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 Learning

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.

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 and read previous Service in Schools newsletters.

2016-2017 Newsletters

November 2016 Newsletter
October 2016 Newsletter
September 2016 Newsletter

2015-2016 Newsletters
June 2016 Newsletter
May 2016 Newsletter
April 2016 Newsletter
March 2016 Newsletter
February 2016 Newsletter
January 2016 Newsletter
December 2015 Newsletter
November 2015 Newsletter
October 2015 Newsletter
September 2015 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. 

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.

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 Kids Care Club facilitators will also benefit from professional learning and networking opportunities to maximize club impact and student engagement.

Impact on NYC Public Schools

Data gathered from educators in the 2015-16 school year revealed Service in Schools' impact on students and schools in NYC. Important findings include:

  • 452,718 students participated in at least one school-led service and/or service-learning activity
  • Students performed more than 10,846 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 75%, or 1,122 responding schools, reported that they accessed resources and/or partnered with at least one external organization to support their service initiatives

To review the complete results from the Service in Schools 2015-16 End-of-Year Summary Report, please click here.