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Joanne Sciulli, New Haven

Age: 44 Occupation: Founder of Solar Youth

By WAYNE JEBIAN

Special to CTNow

March 13, 2014

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CTNow uncovered Joanne Sciulli in New Haven's Westville Manor housing project, where she works with the nonprofit she founded, Solar Youth. At age 44, Sciulli gets questions about how she maintains her conspicuous vitality. She unearthed her secrets for CTNow: "Physical comfort, plus working with young people and good causes."

CTNow: Okay, how is the first part reflected in what you're wearing?

Sciulli: I am wearing a very large, very comfortable Jennifer Lopez sweater bought at Kohl's. I actually happen to know that.

CTNow: And the rest?

Sciulli: Yoga pants from Target, and these Merona boots are also from Target.

CTNow: What about the hat?

Sciulli: I found that somewhere. Should I make something up?

CT: No...now what about the young people and good causes part?

Sciulli: Solar Youth runs programs in low-income neighborhoods in New Haven, and our goal is to create opportunities for kids ages four to eighteen-plus to make positive changes in their communities and their environment. That's my day job.

CTNow: Lucky you. And how do the rest of us get a piece of this?

Sciulli: Come to our benefit, 'Solar Youth's Solar Jam' on March 27th at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.