Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with classroom curriculum, allowing students to connect academic studies with real-life solutions in order to strengthen communities. Within the classroom, students identify community needs, apply their skills and studies to research solutions and plan service activities, implement the activities, and evaluate and reflect on the experiences and impact.

Upcoming Service-Learning Opportunities

These opportunities are for educators and school leaders who want to develop service-learning in classroom curriculum. These approaching deadlines and events are updated regularly and are listed in chronological order.

    Lesson Plans and Resources

    Getting started in service-learning? These lesson plans and resources will help inspire and develop service-learning in your school community and classroom.

    Generator School Network 
    This website is meant to link educators who are passionate about service-learning. The site gives educators the ability to assess, share, and refine their practice while learning from each other, whether online or in person. Membership is free and open to any educator interested in utilizing service-learning resources in their work with students. Educators can find free K-12 service-learning lesson plans by area of service (for example, homelessness or violence prevention)—as well as service- learning toolkits, which provide strategies, curriculum guides, and classroom handouts to enhance schools’ service-learning programs
    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Service-Learning Program
    This curriculum-based, service-learning program provides free K-12 service-learning lesson plans about creating a positive impact for the animal community, human community, and environment. Educators can search by elementary, middle, and high school levels

    KIDS Consortium's STEM Service-Learning Guide 
    Educators can find service-learning projects connected to STEM content and environmental issues. They may sign up to receive regular updates on service-learning resources, including a free guide for integrating service-learning and research-based STEM curriculum planning and instructional strategies.

    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.

    GenerationOn’s Free Service-Learning Program for Schools and Learning to Give Curriculum 
    GenerationOn invites NYC schools to join their free service-learning program, which allows participating schools to receive service-learning professional development and 1,600+ service-learning and philanthropy education lesson plans for grades K-12, aligned to New York and Common Core Learning Standards. Learning to Give provides educators with K-12 service-learning lesson plans and units, searching by Common Core Learning Standards, New York State standards, classroom subject, and keywords. There are also “Moments of Service,” a monthly list of holidays and seasons that inspire community service for students.

    NYC Department of Education’s Green Curriculum
    Our Office of Sustainability offers a collection of free service-learning curricula regarding environmental issues. These resources can be incorporated into existing scope and sequence for all grades in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and literacy.

    Revolution Hunger
    Use this service-learning website to teach students about global hunger and ways to reduce it.  Find  research material for students and strategies to fight hunger in local communities.

    Semester of Service Strategy Guide 
    Youth Service America provides this free guide to develop 70 hours of service-learning for an upcoming semester at your school.