Outdoor Leadership Academy

Concrete Safaris' Outdoor Leadership Academy is a 6-25-week internship program for 14-24-year-olds who work or complete experiential education in one of three cohorts -- gardening, outdoor play, and health promotion. The goals are to expose youth to environmental health employment opportunities, develop their leadership skills, and involve them in leading local children in healthy activities.

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2017: Named "the world's best summer job" by The New York Times' Sunday Metropolitan section.

2019: OLA-SYEP Interns were featured on NY1.

OLA -SYEP

Summer

Instructions:

  • 14-15-year-olds, select Concrete Safaris Inc. as your Provider
  • 16-24-year-olds, select El Barrio's Operation Fightback as your Provider

Over two-hundred fifty 14-24-year-olds per summer from 2019 - 2021 will learn how to lead thousands of East Harlem residents in Gardening, Outdoor Play, and Health Promotion activities through a Community-Based Summer Youth Employment grant from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development for Concrete Safaris' Outdoor Leadership Academy.

Youth will be selected through the citywide SYEP lottery, and will be placed at Mad Fun Farm (Washington Houses), Jefferson Gardens (Jefferson Houses), on East Harlem streets for JungleGym and other community events, and around the neighborhood for health promotion campaigns as they participate in service-learning and experiential education through civic engagement.

Youth will be referred for health and lifestyle services, and develop soft and hard professional skills and financial and environmental health literacy. They will visit companies to practice interviewing, improve their resumes, and learn about the world of work. There will be an active family engagement component, too.

Applications will be open on March 2, 2020. Make sure to choose Concrete Safaris Inc. as your Provider in the drop-down menu.

Benefits

Younger Youth (ages 14-15) will receive up to $700 for up to 15 hours/week of experiential education over 6 weeks. Older Youth (ages 16-24) will receive $15/hour for up to 25 hours/week of work over 6 weeks

Site visits to companies and government agencies in the fields of healthcare, food services, construction, media, business/professional

Weekly meetings for team and skill building, work-readiness training, and oral and written reflection

May obtain environmental health literacy certification, CPR/First Aid, and financial literacy training

Support in pursuing health and educational and/or professional goals

Graduates connected to alumni network of youth pursuing their best lives from diverse backgrounds and experiences

OLA

Benefits

Older Youth (ages 16-24) will receive school credit, federal work study credit, or $15/hour for 6 - 25 hours/week of work over 6 - 25 weeks, depending on salary funding source

Weekly meetings for team and skill building, work-readiness training, and oral and written reflection

May obtain environmental health literacy certification, CPR/First Aid, and financial literacy training

Support in pursuing health and educational and/or professional goals

Graduates connected to alumni network of youth pursuing their best lives from diverse backgrounds and experiences

School Year

16-24-year-olds will learn how to lead thousands of East Harlem children in Gardening, Outdoor Play, and Health Promotion activities through our after school program and school day field trips from local schools. Youth will be recruited through local organizations, schools, friends, and flyers, and will be placed based on their availability and our programming hours.

Youth will be referred for health and lifestyle services, and develop soft and hard professional skills and financial and environmental health literacy. They will visit companies to practice interviewing, improve their resumes, and learn about the world of work.

Selection Process

Must be 14-24-year-olds, depending on the program for which you are applying

OLA-SYEP selection is by lottery ONLY by the City of New York

Be a resident of NYC

Have an interest in learning

Open to getting to the next level of your professional and educational development

Ability to work in Jefferson, Washington, and/or Carver Houses and on East Harlem streets

Undergraduate & Graduate Level Internships

Youth Development

Assist or lead groups of children or youth in outdoor workshops and events related to your educational background and goals.

Evaluation

Apply theories of community engagement in practice by engaging children, youth, families, and neighbors in active living. Or, collect and analyze program data and create reports.

Development & Communications

Learn how to raise funds, including grant writing and campaign development and implementation. Assist with the design and content of online and digital marketing tools.

Our Impact

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OLA Interns per year

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Internship Hours
For 14-15-Year-Olds in OLA-SYEP 

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In Stipends or Wages Earned Per Year 

By 14-24-Yr Olds (Supplementing household incomes)

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children and families outdoors and active per year in events led by OLA Interns

100% of interns said that they took away one or more valuable job skills sought by employers

87.5% of interns said they used or improved on at least 2 job skills (professionalism/ work ethic, and communication) sought after by employers in the professional realm.

100% of interns felt valued throughout their internship and felt as if they played an important role.

93.75% of interns felt like they observed or were a part of a full range of operations and learning opportunities.

87.5% of interns said that this internship enhanced their self- understanding and professional development in important ways.

100% of interns said that they took away one or more valuable job skills sought by employers

87.5% of interns said they used or improved on at least 2 job skills (professionalism/ work ethic, and communication)sought after by employers in the professional realm.

Build skills in:

Communication

Critical Thinking

Teamwork

Interpersonal

Professionalism

Adaptability

Decision-making

Self-management

Self-direction

Attitude

Enthusiasm

Civic engagement

Testimonials

Participant on Post-Program Survey
I feel like any 14 or 15 year old that lives in New York City should participate in SYEP. It taught me so many job skills I should have. It also gives you a sense of independence.  So overall this is a great job starter for any teenager.
Participant on Post-Program Survey

The program helped me learn more about myself and other people. This job helped me learn how to save money in the right way.

Max

Student

I learned that doctors can be more than just doctors in a hospital. They can be activists in the community

Tania

Student

Health is not just within the body, it's outside. Work on what you could do to better yourself and those around you.

Jaylene

Student

I think collaboration is key; all of this can't be done by one person… There are valuable lessons to be learned by collaborating. It's an attraction, it makes the community happy to see that they live in a healthy environment. We are doing work but it is fun.