging and delightful ideas to a wide public.  The Fellow will be responsible for coordinating the Festival’s annual Economic Impact Survey, working as a member of the Festival’s Marketing and Communications team.  The survey measures the impact of the Festival’s programs on the community, the city, and the region, and is of vital importance to the Festival and its overall funding and communications portfolio.

www.artidea.org

Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama’s The Dwight-Edgewood Project

The Dwight/Edgewood Project (D/EP) is a community outreach program started in 1995 by the Yale School of Drama in concert with its professional theatre institution, the Yale Repertory Theatre.  Initially modeled after New York City's acclaimed 52nd Street Project, D/EP pairs children in grades 6-7 from New Haven's Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet school, in a one-on-one with students from the Yale School of Drama (YSD).  Over the course of four weeks, the students participate in an intensive after-school theater mentorship program designed to provide them with an experience of success and empowerment through the arts on the Yale School of Drama campus.  The Fellow will serve as a mentor by being paired with one middle school student throughout the playmaking process, and will also provide critical administrative support for the program’s Management Team and the Director of Education and Accessibility Services.

www.yalerep.org

www.yale.edu/drama

 

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

City of New Haven--Office of Economic Development

The Fellow will work closely with economic development staff on real estate development and business assistance projects as well as related policy analysis. In particular, the Fellow will conduct the City’s annual Downtown Housing Survey, which requires careful data collection and quantitative analysis.  The Fellow may also provide support and research for special initiatives and/or task forces focused on policies related to affordable housing, transportation and/or business attraction and retention.

www.cityofnewhaven.com 

City of New Haven—Office of the Mayor 

(Placement 1-Community Engagement)  (Placement 2-Financial Empowerment)

As the Chief Elected Official of the City, the Mayor exercises executive responsibility for all components of City Government including departments, bureaus, agencies and commissions.  The Mayor is also responsible for setting the policy and direction of City Government.  Staff in the Mayor’s Office is responsible for research, policy development and implementation to advance the goals of the Mayor to better the city and its residents. Placement 1:  The Summer Community Engagement Fellow will work collaboratively with Mayor’s Office Staff to support existing community engagement activities and will work to develop new community outreach strategies. 

Placement 2: Building upon existing capacity within City and Community Agencies, the Summer Financial Empowerment Project for the Yale University President’s Public Service Fellowship will work to build upon the existing capacity. 

www.cityofnewhaven.com/mayor 

Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation

The CMHC Foundation proposes an expansion of the project it began in 2011 and continued with the support of a PPSF Fellow in the summers of 2012 and 2013.  Since 2010, the CMHC Foundation has been exploring ways to support CMHC clients to reduce stresses related to their financial and economic problems, recognizing that these problems can not only exacerbate but can also be the direct cause of mental health problems. This exploration has included studying the feasibility of linking clients with existing local service providers to help them manage their money more effectively, developing peer group support mechanisms around budgeting and saving, and working with local service providers to improve the types of services that meet the specific financial service needs of low income people with mental health problems.

www.cmhcfoundation.org

DataHaven

The President’s Public Service Fellow at DataHaven will be charged with developing and expanding upon its existing Community Index series of reports. DataHaven is a formal partner of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a collaborative national effort by the Urban Institute of Washington, DC, to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building. Modeled upon similar reports from every major city in Canada and many in the U.S., Community Index reports increase shared understanding of the key strengths of and opportunities faced by the region and its local neighborhoods, and provide suggestions for policy priorities that can improve the economic competitiveness and livability of Greater New Haven. The Fellow will analyze key demographic, community and economic indicators that have been developed by the Connecticut Data Collaborative and DataHaven. He or she will seek input on the report from DataHaven’s numerous public sector and community partners, including the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, Community Foundations, Yale University, neighborhood associations, and the City of New Haven.

www.ctdatahaven.org

                 

