The following organizations work with New York City public schools to engage students in community service and service-learning.  If you're interested in becoming a partner or posting a resource or opportunity, please email our team.

    • American Red Cross in Greater New York

        The American Red Cross in Great New York (ARC/GNY) partners with NYC high school students through Red Cross Clubs in NYC schools. Red Cross Clubs are service groups that aid the mission of ARC/GNY and allow students to help their communities prepare for and respond to disasters, acquire valuable skills, and become lifelong members of the ARC/GNY family.

    • BuildOn

        BuildOn partners with US urban high schools to mobilize students through community service and service-learning programs so that they make changes in communities and break the cycles of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations.   With their high schools, it also organize community service events for elementary school students to join. 

    • Cathryn Berger Kaye and CBK Associates

        A national expert in K-12 service-learning, Cathryn Berger Kaye provides a robust list of service-learning books, authors, and free curriculum resources for educators. She leads multi-day professional development workshops and conferences for teachers, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to develop and expand service-learning. 

    • City Harvest

        City Harvest is NYC’s food rescue organization, rescuing 33 million pounds of food annually and delivering it to 600 emergency food programs throughout the five boroughs.  NYC students can volunteer by organizing food drives for City Harvest and rescuing fresh fruits and vegetables at the Union Square Greenmarket.

    • Common Cents
        Common Cents leads the Penny Harvest, a community service program that helps students to raise funds and then empowers them to make decisions as they choose charities to receive their funds.  
    • Generation Citizen

        Generation Citizen partners with NYC middle and high schools to lead students through an in-class "action civics" curriculum that allows young people to learn about the democratic process by taking action on issues that matter to them. Classroom teachers and trained college "Democracy Coach" volunteers work together as students brainstorm and analyze community issues, develop and execute strategic action plans, and become change-makers in their own communities.

    • GenerationOn
        GenerationOn offers service-learning training and curriculum resources to teachers and school leaders.  It strives to help students develop into healthy, empowered, creative problem-solvers and global leaders by experiencing their power and potential through service and service-learning. 
    • GreenThumb

        GreenThumb provides technical and material support to NYC urban gardeners.  A member of “Grow to Learn NYC: the Citywide School Garden Initiative,” GreenThumb extends support to schools that want to make gardening part of their educational and service-learning experiences.

    • Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots
        Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute's global environmental and humanitarian youth program. It offers service-learning professional development and free curriculum for educators in NYC. With members in more than 120 countries, Roots & Shoots provides a network where schools can take action to help people, animals, and the environment.
    • Kids Creative

        Kids Creative offers arts-based, peace education programs for Pre-K-12th grade students through its after-school programs, summer camps, and workshops and professional development for teachers.  Its programs foster confidence, creativity, conflict resolution, and anti-bullying strategies for students to lead and serve their communities.  High school students also have an opportunity to serve by leading younger participants in its annual summer camp. 

    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Program
        The Pennies for Patients Program is a service and philanthropy program that provides schools with materials, videos, collection boxes, and lesson plans to organize students to collect spare change for over a three-week period in spring of the school year.  The students’ fundraising efforts support research for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.  
    • MillionTreesNYC
        The goal of MillionTreesNYC is to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City over the next decade. Classrooms can participate in free tree education programs, plantings on school grounds and service-learning opportunities from the NYC Parks Department, New York Restoration Project and other nonprofit organizations. 
    • Museum of Tolerance New York

        Part of a network of museums across the country, this New York based museum has various programs to engage middle and high school students in the important dialogue to reduce and prevent bullying, racism, and prejudice.  It offers interactive educational exhibits that address the history of international human rights and promote social action and community service.  Classrooms and may engage in tours and day-long programs, and teachers may participate in professional development workshops to expand social awareness and activism in schools.

    • New York Cares
        New York Cares engages high school students through service learning and volunteer activities. They offer one-time service learning and volunteer opportunities to New York City high schools and community organizations. 
    • NYC Department for the Aging’s Innovative Senior Centers

        As part of City’s Age-Friendly initiative to make New York City more livable for older residents, the NYC Department for the Aging developed the Innovative Senior Centers.  These centers welcome NYC high school volunteers to support their services for seniors, including robust health and wellness programs, arts and cultural programs, and technology.  

    • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development's Teen ACTION

        Led by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Teen ACTION (Achieving Change Together In Our Neighborhoods) is an after-school service-learning program that provides structured learning, community service projects, and reflection for participating students in grades 7-10.  Students develop responsible life skills while making meaningful contributions to their school and community.

    • Peace Corps Fellows Program

        Based at the Teachers College at Columbia University, this two-year teacher training program prepares returned Peace Corps Volunteers to become dedicated service-learning teachers in high-needs NYC public schools.  Designed by Peace Corps Fellows and staff, its Urban Education Clearinghouse provides lesson plans and community resources for all urban teachers.


    • Points of Light Institute
        Points of Light provides people with access to 500,000 projects and other opportunities to learn new skills and engage in work to improve their communities with the goal of mobilizing 3.5 million people to use their time, talent, voice and money to create community change.
    • Redemption, Inc
        Redemption, Inc., is a nonprofit youth-education and community empowerment organization. Redemption’s overarching goal is to bridge the gap between children in disadvantaged Brooklyn communities and success. It serves to enable teens that are at-risk of failing classes, dropping out of school and sabotaging their ability to excel academically and to become community leaders. Redemption encourages the educational advancement of youth by promoting intergenerational learning, community involvement, and self-advocacy.
    • Stoked to Serve

        A program of the nonprofit organization Stoked, “Stoked to Serve” combines the power of community service with action sports culture.  Students in grades 8-12 can volunteer at NYC service events that include sports lessons.  Students beautify the very same parks, beaches, and community gardens where they take skateboarding or surf lessons.

    • Students for Service

        High school students can volunteer at a variety of community service projects organized by Students for Service during the school year.  Students volunteer on weekends and holidays, working alongside like-minded teens from across the city and supporting causes and organizations about which they are passionate.

    • Youth Service America (YSA)

        YSA educates teachers with strategies to empower youth to be problem-solvers and engages youth to volunteer, succeed academically, and be leaders in their communities.  YSA coordinates Global Youth Service Day for students and Semester of Service for schools and provides a wide variety of resources and trainings.  It also distributes over $1 million in grants annually to support service-learning.

    • Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP)

        Committed to helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems, this NYC-based  organization organizes day-long, overnight and week-long community service programs that serve the  homeless and hungry.  YSOP works with groups of student volunteers in grades 7-12.