Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP)

Are you interested in being a College Mentor? You must be enrolled at a college or university and be interested in working with youth.

Summer college mentor experience: An up to 35 hours/week experience to mentor high school interns in our summer program. It’s a seasonal position for 8-12 weeks from June through August. Applications are available March/April. Preference is given to Newark residents and to students in biology, environmental science, or related majors. Click here to read the full job description and apply.


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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

“Even if you don’t observe the potential you have within yourself, the Conservancy will draw that potential out and strengthen it.” Tashii B.


For almost 20 years, the Newark Youth Leadership Project has seen hundreds of youth participants graduate and thrive.  Through mentorship and exposure to outdoor and horticultural activities, our year-round training program guides high school students in their development of interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills. We empower and enrich our interns’ lives by preparing them for college, by improving their technical skills, and by exposing them to the natural environment.

 “The Conservancy’s NYLP taught me an enormous amount: from time-management skills to the importance of taking care of the environment and the substantial benefits to beautifying it.” Michael B.

During the 6-week summer program, interns are given the opportunity to work in one of several departments. Our Youth Farm Stand, Community Greening, Nutrition and Environmental Education, Horticulture, Urban Farming, Tree Farm or Office/Media departments each give the interns unique training and a hands-on environmental education.

“The Conservancy has opened a gate of experience for me.” Tashii B.

Educators, mentors, and interns have been inspired and encouraged by what they have achieved within the program. Our education enrichment days are especially beneficial for the students. During the summer program, speakers and professionals give weekly workshops on topics such as finances, nutrition, and public speaking. The students and educators are amazed by what they learn.

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“I realize how much I missed helping young people and how much fun it is to banter back and forth with students and see them getting excited about something new.” Cat A., Budget Blonde

“College interviewers have asked the question, “How did you get to where you are today?” I reply by asking, “Have you heard of Greater Newark Conservancy?” Tashii B.

Are you interested in becoming an NYLP intern? You must be must be a Newark resident, enrolled in high school (sophomore to senior year as of July 2018), and have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

The summer program: A 16-20 hours/week program that runs from July to August. Applications are available now and the deadline to apply is early January.

The school year program: An up to 10 hours/week program that runs from October through May.  Applications are available in late August and the deadline to apply is in September.