Elmseed Enterprise Fund

The Elmseed Enterprise fund is a non-profit microcredit organization that provides microloans, business training courses, and individualized business consulting to local entrepreneurs seeking to start or expand small businesses in the New Haven area. Elmseed serves individuals who might lack the experience or means to secure a loan from traditional sources of credit. By empowering individuals to develop their businesses with small loans and technical knowledge, Elmseed promotes economic stability and self-sufficiency through the growth of small businesses in the New Haven community. The Fellow will work with 2 or 3 other Summer Managers (chosen from experienced Elmseed staffers) to ensure that the operational needs of the organization and its clients are met. Additionally, because the Summer Managers will be working full-time during this period, the position presents an opportunity to initiate and execute new projects that may not be otherwise feasible due to time constraints during the academic year.

www.elmseed.org

Greater New Haven Business & Professional Association, Inc.

The Greater New Haven Business & Professional, Inc. (GNHBPA) grew out of the need in the early sixties for minority businessmen and professionals to band together for: (1) Mutual support; (2) to become aware of services being provided by black professionals other than the legal and medical/dental areas; (3) to gain access to business capital; (4) create a nework of trained, knowledgeable and influential friends with a common ethnic background. The Fellow will network with contract providers, service providers, work providers, and financial resource providers to survey for size, strengths, and needs in order to assist them in survival and growth.

www.gnhbpa.org

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ENVIRONMENTAL

City of New Haven—Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees

The outdoor adventure and ranger programs offer new, unique, challenging, safe and fun learning experiences for children, youth and adults.  The goal is to foster an appreciation of local resources by providing truly amazing exposure to bio-diversity and outdoor adventure activities. These activities, specially tailored to the needs and abilities of the participants, will help raise eco-consciousness as well as the self-confidence levels of the participants.  The Fellow's work will be primarily with the summer camps and the outdoor adventure program geared towards the general public.  

www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks 

Greater New Haven Water Works Coalition

The Greater New Haven Water Works Coalition was founded in January 2013 to promote implementation of green infrastructure in the sewer plant's Long Term Control Plan.  The coalition would like to encourage private property owners to disconnect downspouts and manage rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces on their property in order to reduce raw sewage in the rivers.  The Fellow will gather data provided by the City of New Haven so that the coalition can enlist public support to help manage this problem.

sites.google.com/site/ourcitywaters

New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground 

(Placement 1-Summer Camp Teacher) (Placement 2-Youth Crew Assistant Leader)

The New Haven Ecology Project is the 501(c)3 home of Common Ground – a center for environmental learning and leadership located at the base of West Rock Ridge.  Its mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults.  Placement 1:    The primary work of the Fellow at Common Ground will be to serve as one of the lead camp counselors for campers ages 4 – 13.  Placement 2: The Fellow will assist Common Ground with successfully operating its summer Youth Crew Program, an offshoot of the overarching Green Jobs Corps, one of its most important and successful programs.   

www.commongroundct.org

New Haven Farms

New Haven Farms was founded in 2011 to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. On eight urban farm sites, New Haven Farms cultivates nutrient-dense produce in some of the city's most disadvantaged communities. Produce is distributed weekly to patients referred by the local health clinic, all of whom live within 200% of the federal poverty level and are at risk for, or already suffering from diet-related chronic disease. During its sixteen-­week summer season, New Haven Farms delivers two programs—adult­based and youth-based Farm-based Wellness Programs. A third program, the Youth Composting Program, partners with a neighboring primary school to facilitate garden and compost education. The Fellow will be responsible for developing and executing a summertime communications and marketing initiative.

www.newhavenfarms.org

New Haven/León Sister City Project

The New Haven/León Sister City Project is a progressive, bi-national, grassroots organization that promotes education, sustainable development and social justice in the communities of Greater New Haven, Connecticut and León, Nicaragua. The Fellow will work with the Director to advance New Haven Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge and WalkBikeTransit Campaigns, which work to reduce greenhouse gases and improve public health in New Haven.

