The following organizations work with New York City public schools to engage students in community service and service-learning.
The American Red Cross in Greater New York partners with NYC high schools through the Red Cross Clubs program. The program provides club members with meaningful opportunities to serve their community and develop leadership skills. Student leaders plan and implement school and community-based service projects, such as organizing blood drives and providing disaster preparedness education.
A national expert in K-12 service-learning, Cathryn Berger Kaye and CBK Associates provide a robust portfolio of service-learning books, authors, and free curriculum resources for educators. Cathryn also leads multi-day professional development workshops and conferences for teachers, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to develop and expand their service-learning programming.
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.
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 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.
GlamourGals is a nonprofit that organizes and inspires teen volunteers to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women living in senior homes. GlamourGals is creating a movement of compassionate teen leaders working to end elder isolation. Chapters are student-led and based in high schools (grades 9-12).
Global Glimpse is a movement of hundreds of passionate, determined problem-solvers collaborating across borders to bring life-changing education abroad to high school juniors from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Participants gain first-hand exposure to different countries, cultures and people along with a powerful educational experience. Global Glimpse provides leadership development, service learning and international education in order to develop a new generation of young Americans who think and act as responsible global citizens.
The GO Project provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home, and in life. The GO Project calls upon passionate individuals to provide critical academic support to students in Saturday classes. GO Project Volunteer Tutors are placed in a 1st-8th grade classroom led by a professional Head Teacher and GO Project volunteers. Volunteer Tutors can sign up today to join the movement for educational equity.
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.
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.
Lead2Feed provides teachers with project-based lessons aligned to 21st Century Skills and Common Core State Standards with a focus on College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The lessons are leadership driven activities centered on the challenge of working to meet a community need through project management, decision-making, and team work. Schools’ project teams have an opportunity to be one of 50 winners by entering the Lead2Feed Leadership Challenge to win up to $15,000 in technology products for their school.
LLS’s Students Series is a series of service-learning, character education, and philanthropy programs to help support the LLS mission of finding a cure for blood cancers and improving the quality of patients and their families. Programs are personalized to each school level so students can grow and have a greater impact on the lives of patients.
The goal of MillionTreesNYC is to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City over the next decade. Through their Educator Toolkit, MillionTreesNYC provides educators with extensive resources to support student learning about caring for the environment and trees. 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.
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, a division of the Office of the Mayor, promotes volunteerism and engages New Yorkers in service. 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.
PCSN is a network of New York City-based parents who are who are working on community service projects in their children’s schools. Through regular meetings, panel discussions, and online postings, PCSN provides parents with the opportunities and resources to foster service and service-learning programs in partnership with their local schools.
WE Schools provides free educational resources and service campaigns to help students further their curricular learning and develop the 21st century life skills needed for success. Young people are challenged to research and take action on the social issues they are most passionate about.
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.