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Newark Youth Leadership Project School Year Application 2022- 2023 SECTION 1

Thank you for being interested in a school year internship with Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP)! This internship is not just a job, but an internship program designed to provide exciting and thought-provoking opportunities in education and leadership with a focus on the environment.

NYLP is a paid internship and leadership program. Our work focuses on environmental issues, green jobs, healthy living, community education, food justice, environmental justice, and career and college exploration and readiness.

From October 4th, 2022, through May 2023, high school interns work under the guidance of Greater Newark Conservancy staff and College Mentors. During these eight months, interns will develop and hone skills in various areas. These areas include urban farming, community greening, horticulture, hydroponic growing, school garden education, community engagement, advocacy, and more!

What do we do? Greater Newark Conservancy fosters collaboration in our community at the intersection of environmental, food, and racial justice to promote Newark residents’ health and well-being. Our programs work to reverse the long history of systemic racism to improve social determinants of health by expanding access to green spaces, nutritious food, wellness education, and youth development.

What will you do? Over the course of the program, interns will be encouraged to explore the outdoors, have new experiences with food and the environment, and become the next generation of environmental and community leaders. This program will challenge you to try new things, experience outdoor activities, and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Requirements for the program are as follows:

  • Applicants must be current high school students and at least 14 years old by the program’s start date.
  • This application is rolling, meaning applicants will be interviewed and accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Spots are limited. The program start date is October 4th, 2022; however, we will not accept applicants after October 18th, 2022.
  • Must be an Essex County resident attending any high school.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 or better GPA (You must submit your most recent report card).
  • Must have the recommendation of a Guidance Counselor or teacher.
  • Must have completed your first year of High School.
  • Must be available 6-10 hours weekly after school from October 4th, 2022, through May 2023(some weekend work required)
  • Must be able to attend the program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm. Interns will be scheduled additional hours weekly depending on their availability and the conservancy’s needs.
  • Before being hired, each applicant must go through the interview process. Be prepared for this interview—dress for success, and don’t be late!

SECTION 1 of this application is to be completed by the student applicant and is due by September 19th, 2022.

SECTION 2 of this application is to be completed by the guidance counselor/teacher and is due no later than September 23rd, 2022.

You must submit a resume with your application if you have previously participated in NYLP.


Pay Rate: $13.00 per hour

COVID Safety Information: The Newark Youth Leadership Project will operate in person during the 2022 – 2023 school year. Interns must be double vaccinated and boosted (if not eligible, then boosted within two weeks of eligibility).

Greater Newark Conservancy requires all staff and interns to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the City of Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government and public health officials.

If you have any questions about this application, don’t hesitate to contact me, Madeja Stewart, at or 973-642-4646 ext. 22.

We look forward to receiving your completed application!

School Year Application 2022-2023 SECTION 1

First Name *
Last Name *
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City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *


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NYLP requires a time commitment of at least 6-10 hours per week. Interns must attend the program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm and will be scheduled additional hours throughout the week depending on their availability. Interns are allotted three excused absences over the course of the program.

What days are you available to work?

Program Questions

Do you have any physical limitations that will prevent you from working outside during extremely warm or extremely cold weather?
Do you have any reservations about working outside, learning and researching environmental issues, and/or teaching others (children, community members, family, etc.) about the environment?
Have you previously participated in the Newark Youth Leadership Project?
First Name *
Last Name *


Answer the following questions in a word processor of your choice and attach the document to your application. Please answer the questions in 300 words or less.


  • Why do you want to participate in the Newark Youth Leadership Project school year internship program?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Question 2 (choose one):

  • How do you define “the environment”? What are the various components that make up the environment that you described? How can we—as individuals or groups—influence this environment?


  • Describe a problem you have identified in the City of Newark. Briefly describe the steps you would take to learn more about this problem and address it.


I confirm that the statements made by me on this form are true and correct. I understand that if I become a participant in the Newark Youth Leadership Project, any false statement on this application can be considered cause for dismissal. I am a naturalized citizen or have proof of my eligibility. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application for participation as may be necessary in arriving at a decision for participation.



I confirm that the statements made by my child on this form are true and correct. If my child becomes a participant in the NYLP, I will support them fully. I understand that any false statement on this application can be cause for dismissal. 

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