www.newhavenleon.org

Solar Youth

Solar Youth’s mission is to provide 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. Solar Youth’s vision is for youth to become happy and healthy stewards of their own lives and communities, who are prepared and motivated to succeed in life. The Fellow will work in close collaboration with Solar Youth’s Program Director and other Solar Youth adult Educators to coordinate one of its Summer Camp programs: Citycology (4-8 year olds) or Steward Teams (9-13).  In addition, the Fellow will help youth identify and develop Community Service Action Projects to address problems youth identify, and figure out ways to teach others what they have learned and accomplished via Public Education Projects. 

www.solaryouth.org

Urban Resources Initiative (URI)

Urban Resources Initiative is a not-for-profit university partnership whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education and advance the practice of urban forestry. URI collaborates with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH) and the New Haven Parks Department, to implement the Community Greenspace Partnership: a city-wide environmental restoration program.  The Greenspace program encourages neighborhood organizations to undertake community-based, as well as private, tree planting, care and maintenance.  Depending on community interests and applications to the program, projects include planting street trees, converting abandoned lots to "pocket" parks, as well as tree, bush and flower planting and soil lead abatement activities on private property. The Fellow, through the Community Greenspace Program, will work with local residents with the goals of conducting environmental restoration, building community, and fostering stewardship and empowerment. 

www.yale.edu/uri     

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FAMILIES

All Our Kin

All Our Kin trains, supports, and sustains community child care providers in order to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life. All Our Kin has a proven track record of increasing the supply of quality child care in the New Haven community. Its programs equip parents, relatives, and informal caregivers with the skills and resources to open child care businesses in their communities and move out of poverty. All Our Kin builds the capacity, quality, and viability of existing child care businesses, through individualized mentorship and support, and furnishes working parents with the resources to find and keep high-quality child care. The Fellow will work closely with All Our Kin’s directors around aspects of the organization’s geographic and programmatic expansion.

www.allourkin.org

Connecticut Voices for Children

The mission of Connecticut Voices for Children is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut’s young people and their families by advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies.  Connecticut Voices for Children advances its mission through high quality research and analysis, strategic communications, community education, and development of the next generation of advocates.  The Fellow will work with Connecticut Voices senior staff to study health reform and its implementation in Connecticut, to develop policy and program recommendations, and to inform efforts to ensure continuous affordable health insurance coverage for Connecticut’s low-income children and families. 

www.ctvoices.org 

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) helps refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. The Fellow will assist with all IRIS Education and Youth Services activities with a focus on parent education workshops and summer enrichment opportunities for youth and families.

www.irisct.org

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LAW

Yale Law School—The Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic

The Ludwig Center for Community and Economic Development (CED) is an interdisciplinary, transactional legal clinic that emphasizes collaboration with community organizations to promote economic growth and empowerment in underserved neighborhoods.  CED focuses on neighborhood revitalization, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and financial access.  Fellows, supervised by Law School faculty members and other experienced attorneys, review and draft legal documents, participate in the development of real estate deals and commercial transactions, conduct negotiations, and work on legislative advocacy.  The work in CED touches on many areas of law, including tax, real estate, exempt organizations, securities, and land use.  Fellows meet often with clients both at the law school and off-campus. In order to apply, students must have completed one year of law school by the end of the 2013/14 academic year.

www.law.yale.edu/academics/Ludwig.htm

Yale Law School--Jerome N. Frank Legal Services

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) provides legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal help but unable to afford private attorneys.  Students, supervised by Law School faculty members and participating attorneys, interview clients, write briefs, prepare witnesses, try cases, negotiate settlements, draft documents, participate in commercial transactions and argue appeals in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Connecticut Supreme Court. In order to apply, s tudents must have completed one year of law school by the end of the 2013/14 academic year.

www.law.yale.edu/lso

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URBAN INITIATIVES

Beulah Land Development Corporation

Beulah Land Development Corporation’s (BLDC) mission is to revitalize the Dixwell/Orchard community and provide a safe, decent living environment through the development of affordable housing and increased homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.  BLDC’s current project is Orchard St. Redevelopment (OSR), which utilizes existing housing stock in the area to increase the supply and availability of housing that is not only beautifully renovated, but affordable for lower income households.  BLDC is seeking a fellow with a strong interest in participating in community and economic development in distressed communities, and working with a grassroots faith-based organization.

