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Social Awareness and Action
Martin Luther King Day Service Opportunities
Visit the following websites for service opportunities to honor Dr. King's memory on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 18, 2010.
Web Sites Promoting Social Awareness and Social Action
American Social History Project
/Center for Media and Learning. This organization, based at CUNY Graduate Center, produces print, visual and multimedia materials about the people whose actions and beliefs have shaped U.S. history.
Facing History and Ourselves . Seeks to engage educators and students in examining racism, anti-semitism and prejudice to promote self-awareness and change.
Foreign Policy Association. This non-profit organization is dedicated to inspiring students to learn about the world. Its Great Decisions program is the core of FPA's national civic-education outreach in high schools and colleges. The Great Decisions briefing book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight thematic or geographical issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today. Each article is authored by experts, and provides a concise yet comprehensive view of the current national debate, historical background, current policies and alternative policy options regarding each topic. A teachers guide accompanies the briefing book, and both may be utilized with the PBS Great Decisions Television series.
The FPA also sponsors an annual quiz competition called WorldQuest New York. Visit www.greatdecisions.org for more information.
iCivics.com. iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility (formerly Educators for Social Responsibility Metro). Offers conflict resolution and social awareness and action programs for educators, links, and teacher resources at www.teachablemoments.org.
Teaching Tolerance Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equity in education across the nation. Offers resources for teachers, parents, teenagers and children including downloadable curricula and classroom activities.
Unicef offers a web page with lesson plans to help engage students as active global citizens. Visit TeachUnicef for more information.
Sites Offering Service Opportunities
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum and MyGoodDeed have partnered to encourage the public to commemorate September 11 through acts of service. Educational resources to help develop volunteerism among students are available at the Museum's web site. Materials on The Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond can be accessed at www.national911memorial.org. The website www.911dayofservice.org supports this initiative and has more information.
92 Street Y Community Service Program
The 92 Street Y offers community service projects for high school students. Click here for a link to their webpage.
Children for Children is an organization that gives young people the skills they need to become leaders in their communities. CFC's programs help children learn to volunteer from an early age, offering meaningful service opportunities that match children's interests and abilities.
Visit City Year New York for service opportunities: in-school service programs, after-school service programs, youth leadership, and community transformation projects.
Common Cents, the creator of the Penny Harvest (the biggest child philanthropy program in the U.S.), are a non-profit organization which creates and manages service learning programs for young people.
Learn and Serve, America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, provides information about a variety of service possibilities in many areas, a calendar of service events and conferences, and a page of resources for kids and teens.
The League Worldwide is a service organization that offers students service opportunities combined with learning and cooperative, interactive events. Students participate in activities such as planting trees, food drives and other community events, and learn the value of giving. The League is open to students of all ages.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has a listing of volunteer opportunities that is updated frequently, found here.