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Sacramento Sustainability Academy

Sacramento Sustainability Academy

The Sacramento Sustainability Academy is a workforce development program to provide young people an introduction to climate action and community resilience work. Building on SSP’s history of providing youth and young adults with hands-on experience with tools, home repairs, and high impact community projects, the Academy is focused on energy efficiency through the lens of building science, urban agriculture as a tool for achieving food security/sovereignty through permaculture design principles (often referred to as Afro-Indigenous wisdom), and manufacturing design skills to provide young people high demand and cutting edge skills for high paying professions.

We are hosting three cohorts, two in the spring, and one in summer:

The spring cohorts runs mid March through May.

  • Urban Agriculture & Food Sovereignty.
  • Building Science, Construction, & Energy Efficiency.

The summer cohort runs May through July.

  • Additive Manufacturing & Materials Processing.

SSP is now hiring 24 Academy (8 per cohort) fellows, ages 18-30, for our Spring and Summer cohorts. Program Fellows receive $18/hour for 24 hours per week. The schedule is consistent Tuesday through Friday from 8am – 3pm.

Questions? Reach out to program leaders at ssa@sierraserviceproject.org.

All program fellows must reside within the city limits of Sacramento, and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Resides within a Qualified Census Tract (a low-income area as designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development);
  2. Resides in a low- or moderate-income household;
  3. Resides in a household that experienced unemployment;
  4. Resides in a household that experienced increased food or housing insecurity;
  5. Resides in a household that is receiving services from Tribal governments; or
  6. Resides in a household that qualifies for the following federal assistance: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Free and Reduced Price School Lunch and Breakfast, Head Start, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, Section 8 Vouchers, or Pell Grant.

Priority will be given to individuals who:

  1. Have not participated in an AmeriCorps program;
  2. May have difficulty finding employment;
  3. Are low-income;
  4. Are unemployed and/or out of school;
  5. Are or were justice-involved;
  6. Are in or transitioning from foster care; or
  7. Are engaged with the mental health or substance abuse system.

We are accepting applications for Spring ’24 and Summer ’24. 

Please submit your application using the button link below:

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  1. See how Sacramento youth are getting paid to help the planet - City Express February 23, 2024 (10:23 am)

    […] The Sacramento Sustainability Academy will open three new cohorts this spring, including urban agriculture, energy efficiency, and construction designs. To apply, visit http://www.sierraserviceproject.org/sac-academy. […]

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