beulahlanddevcorp.org

City of New Haven--City Plan

Placement 1: Comprehensive Plan

Placement 2: Coastal Zone

The City Plan Department is responsible for policies, plans and regulations concerning the physical development of New Haven and encourages a sustainable land use, economic, cultural and environmental agenda.   The Department is responsible for maintaining the Comprehensive Plan of Development as well as other area-specific development plans, and writes reports for the City Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and provides administrative support, planning assistance, project management and design review to a number of city programs and projects.  It assists residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses and developers in achieving the city’s development objectives.  Placement 1--Comprehensive Plan: The Department is seeking a Fellow interested in urban planning and development to assist the City’s Comprehensive Planner in this effort by conducting research work on various planning topics, participating in public outreach meetings as well as preparing presentation materials and draft reports.   Placement 2--Coastal Zone: The City of New Haven is seeking a Fellow interested in urban planning, waterfront development, and sustainability (planning for the effects of climate change) and project management to assist the Executive Director with a number of projects in the City’s Coastal Zone, including the on-going construction of the Boathouse at Canal Dock, shoreline stabilization in Long Wharf Park, and the creation of plans to prepare the City for the effects of sea-level rise in low-lying coastal areas.  The Fellow is expected to draft reports, memos, white papers and PowerPoint slide presentations, explanatory summaries, and make public presentations.  The Fellow will be exposed to many aspects of planning, landscape architecture, engineering and development, as well as engagement with the public and elected officials on these topics. 

www.cityofnewhaven.com/cityplan

City of New Haven--Department of Traffic, Transportation and Parking

The Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking is responsible for the 300+ traffic signals, 1,400+ pedestrian signals 125,000 street, regulation and wayfinding signs in the City, 3,000+ on-street parking meters and the safety component of the Complete Streets legislation.  The Department also partners with City’s  Engineering Department to institute traffic calming measures throughout the New Haven.  The Department is looking to create a Street Smarts campaign dealing with pedestrian safety. This would entail an educational aspect to teach safe walking habits to children as well as teens and adults. Secondly, the Fellow would research and observe current conditions at popular crossing areas to maximize safety measures at these locations.  An additional project would be the analysis of the current bus shelter network and ridership conditions of all downtown bus stops.  The Fellow would be required to document which stops have shelters and which stops need shelters. The Fellow would work closely with CT Transit to find ways to improve ridership for the CT Transit customers.

www.cityofnewhaven.com/trafficparking

Elm City Montessori School

Elm City Montessori School (ECMS), a local charter magnet serving PreK3, PreK4 and Kindergarten and opening in 2014, will be New Haven’s first public Montessori School. Core to the Montessori approach is a focus on interactive, self-directed learning and hands-on inquiry in multi-age classrooms that foster independence, creativity, critical thinking and leadership. Public Montessori schools around the country have been successful in providing a high quality, child-centered education and attracting a diverse population of students. The goal of ECMS during the summer of 2014 is to create a strong partnership with incoming families and continue itsoutreach to the broader New Haven community. The Fellow will be integral to the school start-up process, assisting the Principal in setting up the school, soliciting volunteer support, creating a school library and parent resource room, and helping to design an outreach program to make Elm City Montessori a community hub.

www.elmcitymontessori.org

Junta for Progressive Action

Junta for Progressive Action’s mission is to improve the economic, social and political conditions of the Latino community of greater New Haven as it builds bridges with other communities.  Junta provides direct services (basic needs, adult education, employment and computer training) along with advocacy and community organizing to address the challenges of Latinos, low-income and immigrant communities.  The Fellow will work with Junta to finalize details and events leading up to Junta’s 45th anniversary celebration in September 2014.  The Fellow will assist with creating marketing and communications materials, building social media communications, learn to draft media releases, op-eds.  The Fellow will also shadow various senior staff and learn about grant writing and programming. 

