The Summer Community Leaders program is a ten-week summer of service experience and collaborative learning community of 19 excellent undergraduates. SCL members serve 30 hours a week building the capacity of local non-profit partner while receiving rigorous academic, professional, and personal support from TCNJ faculty, staff, and community mentors. SCL members receive a $3,000 stipend and $1,311.11 Segal Education Award. As a group, they participate in weekly trainings, discussions, and guest lectures.
The purpose of the Summer Community Leaders program is to provide mentored internships for students that develop skills in leadership and civic engagement, enhance the academic experience, and inform career goals while building the capacity of non-profit organizations in Trenton and addressing community-identified needs.
Meet the Members
Get to know our Summer Community Leaders on our Meet the Members Page.
The application consists of two components: an AmeriCorps application and a cover letter & resume submitted via Handshake for TCNJ students or via email for non-TCNJ students. Students will also complete a survey to rank their interest in three issue areas: food security, youth education, and adult education. Instructions on how to create an AmeriCorps application can be found here.
The AmeriCorps application will require two written references. One of these references must be a faculty member. Choose someone who can speak to your qualities as a student, as well as your ability to work independently and with a team, carry out projects to completion, and solve problems.
First wave: Applications must be submitted and complete by March 19th. Finalists will be invited to interview with non-profit internship supervisors during the week of April 5th-9th.
Second wave: Applications must be submitted and complete by April 9th. Finalists will be invited to interview with non-profit internship supervisors during the week of April 19th-23rd.
Third wave: The final wave will open remaining SCL positions to non-TCNJ students. Applications must be submitted and complete by April 23rd. Finalists will be invited to interview with non-profit internship supervisors during the week of May 3rd-6th.
Questions? Contact SCL@tcnj.edu
*Position descriptions for 2021 are currently being finalized. Please see the 2021 Community Partner list for a brief description of each position.*
2021 Community Partners
- Arm in Arm – Assist on-site at one of 3 pantries with preparation and packing of bags of food for distribution to community members experiencing food insecurity
- Capital Area YMCA – Assist with the management of the Summer Meals Program, a USDA-sponsored initiative which provides free nutritious and balanced meals to children when school is not in session. Assist staff in the distribution of grab & go meals, package prepared children’s meals for residents, follow all food safety guidelines, and assist staff with the set-up/breakdown of site locations; Coordinate and recruit volunteers for the Summer Meal Service Program and Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market.
- HomeFront – working with children through in-person and virtual camp on enrichment and academic activities
- Isles Inc. – Support school and community gardens, Assist with production & educational gardens and distribution of food to emergency food providers, Plan and implement garden & food-focused community events and public engagement efforts
- Meals on Wheels – ideal candidate will have access to car to deliver meals to homebound participants, Assisting with initiatives for participants, including Friendly Visiting Program, art & puzzle items, etc. and social media/communications projects
- Mercer Street Friends – Counselors will support the Summer Learning Program teachers and participate in the teachers plans to execute lessons that align with the established curriculum and meet the needs, abilities, and interests of participating students.
- Millhill Child and Family Development Center – (1) STEM Coach/Mentors to middle school students grades 7,8,9; (2) Camp Rise Assistant Coordinator – Stem and literacy camp for children in K-4; and (3) Summer Youth Workforce Coordinator – virtual job training program for youth ages 16-21
- Princeton YMCA – Provide administrative support for the ACE and Youth Forum programs that work with economically-disadvantaged students in Princeton’s middle and high school
- Trenton Area Soup Kitchen – looking for students to fill adult education, food security and job training position
- Trenton Health Team – Support local food systems planning efforts, Help in planning Trenton Food Stakeholders meetings, Record meeting minutes for Trenton Food Stakeholders meetings, Assist in managing the Trenton Area Free Food Resources tool, Help field requests from Trenton Food Stakeholders members
- Urban Promise – SCL will teach inner-city children ages 6-13 participating in the camp and mentor our teenage StreetLeaders who are all high school students in Trenton. SCL will help develop curriculum for the summer and teach one of four classes and lead activities for the campers, while guiding the high school students who also work with the children.
Applicants must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior with a 3.0+ GPA (graduating students may not apply). Preference is given to students possessing:
- Leadership and/or civic engagement experience
- Interest in social change
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Professionalism, commitment, curiosity, and creativity
As a requirement of AmeriCorps/Corporation for National & Community Service, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States to apply.