Innovative youth leadership development non-profit – Summer Search – looking to fill two positions in NYC

Lots of great job/internship opportunities coming through the pipeline. Here is one for an organization called Summer Search.

I am the founder of the NYC office of Summer Search, a transformative leadership development program for disadvantaged young people who strive to break cycles of persistent poverty, make the transition into productive adulthood, and become the positive role models that their communities so critically need. We’re currently looking to hire two positions in New York: a Program Associate and a Development and Operations Assistant. For detailed job descriptions, go here.

Summer Search employs an original youth leadership development model called “RAP” that selects and cultivates low-income high school students who show potential for resiliency in the face of significant adversity, who are altruistic in their aspirations and actions, and who are performing well in some area of their lives. We accomplish our mission through a combination of intensive, weekly mentoring that focuses on personal accountability and self-examination, access to two life-changing summer experiential education programs (like Outward Bound, NOLS and AFS), tailored college and financial aid advising services, and extended support services for alumni in college and beyond, including professional development and networking resources. We have seven offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia, in addition to New York.

Through collaborative partnerships with high schools, summer experiential education programs, colleges, and corporate employers, Summer Search provides students with the developmental tools to change their own lives and become leaders who are invested in helping others. This intervention has proved very successful: 93% of seniors have matriculated to college and those enrolled have a college graduation rate of 89%. By earning a college degree, these students are doing something only 21% of low-income young people nationally achieve and are literally ending the cycle of poverty and changing the future for their families and communities.

Summer Search is an amazing program that I’ve worked with for ten years (since graduating from Yale!) and I hope anyone interesting in truly changing the lives of disadvantaged, young New Yorkers will take a look at this great career opportunity.

Eden Werring, National Director of Strategic Partnerships

Fifteenth Anniversary Party for Green Corp – NYC

From a fellow alum–

You are invited to attend the…GREEN CORPS 15th Birthday Bash and Benefit

Celebrating 15 Years of Training the Next Generation of Environmental and Social Change Leaders

March 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery
526 West 26th Street, No. 213

OPEN BAR and hors d’oeuvres

Featuring Special Guest Speaker: William Powers, author and conservationist

Tickets: $50 in advance and $75 at the door. RSVP to

Contributions can be made here.

Here is the email copy:

I want to invite you to one of the best and definitely most important – parties of the year: the New York City celebration of Green Corps’s fifteenth anniversary. Green Corps is an extraordinary organization that trains the next generation of environmental and social change leaders, people on the front lines of today’s biggest environmental and political battles.

Since graduating from Yale in 1999, I have spent the past eight years working with Green Corps to help recent college graduates launch their careers in environmental and social change advocacy. We’re celebrating our 15th anniversary with a big bash and benefit in NYC on March 1st at the beautiful Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in Chelsea from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. It will bring together some of New York City’s top environmental, political, and social change leaders (list below). The event is being organized by Yale alumni Glenn Hurowitz (Class of 2000) and Adam de Havenon (Class of 2002), and includes several Yalies on the host committee, including Frances Beinecke (President of NRDC), Seth Brown (Class of 2000), Adam Gordon (Class of 2000), Annie Decker (current), Diana Adams (Class of 2001), Margie Klein (Class of 2001), and Matt Runkle (Class of 2000).

RSVP now by emailing Entrance tickets are $50 in advance and $75 at the door. Contributions can be made at

We’re honored to have author and pioneering conservationist William Powers as our speaker. Mr. Powers will have just returned from a five year stint in Bolivia, where he worked deep in the Amazon with indigenous people to protect more than 3 million acres of endangered tropical forest, a groundbreaking, prize-winning project that leveraged the financial resources of the some of the world’s biggest polluters to conserve the forests that produce the world’s oxygen – establishing a model for tackling global warming around the world. Mr. Powers wrote about his experiences in his recent book Whispering in the Giant’s Ear and Blue Clay People, and is the author of the children’s book Kusau and the Tree of Life. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and on National Public Radio.

Spitzer Ties Increased School Budgets To Performance

The New York Times reports that Governor Eliot Spitzer has taken a page out of new school social enterprise philosophy and allocated more funds to the New York State education system but tied it to a performance-based system.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York said today that he would allocate more money to the state’s public education system in his 2008 budget proposal, but he said the increased spending would be tied to better results from schools, educators and students.

Thanksgiving Day: Volunteering At Your Local Soup Kitchen

Thanksgiving Day
There is no better way to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day than to head down to your local soup kitchen to volunteer. If you live in New York City, here are some resources for you. The Bowery Mission is probably the most popular, but there are several other organizations that are well known in the city and that do good work.

The Bowery Mission in New York City: Thanksgiving Volunteer Information. [NOW FULL] You’ll need to fill out an online form to register before you can volunteer.

City Meals On Wheels: Citymeals-on-Wheels’ Senior Centers need your help on Thanksgiving Day. Help PREPARE, SERVE and DELIVER MEALS.

New York Cares: New York Cares has hundreds of different ways that you can make a difference in our city this holiday season.  Help prep and serve a Thanksgiving dinner for the clients of the Yorkville Common Pantry on the Upper East Side.  Check out there blog here. (I’ve participated in several New York Cares events and they are top notch.)

EDIT: More organizations to volunteer at on Thanksgiving Day– Feel free to send me other organizations that I can add to this list.

VolunteerNYC: Opportunities to volunteer (LINK FIXED!) – The Isaiah J. Jones Memorial Foundation will be hosting their third annual Thanksgiving dinner for our homeless. VolunteerNYC lists opportunities with various charities and nonprofits in the NYC area.

Robin HoodVolunteer opportunities.  The following organizations best match your interests. Click on the name of an organization to find out more about the available volunteer opportunities as well as who to contact to get involved.

Hope for NY– Lists many different types of volunteer opportunities in and near New York City.  Please visit there site to browse through the opportunities and RSVP for any that interest you.

  • Put together food boxes (to be delivered to the needy).  Can be done with the family. RSVP HERE.
  • The Bowery Mission.  You won’t be working directly with the homeless but since this is a big operation, there are plenty of opportunities to help with the logistics, planning, and coordination.  The catch is that you have to attend a training on Nov 15.  There are four shifts you can RSVP for: 6:30am-10am; 9:30am-1pm; 12:30pm-4pm; 3:30-7pm.


The Shake Shack Is Getting WiFi Internet Access

Wifi At The Shake Shack
Here’s a snapshot of NYC Wireless volunteers putting up WiFi equipment on the roof of the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park in NYC. I helped out with this install and we anticipate the hotspot to be up and fully functional by the end of next week.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is the organization behind this and they are looking for sponsors. If you know anyone who is interested, let me know and I’ll pass the message along!