www.juntainc.org

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS)

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven’s goal for the Public Service Fellowship is to obtain general support of the staff of our nonprofit, community-based organization, with particular emphasis on our Community Building and Organizing Department.  NHS of New Haven features affordable housing development, housing rehabilitation assistance, homebuyer education and counseling, foreclosure intervention, and community support services throughout the City of New Haven.  By participating in the Public Service Fellowship, NHS strives to provide the Yale Fellow with an in-depth awareness of how a nonprofit community development corporation operates.   Proposed work includes general assistance to the Community Building and Organizing Department and the community service and volunteer activities inherent to that department. To provide additional depth to the position, the Fellow may also choose a specific project on which to take the lead during his or her time at NHS.

www.nhsofnewhaven.org

New Haven Public Schools--College & Career Pathways

New Haven Public Schools is an urban school district serving approximately 21,500 students in 46 schools, with nine high schools.  In 2009, NHPS launched the New Haven School Change Initiative, a comprehensive reform effort seeking to eliminate the gap between the performance of New Haven students and the rest of the State, cut the district drop-out rate in half, and ensure that every graduating student has the academic ability and the financial resources to attend and succeed in college. The overarching goal of the College & Career Pathways division of New Haven Public Schools is to ensure that students have the skills necessary to be successful in college, career, and life.  NHPS is in the process of engaging with higher education and industry partners to identify the skills our students need to be successful and to identify co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences which will support the personal development of our students. As such, NHPS is seeking a Fellow who will lay the foundation for a Student Internship Pipeline Project. 

www.nhps.net

New Haven Public Schools--Communications

The New Haven Public Schools Office of Communications strives to facilitate strong internal and external communication that reflects the district’s commitment to transparency, openness, and engagement of students, parents, staff and community. The Office also handles media coordination, public relations and marketing of New Haven School Change and continuously seeks ways to promote and share the inspirational success stories of our students in our schools. Social media platforms play an increasingly important role in the district’s communications with parents, public and community and the district’s promotion of school and student success stories.  The fellow assigned to the Strategic Communications and Student Voices Project will be expected to (1) work with the Director to identify and develop communications strategies to market and brand New Haven School Change at the community, state and national level, (2) research best practices and innovative ideas from other school districts and youth and community organizations that do an exemplary job conveying student stories and cultivating strong student voices, (3) create a plan for identifying and collecting school and student success stories, and (4) create an end-of-summer report on their work and a long-range plan to continuously communicate the goals, progress, challenges and future direction of New Haven School Change.

www.nhps.net

New Haven Public Schools--College & Career Pathways

New Haven Public Schools Student Services Department primarily services the 2,500+ students ages 3-21 in and out of the New Haven Public Schools who have disabilities. Additionally, this department works with students who are placed on Homebound via expulsion as well as to assist with the transition of students who return from incarceration.  The Fellow will assist with looking at building capacity to educate this unique population of students.  This capacity-building work would be done by way of examining best instructional practices coupled with building data collection methods to make the most impact on student achievement.  In turn, those data collection methods and best practices would be developed into action steps for the Student Services Department.

www.nhps.net

 

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YOUTH

Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation (BIMEC)

Believe in Me Empowerment Corporation (BIMEC) is a non-profit social service agency dedicated to providing community-based services to residents of New Haven’s Dixwell/Newhallville neighborhood and the surrounding Greater New Haven areas.  BIMEC offers a number of programs that directly and substantially improve the lives of clients including case management, counseling services, training skills and placement assistance, a monthly Food Bank, Access Treatment and Recovery services, Sober Housing, an afterschool Reading for Reasoning Program for Children of Incarcerated Parents, a Reading for Reasoning Program for Children of Incarcerated Parents Summer Camp, and other enhancing services. It is the goal of BIMEC to help develop responsible and contributing members of society.  The Fellow will document the activities of BIMEC’s Reading for Reasoning Program for Children of Incarcerated Parents Summer Camp.  The RRP summer camp hosts a variety of activities including, but not limited to, group meetings, reading/discussion groups, outdoor activities, trips, community events, etc. The Fellow will also develop and update website that reflects these activities.    

Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is to “Inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Its goal is to provide children and teens with a safe positive fun place to learn and grow. It seeks this goal and fulfills its mission through delivery of five major programs: After School, Summer Vacation Camp, The Club for Teens, Weekend Kids Club, and competitive Sports programs.  The Fellow will serve as a Special Projects Assistant and will work on a variety of assignments that will help to advance the Club’s programs and operations.  

www.bgcnewhaven.org

Breakthrough New Haven at Hopkins

Breakthrough New Haven, a member of The Breakthrough Collaborative, is a tuition-free, year-round academic enrichment program for high potential middle school students from New Haven’s public and parochial schools who come from backgrounds with limited economic and educational opportunities. Hosted by Hopkins School, an independent school for students in grades 7-12 located in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven, this program also serves as a unique workshop in education by providing experiences for college undergraduates and high school students interested in teaching. The Fellow, with the training and support of professional mentor teachers and the program directors, will teach during the summer program, conducting all of the classroom teaching and implementing many of the program’s other direct services. www.hopkins.edu/community/breakthrough 

Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten

The Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten are nationally accredited, model educational preschool programs.  The Center is a community of parents and highly experienced teachers who work together to nurture children and to provide an interesting and beautiful environment in which children's work is highly valued and families are welcome.  The Fellow will work hands-on in one of Calvin Hill's three programs providing high-quality care and educaiton to children between the ages of 2.9 - 6 years old.  The Fellow will support overall program quality, integrated and intellectual play-based emergent curriculum, and create opportunities for children to have more individualized and high-quality interactions with caring adults.

www.calvinhilldaycare.org

City of New Haven--Youth Services Department

Over 22,000 children and youth live in New Haven. The Youth Services Department aims to support youth in obtaining skills and opportunities that enhance their lives and enhance our communities. The Fellow will convene 15-20 youth leaders for meetings and trainings once a week.  The Fellow will provide logistical support for the weekly meetings, as well as working with Youth Department Staff.  The Fellow will assist in developing an outreach plan with the youth leaders to hold focus groups throughout the City. In addition, the Fellow will assist with the Youth@Work program with site monitoring and help compile the worksite visitation list, data received from monitoring forms and Youth@Work survey distribution, and compile the data received.

www.cityofhewhaven.com

Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT)

The mission at ConnCAT is to inspire, motivate, and prepare youth and adults for educational and career advancement, through after-school arts and job training programming. Unemployed and underemployed adults are provided with the academic training and personal development necessary start over in a new field.  The youth program is designed to propel students who are not working to potential towards higher achievement and higher education. The selected Fellow will be provided with a comprehensive work experience as it relates to the broad functions of the Director of Programs and the organizational structure and mission of ConnCAT.

www.conncat.org

The Consultation Center, Inc.

The Consultation Center, Inc. (TCC) is seeking a Fellow to work on a special neighborhood youth engagement initiative in New Haven during summer 2014.  The goal of the initiative is for young teens to learn about themselves, and to build stronger positive connections within their neighborhoods, and public spaces in their city. The Fellow will work closely with a team of people involved in the new Mayor’s Transition Team, paid staff and community volunteers, and youth development specialists to coordinate three cycles of a concentrated 3-week youth leadership and community engagement project during the 11-week fellowship.   The Fellow will organize cohorts of young teens who will have an opportunity to connect with community resource people and experience a range of community activities, local events, recreational/educational and outdoor environmental activities available within New Haven’s public spaces.

