March 2018 Newsletter
Program Highlights
Apply to Attend the Youth Service Summit!
Opportunity for Grades 3-5
Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018
Summit Date: Friday, May, 25, 2018
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.

Click here for more information and click here for the application. If you have any questions, please email Service in Schools .  
Site Visits
As spring approaches, Service in Schools (SIS) program participants are moving into the action phase of their service-learning projects. It has been very exciting for the SIS team to witness the culmination of months of work. These service projects were all created with student voice and choice and show that youth have the power to change communities for the better.
For example, students from Brooklyn Transition Center volunteered at the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition’s Cat Café, where they learned about animal behavior and all that goes into rescuing cats and adopting them. The hands on experience took their studies on animal welfare from theory to practice and allowed them to offer some much appreciated housekeeping help to the Cat Café.
In addition, students working as part of the Race Against Waste program at The High School of Fashion Industries raised money for scrap fabric recycling bins, muslin, and pattern paper and are in the process of creating lesson plans that utilize the scraps. These projects only scratch the surface of the progress our teachers have made in engaging their students in community service and action research.
Are you interested in incorporating service-learning into your classroom or after school club next school year? Follow us on twitter to hear the latest from Service in Schools!  
School Spotlight
Townsend Harris High School
Project Summary: Ms. Stillman’s 9 th grade Writing Process students created children’s books with service themes and created a literacy partnership with the 1 st grade students from P.S. 146 in Howard Beach.
 
Investigation: To learn more about the importance of word choice, students researched the etymology of different words, engaged in debate about gendered language, and examined the developmental stages of language acquisition. Then, students used their favorite childhood books to develop criteria for creating superb children’s books.

Planning: Ms. Stillman developed a survey to determine compatible groupings of high school students and paired writers and artists with similar creative tastes. Each pair decided on their book’s service theme, target age group, highlighted skills, and important vocabulary.

Action: The 9 th graders authored, illustrated, and hand bound their books. Then, they sent the books to their Writing Buddies, 1 st graders in Ms. Schad, Ms. Vozza, and Ms. Mazzochi’s classes at P.S.146. The first graders then created their own versions of the 9 th graders’ stories. Ms. Stillman’s Writing Process classes visited P.S. 146, where they met their Writing Buddies in person! The Writing Buddies spent the day learning about words, eating snacks, drawing together, and sharing their completed books with one another.

Reflection: The elementary school students are very excited to write letters to their high school Buddies, and the 9 th graders are eager to host a “Lunch and Literacy” get-together with their Buddies in May. One 9 th grade student said that she “didn’t realize how smart a 1 st grader would be” and that she “hopes to help [her] buddy learn how to write their own book one day.”
Current and Upcoming Opportunities
Power Play Leadership Academy Application Deadline Monday, April 30
Opportunity for High School Girls
PowerPlay NYC advances the lives of girls through sports, by developing skills to grow physically, emotionally and academically stronger. The PowerPlay NYC SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA) is a free, year-long leadership development program for girls entering grades 9-12 in Title 1 public high schools. The Academy kicks off with a four-week intensive summer session in July in which girls participate in a variety of sports, develop workplace and life skills, and learn about the college application process. During the school year, the program gives girls access to a wide range of activities to build their life and leadership skills. An important part of the Leadership Academy is the service component. For one semester, SSLA participants serve as youth mentor coaches in the PowerPlay NYC STARS Series after-school program. SSLA participants assist lead coaches by co-facilitating sports-based activities and serving as mentors to girls in elementary and middle school. Click here for more information, and click here to apply.
Go Project Summer Internship Application Deadline Monday, May 14
Opportunity for High School Students
The GO Project Summer Internship is an opportunity for high school students to develop leadership skills while working with GO Project students in academic and/or enrichment classes. During the five-week GO Summer program, interns will work as teaching assistants in one of the GO Project’s K-8 classrooms under the guidance of a head teacher or enrichment teacher. Interns will work with small groups or one-on-one in the classroom to help students complete projects, remain focused, and build confidence as learners. Interns will also participate in rigorous daily professional development sessions where Echoing Green’s 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. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 14, 2018. Early applications are encouraged, as space is limited. Click here for more information and click here to apply. Contact Charlotte Karol , Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator, with questions about the internship. 
AIDS Walk New York
Event on Sunday, May 20
In its over 30 years, AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly 890,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $150 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised at the event sustain the prevention, care, and advocacy programs GMHC provides for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in the tri-state area. The proceeds also benefit dozens of other HIV/AIDS service organizations that are able to participate as teams and raise funds through the Community Partnership Program. Nearly 2,000 volunteers are needed on Sunday, May 20 to ensure a safe and fun day for all at AIDS Walk New York. Volunteers can help greet participants, tally donations, cheer on walkers, and more. There are opportunities for all ages and groups. Fundraising is not a requirement, but everyone who participates in AIDS Walk New York is encouraged to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Click here for more information and to register to volunteer.
Community Food Advocates Youth Justice League Rolling Application
Opportunity for Middle and High School Students
Youth Justice League at Community Food Advocates is a youth-led group of students ages 13 to 19 leading a campaign on food and income policy issues. The Youth Justice League allows young people to play a key role in fighting for equity, justice, and positive social change. Through the Youth Justice League, students have the opportunity to engage in advocacy, participate in meetings with policy makers, partner with other youth, and develop and hone key leadership skills. Members will meet on a weekly basis through June 2018. For more information or to apply, contact Sophie Plaisir .
Resource Highlights
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. Click here to learn more about the Zinn Education Project, and click here to access these lesson plans.
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Free Lesson Plans
The Gowanus Canal has captivated people for more than 400 years, from its salt marsh era to a polluted industrial waterway that today is undergoing revitalization. Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s STEM Gowanus Curriculum is available for any educator that wishes to engage students with the Canal’s complex and fascinating urban ecology. The curriculum is designed for students in grades 5-8, and includes units on history and geography, watershed, sewer shed, climate change, water quality, flora and fauna, and site design with a place-based focus on the Gowanus Canal and Watershed. To access the curriculum, educators must first take a survey. For more information and to complete the survey, click here
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.