Summer Youth Employment Program

Solar One partners with the Newark Mayor’s Office and NewarkWorks Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to deliver  Green Career Explorations which is a paid summer program that blends green career readiness with hands-on activities, field trips, and local environmentally focused service learning projects.

The program launched during summer 2019 for a group of high school age Newark youth.  During the pilot program, participants had the opportunity to visit Down Bottom Farms, a PSE&G Substation, Covanta, and go on a tour of the watershed.

Youth participants designed and executed a service learning project focused on ending litter in Newark with support from Keep America Beautiful- Newark, and presented their projects to city officials and other guests at Rutgers University at the end of the program. Solar One is looking forward to another Summer Green Career Explorations program in 2020.

In-School Residency Programs

Working with the Newark Public Schools, Solar One is partnering with Central High School in Newark to deliver a semester-long environmental STEM course with a focus on energy. The course is being delivered to high school students enrolled in the new Environmental Studies Academy at Central High School. The Environmental Studies Academy is the first environmentally focused academy in Newark.