www.theconsultationcenter.org

Creating Kids Childcare Center at the Connecticut Children's Museum

The mission of the Creating Kids Childcare Center at the Connecticut Children’s Museum is to provide all children, their families and teachers with innovative and inclusive, exciting, educational programs and learning opportunities.  Supporting high-quality early childhood education and the development of early literacy competency are two driving forces of the center’s work.  The Fellow would work primarily in the Creating Kids Childcare Center alongside master teachers. Additionally, the Fellow would learn about early childhood education in myriad settings by accompanying the director to meetings of the New Haven Early Childhood Council and its Quality Enhancement Committee and working on curriculum development using the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards. The Fellow would also be invited to participate in museum-based projects such as the weekly Dual Language and Literacy project being implemented at a New Haven-based Head Start program through Family Literacy Workshops or be part of a literacy mentoring project with family childcare providers.

www.creatingkids.org

CT Students for a DREAM

CT Students for a DREAM (C4D) is a statewide organization of youth and allies whose goal is to advocate for the rights of undocumented students and their families, raise awareness, and increase access to higher education for all students. C4D seeks to empower youth through organizing, advocacy, and leadership development with the goal of organizing youth to be a voice of change in their communities.  The Fellow will serve as C4D’s New Haven Region Community Organizer and will work within its “Immigrant Access to Education” Project, which involves the complementary components of grassroots organizing, community education, and policy work.

www.ct4adream.org

Eli Whitney Museum

The Eli Whitney Museum is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers and families. Eli Whitney collects, interprets and teaches experiments that are the roots of design and invention for children ages 5 – 14. The Fellow will be an integral part of that teaching – not only for daytime students but also as a teacher, role model and leader for the 50+ young apprentices who help design, prepare and teach Eli Whitney Museum’s programs.

www.eliwhitney.org

Footebridge

Footebridge is a collaboration between Foote School and the New Haven Public Schools combining a comprehensive summer program for public school kindergarteners and first graders with teacher training in curriculum development, classroom management, and all aspects of literacy instruction. The curriculum includes reading, writing, math, science, art, singing, dramatic play, library visits, field trips, cooking and plenty of outdoor exploration.  The project at Footbridge will immerse the Fellow in an early childhood educational experience from a teacher's and administrator's perspective.  The Fellow will be involved with all of the planning and preparation of curriculum and classroom materials. 

www.footeschool.org

Gesell Institute of Child Development

Gesell Institute of Child Development has been associated with understanding how children grow and learn since 1950.  The Institute was named in honor of Dr. Arnold Gesell (1880-1961), who founded Yale’s Child Study Center in 1911, and is known as the nation’s first school psychologist.  Gesell programs, publications, and research efforts help parents, educators, psychologists, social workers, and medical professionals worldwide in understanding the ages and stages of childhood.  To celebrate the institute's 65th anniversary in 2015, the Fellow will plan a half-day symposium that will help make a lasting contribution to the field of early childhood education.

www.gesellinstitute.org

Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc.

Founded in 2004, Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. provides college access services to high school students, grade 9 through 12, and their families, throughout the New Haven and Fairfield Counties. Higher Heights also provides technical assistance and professional development to school districts and community organizations. In collaboration with the Executive Director and program staff, the Fellow will conduct and produce a case study that analyzes the effectiveness of its College Access Program.

www.higherheightsyouth.com

LEAP

LEAP’s mission is to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who implement year-round community and school-based programs designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children living in high poverty urban neighborhoods.  The Fellow will provide service to the community in the role of Youth Development Coordinator with LEAP’s Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program. The Youth Development Coordinators are responsible for the implementation and management of the LIT Program for 13-15 year olds. The YD Coordinators also assist the Youth Development Manager in the creation and implementation of LEAP’s youth development work. 

www.leapforkids.org

New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground 

(Placement 1-Summer Camp Teacher) (Placement 2-Youth Crew Assistant Leader)

The New Haven Ecology Project is the 501(c)3 home of Common Ground – a center for environmental learning and leadership located at the base of West Rock Ridge.  Its mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults.  Placement 1:    The primary work of the Fellow at Common Ground will be to serve as one of the lead camp counselors for campers ages 4 – 13.  Placement 2: The Fellow will assist Common Ground with successfully operating its summer Youth Crew Program, an offshoot of the overarching Green Jobs Corps, one of its most important and successful programs.   

