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 2021

Instructions:

    • To be considered, you must apply for NYC City-Wide Lottery.
    • 14-15-year-olds, select Concrete Safaris Inc. as your Provider
    • 16-24-year-olds, select El Barrio's Operation Fightback as your Provider

Two-hundred 14-15-year-olds will be accepted by lottery for this summer's program, which will run from July - August, 2021. Cohorts will include Gardening, Outdoor Play, Health Media & Health Promotion through Concrete Safaris' Outdoor Leadership Academy - Summer Youth Employment Program 2021.

Youth will be selected through the citywide SYEP lottery, and will participate in virtual and in-person learning opportunities.

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 virtually to practice interviewing, improve their resumes, and learn about the world of work. There will be an active family engagement component, too.

Benefits

Younger Youth (ages 14-15) will receive up to $700 for up to 12 hours/week of experiential education over 5 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

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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.

OLA Youth Leadership Council

What will you gain by being a part of the Concrete Safaris Youth Leadership Council? You will:

Receive monthly outdoor adventures

Leadership, Professional, Interpersonal Development Trainings

Learn how to influence a neighborhood and city

Gain insight into college and career opportunities

Gain more confidence in communicating ideas

Meet other youth leaders across NYC

Incentives (Free stuff)

We are looking for youth who:

Concrete Safaris Alumni

Are excited about working with and advocating for social/environmental justice

Have a desire to learn

Are responsible, dependable, and willing to commit

Are willing to be challenged

Are excited to share leadership, power, and recognition

Seek ways to grow, develop and work toward self-improvement

Value different points of views

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.