Service in Schools

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About Us

The NYC Department of Education's Service in Schools initiative began in August 2010 in partnership with NYC Service, Office of the Mayor. Read below to learn about service-learning and community service and resources for youth service. Visit the InfoHub for additional information on Service in Schools programs, resources, and partners. 

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Service in Schools works to expand the number of students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning. We believe these experiences enable students to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking abilities to make a positive impact in their communities and the world. 

Service-Learning and Community Service

Service-learning combines meaningful community service with classroom curriculum, allowing students to connect academic studies with real-life solutions in order to strengthen communities. Community service can be a one-time activity or a series of activities and is a key component of service-learning.

Service in Schools Programs and Resources

Service in Schools provides schools with resources and opportunities to create and enhance youth service. Learn more about professional learning series and student programs on the Service in Schools page on the InfoHub. View additional resources below.

  • Newsletter: Sign up for the Service in Schools newsletter and get opportunities and resources for youth service in NYC delivered to your inbox each month. View past editions on the InfoHub.
  • Resource page: Find at-home service guides, e-books for service topics, and student presentations of service accomplishments on the Service in Schools resource page.
  • Social media: Follow Service in Schools on Twitter and Instagram to keep posted on program applications, partner opportunities, and youth service resources.

Youth Service Partners

Visit our Youth Service Partners page on the InfoHub for more information on service-learning, community service opportunities, and resources from NYC-based organizations.

High school student leaders presenting at Youth Service Summit