www.commongroundct.org

New Haven Free Public Library

The New Haven Free Public Library is a community treasure focused on

creating experiences for all ages that support cultural connections, economic engagement, lifelong learning, and young minds. The Fellow will participate in all aspects of the NHFPL’s READy for the Grade program, which is designed to prevent “summer slide”, the drop in children’s reading levels from June to September.  

nhfpl.org

  

New Haven Promise

The mission of New Haven Promise is to provide financial opportunity for qualified New Haven public school students to not just attend college, but complete college and ultimately have options to return to New Haven to begin both careers and families. Promise personnel are very active in the community to create a college-going culture for students as early as elementary school and provide parents with the knowledge to navigate the process and ensure the success of their children. The focus of the Fellow  would be to develop a mentoring program which would connect and network

the 2014 cohort with the previous recipients.

www.newhavenpromise.org

New Haven Reads

The overall goal of New Haven Reads (NHR) is to provide after school tutoring for children who are struggling with reading, and to provide free books for the community. Particular emphasis is placed serving children and families who otherwise would not have easy access to books and have not yet acquired a love of reading.  NHR also operates a book bank in which anyone can walk in and take free gently used books. The Fellow will be incorporated into the tutoring program and book bank operations.

www.newhavenreads.org

Solar Youth

Solar Youth’s mission is to provide 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. Solar Youth’s vision is for youth to become happy and healthy stewards of their own lives and communities, who are prepared and motivated to succeed in life. The Fellow will work in close collaboration with Solar Youth’s Program Director and other Solar Youth adult Educators to coordinate one of its Summer Camp programs: Citycology (4-8 year olds) or Steward Teams (9-13).  In addition, the Fellow will help youth identify and develop Community Service Action Projects to address problems youth identify, and figure out ways to teach others what they have learned and accomplished via Public Education Projects. 

www.solaryouth.org

Squash Haven

Squash Haven provides individually directed academic enrichment and squash instruction to New Haven public school students in fifth grade through high school.  Through intensive tuition-free academic and squash sessions at Yale, Squash Haven supports New Haven youth to achieve school success, physical fitness, athletic excellence, and access to compelling academic and summer opportunities. The Fellow will join Squash Haven's staff of six in their office at Payne Whitney Gymnasium and will be a key leader in the development and implementation of their five week summer academic program, where the Fellow will be in charge of four academic sessions per day for four different groups of youth in a subject of his/her choice.

www.squashhaven.org

Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama’s The Dwight-Edgewood Project

The Dwight/Edgewood Project (D/EP) is a community outreach program started in 1995 by the Yale School of Drama in concert with its professional theatre institution, the Yale Repertory Theatre.  Initially modeled after New York City's acclaimed 52nd Street Project, D/EP pairs children in grades 6-7 from New Haven's Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet school, in a one-on-one with students from the Yale School of Drama (YSD).  Over the course of four weeks, the students participate in an intensive after-school theater mentorship program designed to provide them with an experience of success and empowerment through the arts on the Yale School of Drama campus.  The Fellow will serve as a mentor by being paired with one middle school student throughout the playmaking process, and will also provide critical administrative support for the program’s Management Team and the Director of Education and Accessibility Services.

www.yalerep.org

www.yale.edu/drama

Yale Science Collaborative Hands On Learning And Research (S.C.H.O.L.A.R.)

The goal of SCHOLAR is to assist motivated and academically promising local area high school students to prepare for success in college and to pursue science majors and careers. SCHOLAR is a two-week academic summer residential program for students entering grades 10 through 12.  Students live on the Yale campus and study in Yale's libraries and laboratories. SCHOLAR provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum in an exploratory and interactive teaching environment that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. The Fellow will play a key role in planning enrichment activities that incorporate these goals, and will also carry out important logistical work in preparation for this summer’s program. During the program sessions, the Fellow will be a member of the residential team that facilitates the personal, social, and academic development of the high school students. The Fellowship will culminate with generating a summative report and suggestions for next summer’s program.

onhsa.yale.edu/scholar-program

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