About Us

Service in Schools

The NYC Department of Education's Service in Schools initiative began in August 2010 in partnership with NYC Service, Office of the Mayor.


Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning experiences that enable them to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking to affect positive change in their communities and the world.

Services to NYC Public Schools

Service in Schools offers a range of resources for schools to empower students, as well as recognizes and helps schools sustain outstanding service and service-learning programs.

Direct Support

Service in Schools directly assists schools to develop and improve their community service and service-learning programs. Through school site visits as well as email and phone outreach, Service in Schools works with educators and school leaders to answer questions and provide resources and ideas to expand their school service programs. Email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov to have a member of the team visit your school to learn about your service projects and see the impact you're making on the community.

Service-Learning Professional Development

Each school year, Service in Schools provides professional development workshops for schools interested and ready to implement service-learning, a teaching strategy that integrates meaningful community service with classroom curriculum. The workshops provide strategies for building a culture of service and service-learning in your school community as well as how to  evaluate its impact on students' achievement.

Educator Resources

Service in Schools provides schools with resources to create and enhance their community service and service-learning programs.

Through the monthly newsletter and this website, Service in Schools regularly communicates upcoming grant opportunities, professional development workshops, local service projects, partners, and helpful resources.

Click on the links below to access read previous Service in Schools newsletters.

2014-2015 Newsletters
February 2015 Newsletter
January 2015 Newsletter
December 2014 Newsletter
November 2014 Newsletter
October 2014 Newsletter
September 2014 Newsletter

Service-Learning Grant Awards

Service in Schools offers an annual $1,000 Service-Learning Grant to selected schools that apply, in order to help foster a culture of service across NYC public schools. Click here for a list of the 150 grant winning schools from 2013-2014 school year.

Service in Schools Kids Care Clubs

In an effort to further engage and support schools in service-learning and school-led service, Service in Schools is supporting selected schools in creating Service in Schools Kids Care Clubs. Selected elementary schools (grades K-5) will receive continuous on and off-site support and guidance from Service in Schools, in partnership with generationOn, to develop and sustain the club's project ideas and activities. Service in Schools club facilitators will also benefit from professional development and networking opportunities to maximize club impact and student engagement.

Impact on NYC Public Schools

Data gathered from service coordinators in the 2013-14 school year revealed Service in Schools' impact on students and schools in NYC. Important findings include:

  • 489,116 students participated in at least one school-led service and/or service-learning activity
  • Students performed more than 10,239 school-led service and/or service-learning projects
  • An overwhelming majority of responding schools reported that school-led service and/or service-learning activities have a positive impact on their students’ development and ability to benefit their community
  • Approximately 85%, or 1,207 responding schools reported that they partnered with at least one external organization to support their service initiatives

To review the complete results from the Service in Schools 2013-14 End-of-Year survey, please click here.