Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world.
Placement 1: Development and Community Events-the Fellow will work to help Common Ground’s long-term sustainability through supporting two major community events called Feast from the Fields and Feast for Fams.
Placement 2: Green Jobs Corps Farm Crew-the Fellow will co-lead a crew of Green Jobs Corps (GJC) members working on Common Ground’s urban farm, and support leadership and workforce development activities for youth in the GJC program.
Placement 3: Summer Camp-the Fellow will participate in direct service with children as they cook with food from the farm, enjoy campfires, build forts, hike, wade in streams, and play in nature.
Agency website: commongroundct.org
Gather New Haven
Gather New Haven focuses on cultivating strong and varied experiences that connect communities to nature. Its work helps to build healthy foundations that improve quality of life and produce experiences that will inspire future generations of environmentalists throughout New Haven. The Fellow will assist and help implement a range of community enrichment, stewardship and fundraising initiatives and events in support of Gather New Haven’s development goals.
Agency website: gathernewhaven.org
Greater Dwight Development Corporation
The Greater Dwight Development Corporation (GDDC) is a tax-exempt social enterprise formed in 1994 that invests in the social and economic life of the Dwight community and, as a result, in the City of New Haven. The Fellow will conduct outreach to the Dwight neighborhood to engage neighbors in work to create a plan to address the poor air quality in the neighborhood in order to improve health.
Agency website: gddcnh.org
Haven’s Harvest is an environmental food recovery organization that directs food to communities experiencing food insecurity–daycare centers, schools, subsidized housing sites, community healthcare clinics, methadone clinics, other non-profits and faith communities. The Fellow will develop and present an organizational impact report.
Agency website: havensharvest.org
New Haven Urban Resources Initiative
The Urban Resources Initiative is a nonprofit Yale University partnership that transforms people and places through urban greening. They work to cultivate community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, advance the practice of urban forestry, and provide Yale students with clinical learning opportunities. The program conducts resident-led environmental restoration, builds community, and fosters stewardship and civic empowerment. The Fellow will provide technical and skills training support to six or seven community groups engaged in environmental rehabilitation projects, such as tree planting, vacant lot restoration, or invasive species removal.
Agency website: uri.yale.edu