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The Summer Sustainability Institute

About The Summer Sustainability Institute: The Summer Sustainability Institute (SSI) is a fun, immersive, hands-on summer program for high school students in Beaver County. The program is an educational experience in sustainability and community development and meets generally twice per week at various locations around Beaver County. These meetings will introduce students to exciting and innovative organizations and initiatives in the region that exist at the intersection of community and sustainability. 
Intended to provide both a local and global introduction to the issues of sustainable development and leadership, this program offers a unique opportunity for students who wish to become more aware of how to be leaders for change in their community and beyond. 
Watch to learn more: Visit our collection of SSI videos on YouTube to see the program in action.
Partners: Some of our previous nonprofit and municipal partners include the following: Neighborhood North: Museum of Play, Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community (BCMAC), Three Rivers Water Keeper and Allegheny Clean Ways, Crop and Kettle, Uncommon Grounds Cafe, The Genesis Collective, the city of Beaver Falls, the Beaver Falls Community Development Corporation, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Communicycle, and others.
Registration for the 2024 program is now open! REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/RiverwiseSSI24
Qualities of the Ideal Candidate: High school aged students interested in learning about building stronger communities, community development, sustainability, environmental responsibility, and other related topics. The ideal candidate should have an interest in receiving real world exposure to environmental, economic, and social justice work being done in Beaver County, western PA, and beyond.
Requirements: Eligible students must be a Beaver County student who has just completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. 
Cost: Free!
Program Benefits: All students who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion, a customized letter of recommendation, and a $250 stipend. 
Students will also be introduced to a wide and growing network of leaders, organizations, and employers who are engaged in sustainable community development efforts throughout Beaver County and beyond.
Further Program Dates and Details: The program will be held at various locations between July 10 and Aug. 7, with 9 total meetings on each Wednesday and Friday.
Deadline: The application deadline is until June 15. Simple registration is available here.
The following schedule has not been finalized and could change. A finalized schedule will be available later in June.
Wednesday, July 10
10 AM to 2 PM
The Greenhouse Lab
801 Franklin Avenue
Aliquippa, PA
Welcome! Introduction to Sustainability and Community Development
Friday, July 12
10 AM to 3 PM
Location TBDTeam Building and Togetherness Activity
Wednesday, July 17
10 AM to 3 PM
Monaca Boat LaunchWater and Air Quality: Experiential Learning
Friday, July 19
10 AM to 3 PM
Falls Park
Beaver Falls, PA
Community Development: Experiential Learning
Wednesday, July 24
10 AM to 3 PM
Aliquippa, PAAgriculture and Equity with Crop and Kettle
Friday, July 26
10 AM to 3 PM
Bradys Run ParkTree Planting with Reforest Our Future 
Wednesday, July 31
10 AM to 3 PM
Monaca, PAClean Energy Discussion and Net-Zero Home Tour
Friday, August 2
10 AM to 3 PM
TBDMobility Activity: Experiential Learning
Wednesday, August 7
10 AM to 3 PM
The Greenhouse Lab
801 Franklin Avenue
Aliquippa, PA
Final Discussion
Friday, August 9
Time TBD
Location TBD
Final event *OPTIONAL*
Kayaking with Outdoor Immersion