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.
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.
Each school year, Service in Schools provides professional learning 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.
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 and read previous Service in Schools newsletters.2016-2017 NewslettersJanuary 2017 NewsletterDecember 2016 NewsletterNovember 2016 NewsletterOctober 2016 NewsletterSeptember 2016 Newsletter
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High school students interested in becoming leaders while also serving the community can apply for the Service in Schools (SIS) Leadership Institute! The SIS Leadership Institute is an exciting opportunity, powered by Service in Schools, for NYC public high school students in grades 10-12 to build their leadership skills over the course of a five-day Institute during spring break, from Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, 2017. The SIS Leadership Institute culminates in the planning and implementation of a day-long Youth Service Summit for elementary school students on Friday, May 26, 2017. Click here for more information. Click here to apply today.
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. Congratulations to the 100 NYC public schools that were awarded a Service-Learning Grant for the 2015-2016 school year! Click here for the full list of recipients.
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 Kids Care Club facilitators will also benefit from professional learning and networking opportunities to maximize club impact and student engagement.
Data gathered from educators in the 2015-16 school year revealed Service in Schools' impact on students and schools in NYC. Important findings include:
To review the complete results from the Service in Schools 2015-16 End-of-Year Summary Report, please click here.