February 2021 Newsletter
Program Updates
Students Taking Action Today

The first run of the Students Taking Action Today (STAT) program has launched! The Service in Schools (SIS) team is working with educators from 40 schools across the five boroughs who will lead service-learning projects with students this spring. Participating educators have spoken with an SIS team member during a collaborative planning call and attended a professional learning session on using text sets to support service-learning. Next, they will learn about resources and experiential learning opportunities from STAT partner organizations to enhance students’ understanding of animal welfare, climate change, elder care, food access, and water pollution. We are excited to see the action and advocacy students develop to address these issues in their communities!
School Spotlight
The Service in Schools Team heard from I.S. 109 in Queens, where grade 6 students engaged in a project titled “Wonderfully Different But Unquestionably Equal (End Racism).” The project had four goals: to convey a message of respecting each other, to voice why racism is wrong, to research or speak to an organization to get more information about how to help, and to identify one solution that will help unify people of all races and cultures. Students worked with Erase Racism NY, an organization that promotes racial equity in areas such as housing, public school education, and community development. Students created essays, poems, raps, and a variety of media presentations detailing what they learned and to advocate for racial equity. Students shared their work with their peers and with staff from Erase Racism NY to spread their messages across the city.
Virtual Opportunities and Resources for Youth
NYC DOE Office of Sustainability Keynote Series 
Events: March 2, 9, 16 and 23

Join the NYC DOE Office of Sustainability every Tuesday in March for the Youth Climate Summit Keynote Series! This weekly event is open to K-12 students, teachers, school staff, partner organizations, and the public. Hear from amazing members of the youth climate movement each week during a 30-minute keynote. Speakers include Jade Lozada, John (JP) Mejia, and Lauren Ritchie. Gain climate knowledge, get inspired to take action, and build peer networks. A Green Career Panel with special guests will also be held on March 23. Register for these events today, and email questions to sustainability@schools.nyc.gov.
Urban Word NYC
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 5 by 5:00pm

Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development, and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep, and performance opportunities. Every season, Urban Word holds free dynamic creative writing workshops for teens ages 13-19 across the five boroughs. On April 3, 2021 Urban Word is hosting the annual NYC Teen Poetry Grand Slam with youth sharing their stories, ideas, vision, and hopes through their poetry and writing. Students ages 13-19 are encouraged to review submission requirements and submit a video recording of an original poem by March 5 to qualify for this event.
 Educational Resources for Students, Educators, and Families
Learning for Justice

Learning for Justice, formerly Teaching Tolerance, provides free K-12 classroom and professional development resources designed to help educators give students an education rooted in equity and social justice. Educators can use materials from Learning for Justice to supplement their curriculum, inform their practices, and create inclusive school communities where youth are respected and valued.
Contact the Service in Schools Team
Does your school have a great service project to share? If so, the Service in Schools team wants to know!

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 on Twitter and @ServiceinSchools on Instagram to receive program updates, upcoming service opportunities, resources, and more. We encourage students who use social media 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.