March 2019 Newsletter
Program Highlights
Apply to Attend the Youth Service Summit!
Opportunity for Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: Monday, April 8
Summit Date:  Friday, May 24
Eligibility requirements:  Must be an elementary educator, bringing students in grades 3-5
Participants can look forward to: 
  • A day of service, with projects led by high school student leaders that address issues including homelessness, hunger, health, the environment, and animal welfare.
  • A culminating reflection on the power of youth to make change in their communities on a school, neighborhood, or even worldwide scale.
Learn more information and apply today . For q uestions, email  Service in Schools .  
Working toward Action and Demonstration
This month, SIS program participants began gearing up for the action and demonstration phases of service-learning. In our third session of Race Against Waste, we went over the makings of an effective PSA campaign at the Paley Center for Media, as well as tips for sharing their awesome work at the Sustainability Showcase. At the fourth and final session of the Service-Learning Institute, participants shared out their service-learning experiences, and we planned for demonstrating and celebrating their students’ work in their communities.

Our participants have also been inviting us to their schools for site visits, and it has been wonderful to see their students in action! We have seen students plan a PSA campaign against smoking, fundraise for animal welfare, work to reduce food waste in their schools, and so much more. We are excited to see how our program participants and their students share out their work and inspire others to serve!
School Spotlight
P.S. 19, Queens
Project Overview : Students in the Communication and Performing Arts Academy at P.S. 19 in Queens carried out a service-learning project about conflict resolution that included PSAs created by the older students and posters created by the younger students. Students also volunteered to be conflict resolution leaders and support their peers during lunch.

Investigation : To launch the project, students investigated the root causes and symptoms of conflict. They were introduced to the school’s conflict resolution mascot, Timmy the Toolbox, and his motto: "If you lose your cool, choose a tool!" Timmy has seven tools in his toolbox to help de-escalate conflict: Using your voice, asking for help, taking a walk, saying what you feel, writing it down, and push and pull, which means squeezing your hands together and pulling them apart to relieve stress.
Preparation:  Each class in grades K-2 brainstormed how best to represent one of Timmy's tools on a poster for the cafeteria, and classes in grades 3-5 created video PSAs about Timmy’s tools for the morning announcements.

Action:  Students shared their posters and PSAs with the school community for seven weeks.
 
Reflection and Demonstration:  In addition to the posters and announcements, Ms. Kramberg, a first grade teacher and architect of this project, presented it to colleagues at the final session of the Service-Learning Institute. Ms. Kramberg has noticed a decrease in conflict in the cafeteria and in her classroom since her students started discussing and utilizing Timmy’s Tools. As next steps, two students from each class will be designated as Timmy’s Helpers at lunch.  They will be trained to help their peers resolve conflicts by referring to Timmy’s tools and wear special badges to identify them as Timmy’s helpers. 
Current and Upcoming Opportunities
Go Project Summer Internship
Opportunity for High School Students, Application Deadline April 29, 2019
The GO Project summer internship is an opportunity for high school students to learn and develop leadership skills while working with GO Project students in academic and/or enrichment classes. During the 5-week GO Summer program, interns will be working as teaching assistants in a K-5 classroom under the guidance of a Head Teacher or Enrichment Teacher. Interns will work in small groups or one-to-one within the classroom to help students complete projects, remain focused, and build confidence as learners. Interns will also be participating in rigorous daily professional development sessions where the Echoing Green book,  Work on Purpose , will be used to help them discover and enhance their passions and talents to become change-making leaders in their community.  Learn more and apply,   and reach out to  volunteering@goprojectnyc.org   with any questions. 
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
Ongoing opportunity for all ages
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park invites educators to bring students of all grade levels to the third largest park in New York City for unique education and service-learning experiences in a beautiful natural setting. Whether engaging in a one-time visit or recurring visits, students will have fun while learning the importance of preserving nature. The student programs include, Forester for a Day, Garden Exploration, Freshwater Ecology, and more . Learn more about the student programs . Contact Sara Kempton or call 718-601-1553 to register.
Room to Grow
Opportunity for All Ages
Room to Grow ’s vision is one day all parents will have the resources they need to unlock their families' potential and become champions for babies and their community. By providing structured coaching, material goods, and community connections, Room to Grow supports parents so children thrive from the start. Room to Grow relies on volunteers to sort through in-kind donations of baby items and has opportunities available for students ages 14-18. In addition to volunteering, Room to Grow offers students the opportunity to join the Youth Junior Ambassador program, bringing young adults together to brainstorm, plan, and participate in events throughout the year. Younger students are encouraged to get involved by participating in or organizing toy and multi-lingual book drives, making blankets, and holding fundraisers. To learn more, email  allison.luciano@roomtogrow.org .
Resource Highlights
Earth Day Network
Resources for Earth Day (April 22)
The Earth Day Network (EDN) Earth Day Network works year-round on projects, programs, and campaigns that support environmental conservation, environmental protection, climate activism and advocacy, and advancing the green economy. Their  education work  focuses on efforts to green schools from energy efficiency upgrades to improving school food and supporting educators with resources to teach and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.   Get involved in the Protect our Species Campaign t his year to learn how you can protect biodiversity. Check out EDN's resources for K-12 educators and students to get involved in protecting local biodiversity in your community!
Zinn Education Project
Free Lesson Plans
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in   Howard Zinn ’s best-selling book  A People’s History of the United States , the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level. The lesson plans touch on themes for service, including immigration and the environment. Learn more about the Zinn Education Project and access lesson plans.
Contact the Service in Schools Team
Invite the Service in Schools team to visit your service project. We want to see your students and school community in action. Email the Service in Schools team at ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov with two weeks’ notice, and we’ll schedule a visit to your school to learn about your project and see the impact you’re making on the community. 
Follow @ServicenSchools to receive program updates, upcoming service opportunities, resources, and more. We encourage students who use Twitter and are interested in service opportunities to follow us.
Mission: Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning experiences that enable them to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking to strengthen communities.