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Newark Youth Leadership Project

For 20 years, the Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP) has seen hundreds of youth participants graduate and thrive.  Through mentorship and exposure to outdoor and horticultural activities, our year-round training program guides high school students in their development of interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills. We empower and enrich our interns’ lives by preparing them for college, by improving their technical skills, and by exposing them to the natural environment.

During the 6-week summer program, interns are given the opportunity to work in one of several departments. Our Youth Farm Stand, Environmental Education, Horticulture and Urban Farming departments each give the interns unique training and a hands-on environmental education.

Educators, mentors, and interns have been inspired and encouraged by what they have achieved within the program. Our education enrichment days are especially beneficial for the students. During the summer program, speakers and professionals give weekly workshops on topics such as financial literacy, nutrition, and public speaking. The students are amazed by what they learn and incorporate the lessons into their daily lives. Once the summer ends, the connection to our interns continues as we hire a number of interns to continue working with us throughout the school year.

And our commitment to youth doesn’t end at high school. College Mentors, many who have already participated in NYLP, work with the interns during the summer. Mentors enhance their skills by becoming leaders and role models for the high school students.

Summer NYLP

Interns work 6-20 hours/week from July to August. Applications for the following summer are available starting in November and the deadline to apply is early January.

School Year NYLP

Interns work up to 10 hours/week from October through May.  Applications are available in late August and the deadline to apply is in September. Preference is given to students who have participated in the summer NYLP program.

*Applications are currently closed. Check back here for more info about our 2022 NYLP summer program*

College Mentors

This is a seasonal position. Mentors must be enrolled at a college or university and interested in working with youth. Applications are available starting in March/April. Preference is given to Newark residents and to students in biology, environmental science, or related majors.

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