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The following organizations work with New York City public schools to engage students in community service and service-learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leadership. Engagement. Impact. Through its Students In Action program, the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) trains high school and middle school students to effectively build a culture of student-led service in their school communities. Students participate in free leadership conferences where they network with students from other schools and learn skills that help them identify and work on their service passions. Students use these leadership skills to engage their peers in volunteerism, and to visualize, plan and implement projects that have a positive impact on their communities and world. JAF also offers the Lead360 Challenge and GlobeChangers programs for youth.
For more information: www.jeffersonawards.org
NYC events and programs: http://studentsinaction.jeffersonawards.org/regions/new-york-city/
Lead2Feed is a student leadership program for middle and high school students that teaches them to become passionate, service-minded leaders for life. Lead2Feed provides teachers with free project-based lessons aligned to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills. Lessons are leadership driven activities centered on the challenge of solving a hunger issue locally or globally. Student teams enter the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge with an opportunity to earn up to $500,000 in awards they may donate to non-profit hunger organizations.
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.
In effort to develop the next generation of volunteers, 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 Service was founded in April 2009 in response to President Obama's national call for volunteerism and a goal of engaging 100 million Americans in service by 2020. NYC Service targets volunteers to address New York City’s greatest needs by mobilizing the power of volunteers to impact six areas: Strengthening Communities, Education Excellence, Economic and Workforce Development, Health and Well Being, Environment and Emergency Preparedness and Response. In addition to these six areas, NYC Service seeks to elevate Youth Volunteer Service as a leadership and development strategy for the city. NYC Service offers a range of citywide volunteer opportunities for all ages to participate in.
Students for Service leads the Teens for Food Justice program, a community service and service-learning initiative empowering high school students with the opportunity to increase access to healthy food and fight for justice in their communities. High school students who volunteer will receive training, skills, and confidence to lead outreach and educate their peers on food access, food literacy, nutrition, fitness, and affordable healthy living. These outreach activities are designed to encourage and empower teens to think critically and advocate for important issues facing their communities.
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.
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.