November 2020 Newsletter
Program Highlights
New At-Home Service-Learning Project Guide!
Check out the Service in Schools online resource page, featuring remote resources for carrying out service-learning at home. Access Service in Schools’ new project guide on supporting the elderly in your community. Learn about the needs of elderly family members and neighbors and which organizations work with them. Also check out additional project guides to help reduce food waste and end homelessness in your community.
Enjoying our project guides? Reply to this email and let us know what topic you’d like to see us cover next.
Our 2020-21 Programs Have Kicked Off!
In the past few weeks, Service in Schools kicked off the 2020-21 Kids Action Team and Race Against Waste programs, bringing together educators from across the city for virtual professional learning sessions focused on implementing service-learning in remote and blended classrooms. During our first sessions, participants reviewed the foundations of service-learning as well as engaging techniques and activities for connecting service to remote and blended instruction. We are very excited to see the service-learning projects our participants and their students will undertake utilizing technology, while following public health protocols!
Community Spotlight
We asked our community to send in stories of youth service, and you answered! George (Brooklyn Technical High School) and Tristan (Urban Assembly New York Harbor School) joined the COVID Care Neighbor Network this past spring. They assisted elderly neighbors with grocery shopping and laundry during the spring. They also supported the city’s Open Streets initiative by volunteering to set up and remove barricades daily. George and Tristan both have helped high-risk members of their community maintain ownership over their lives while isolating due to the pandemic. 
We also heard about Robert (Tottenville High School) and Isabella (I.S. 7 Elias Bernstein) who helped organize, create, and distribute supplies to nurses at the borough’s hospitals. In addition they compiled photos from nurses who worked during the peak of the pandemic in the city and created a video montage to honor the nurses. Robert and Isabella showed they care for the essential workers who have been caring for the city throughout this pandemic. 
Thank you to these students for their service! If you know a class, club, or individuals in grades K-12 who have done amazing acts of service, let us know at [email protected]! We may feature them in upcoming editions of this newsletter and on Twitter or Instagram.
Virtual Opportunities and Resources for Youth

The New York Public Library Teen Reading Ambassadors

Application Deadline: December 11, 2020

The New York Public Library is excited to introduce Teen Reading Ambassadors, a new program for New York-based teens, presented online from January through June 2021. In this program, students in grades 10-12 will use their unique voice to share the power of reading, writing, and literacy. The culminating project will be the production of a magazine written and designed by teens for children ages 6-12. The final magazine will likely include short stories, poetry, comics, book recommendations, games, and more with the goal of encouraging children’s love of reading and books. Learn more about the program, including program benefits, and access the application. Applications are currently open and will close on December 11.

Community Food Advocates

Community Food Advocates partners with public schools and youth-based organizations throughout New York City, to support and develop youth leaders to advocate for equitable food justice policies, with a focus on school food. Through ongoing campaigns, including Lunch 4 Learning that pushed for and helped to secure universal free school lunch in 2017, their Youth Food Advocate members elevate and create space for youth voices as they learn and develop their own leadership and advocacy skills. For more information on Community Food Advocates’ programs and to sign up for the Youth Food Advocate Newsletter, email [email protected]. 

Citymeals on Wheels

Citymeals on Wheels provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to homebound elderly New Yorkers. They deliver weekend, holiday, and emergency meals to homebound seniors, who can no longer shop or cook for themselves. Citymeals works with students and community groups across the city, who craft handmade cards that are delivered along with meals to brighten the days of isolated older New Yorkers. Review these guidelines and suggestions for creating cards, and get started today to show that you care about your elderly neighbors this holiday season.

Service Learning Project

The Service Learning Project's (SLP) mission is to help schools and community organizations create opportunities for youth in grades K-12 to become active citizens in their schools and neighborhoods. Through school-day and after-school programs (now offered remotely), young people learn how to make change, both locally and nationally, and to make their voices heard on the social issues they care most about. Applications for SLP's Spring 2021 session are open now. Interested partner schools can complete this form or send an email to [email protected]. Students can participate in the #SLP Service Challenge, created in response to the pandemic by SLP's Youth Board to help young people get involved and serve others during this difficult time.
 Educational Resources for Students, Educators, and Families
Doing Good Together

Doing Good Together provides tools to both families and organizations to help them raise compassionate, engaged children. Their innovative activities, resources, and support help make empathy and "giving back" a natural part of life's early lessons. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Doing Good Together has curated a list of big-hearted, family-friendly service ideas and kindness activities as the needs and opportunities for service evolve. Sign up for a monthly email of Doing Good Together’s family-friendly volunteer opportunities in NYC.
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 [email protected] 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.