Gather Corps is a teen-oriented educational and leadership initiative that ties in with the Mothership–Gather New Haven. Aptly named by a focus group of local teens, Gather Corps honors the newly formed Gather New Haven organization (created in January 2020 with the merging of New Haven Land Trust and New Haven Farms) and will help work to extend Gather New Haven’s community outreach this summer.
Given the unique nature of Summer 2020 (and Gather New Haven’s goal to provide equitable education and resources to the New Haven community, no matter the circumstances), Gather Corps will be this summer’s adaptation of our previous Junior Counselor program. As we work to create a weekly activity guide with interactive and educational content, Gather Corps will work alongside us, offering teenagers the chance to gain leadership skills and to participate in community engagement through an environmental justice lens. Gather Corps will provide local teens the chance to be a storyteller through digital media and to learn what it takes to create an impact within their community through instructional content. The Gather Corps (GC’s for short) will be trained and deployed to create video segments to help you and your children engage with the content on the activity guide.
GC’s will help guide participants through the Schooner High Tide Activity Guide by creating fun educational videos, as well as gathering nature observations within their neighborhood for the guide segment, Nature on my Block. Along with that, GC’s will also gain professional experience in teaching, community engagement initiatives that they help create, peer reviewing, learning about story mapping with arcGIS, and meeting guest specialists during a weekly check-in call.
If you have a teen that would be interested in working alongside us this summer, please fill out this google form survey, linked here. If you have any questions, email me, Nikki, at email@example.com. Please use “Gather Corps” as the subject line and include your teen’s name and email.
Gather Corps is an opportunity for your teen to get volunteer hours and participate in an adaptive conservation initiative. We request your teen to participate in at least 2 consecutive weeks (in order that they see their work appear as content for the community) and a virtual training on the week of July 6th (TBD). We also request that you review the Gather Corps Behavior Policy and please fill out the Liability and Photo Release form, both linked below.