Now Accepting Applications for Year Five!
Sustainable Long Island is excited to announce the start of our Fifth Annual High School Fellowship program to begin this July!
The High School Fellowship program offers students an opportunity to learn about community and regional planning, civic engagement, and sustainable development. The Fellowship is open to junior and senior high school students who are interested in planning, sustainability, and public participation, and are also committed to making an impact within their communities. In previous years, Fellows have learned about brownfields, food equity, and environmental justice as well as how to engage their peers in local revitalization projects.
This is an exciting opportunity for young adults to get involved in projects taking place across Long Island and learn about pressing issues the region faces while thinking through innovative steps to address challenges to create positive economic, environmental, and social change.
For more information or to apply, please email Janice Moynihan, Community Planner and Educational Program Coordinator at email@example.com today!
High School Fellowship: Year Four
For year four of the High School Fellowship, Sustainable Long Island hired four junior and senior high school students interested in issues of sustainability, community planning and development, and civic engagement to participate in planning processes, engage other young adults in planning for the future, and learning about local and regional food systems. The Fellowship is an opportunity to learn about and participate in community based planning and regional efforts to ensure a sustainable Long Island for generations to come.
Sustainable LI’s Fellowship Class of 2012-2013:
- Glen Farquharson, Jr
- Kayla Bomani
- Quanah Bennett
- Lauren Birck
HS Fellowship Recap (Year 1-3):
Participation of youth is essential to the future of planning. Through Sustainable Long Island’s High School Fellowship Program, participants will have the opportunity to learn and participate in community based planning and engage other youth from across the region. These young adults are smart, creative and hard working. They have taken ownership of the fellowship and completed their work with excellence and professionalism.
Sustainable LI’s Fellowship Class of 2011-2012:
- Ashif Hassan
- Holly Josephs
- Stephanie Mejia
- Makese Powe
- Emily Wilkins
Highlights from the Third Annual Fellowship’s program included:
- Researching and working on local and regional water issues, while learning about conservation measures to help protect this vital resource.
- Facilitating an interactive youth visioning workshop for our closed auto dealership project at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Bellport Area. The Fellows recorded participants’ comments, helped to identify themes, and worked with their peers to rethink the future of their community.
- Launching a Community Engagement Page on Facebook, where they continue to develop ways to raise awareness of planning among their peers and community
Sustainable Long Island's Fellowship Class of 2010-2011
- Sarah DeGray
- Ibeth Escobar
- Matthew Lippertshauser
- Sean Mohan
- Monica Velasquez
- Brian Yakkey
Sustainable Long Island 2nd Annual High School Fellowship employed numerous high school juniors and seniors across Long Island to work closely with staff on community planning and revitalization projects within the organization.
Funded by the Levitt Foundation, this program engages students in a local community planning project, develop creative, fun outreach methods targeted at young adults, and learn about local and regional food systems while helping with Sustainable Long Island’s youth-run farmers’ markets.
“This fellowship gives the chance for students to see what it’s like to work at a nonprofit organization, complete day-to-day tasks, while focusing on numerous projects and planning processes” said Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director, Sustainable Long Island. “Students will be active in and learning about issues of sustainability, community planning, and development and civic engagement.”
Students including Sarah DeGray of Sachem High School North, Ibeth Escobar of Roosevelt High School, Matthew Lippertshauser of Bethpage High School, and Monica Velasquez of Uniondale High School receive a stipend for their work, which entails a one year part-time commitment including 20 hours a week in the summer and five hours a week during the school year. This program helped students build different skills, while providing experience to those who will soon be off to college looking for more part time, and eventually, full time jobs.
“It’s important to me to get younger people involved in issues that our communities face on a daily basis,” said Matthew Lippertshauser. “I hope to learn from this experience and educate others along the way.”
Sustainable Long Island's Fellowship Class of 2009-2010
- Rachel Kaufman
- Adam Roberts
- Colby Sim
The inaugural year of our High School Fellowship was a tremendous success. Some highlights for the students included the opportunity to attend and present at the Long Island Regional Planning Council and meet with several regional leaders including Kirk Kordeleski, President and CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
Additionally, they attended a week-long Environmental Citizenship Institute at CW Post. Other experiences have included presenting at a Sustainable Long Island Board of Director’s Meeting, attending press conferences with local government officials and meeting Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and NYS Governor Paterson at a local Long Island event. From these experiences, the students learned first-hand how government operates informing them of how to be advocates for environmental change.
The students assisted in outreach for Freeport community process and developed draft outreach materials for the general community and for youth, while also participating in physically placing the materials in the community.
Contact Janice Moynihan at 516-873-0230 x105 for more information on future fellowship opportunities!
First Year Fellows Bethpage Powerpoint
Second Year Fellow Farmingdale Visioning Report
Fourth Year Fellowship Application