December 2020 Newsletter
Program Highlights
Service in Schools Resource Page
As 2020 comes to a close, the Service in Schools team is taking a moment to think about the new forms service has taken this year. We have expanded our focus to providing resources for service-learning in a remote setting and at-home service projects. Thank you to all of the students doing amazing work supporting our communities! If you are looking for professional learning resources or more ways to do at-home service, check out the Service in Schools resource page. Do you have a topic in mind you would like to see us cover? Let us know at
Teens Advocating for Change
This semester, Service in Schools introduced a new virtual program, Teens Advocating for Change (TAC)! Thirty high school students from across the city are learning about community issues and developing advocacy campaigns to address them. Students are participating in six 90-minute group sessions and conducting independent research with their peers. On December 3, TAC students had the opportunity to speak with experts from organizations that address sustainable fashion, housing policy, LGBTQ+ rights, and disability rights. Students interviewed representatives from FABSCRAP, POTS, The Ali Forney Center, and INCLUDEnyc and heard about ways they can support important causes. 
Students Taking Action Today (STAT): Opportunity for K-8 Teachers
Are you looking for ways that your students can help their community while learning from home or in a socially distanced classroom? Would you like to address topics such as food insecurity or water pollution through experiential learning with community-based partners and student-driven research? 
Then you may be interested in the Students Taking Action Today (STAT) program, a new professional learning series and student service-learning program kicking off in 2021. The program is open to K-8 teachers who would like to lead a service-learning experience with their class from February to May. If you would like to be notified about the program info session, complete the sign-up form and Service in Schools will be in touch with you soon.
School Spotlight
The Service in Schools team heard from Maspeth High School's after-school club, Maspeth Making a Difference. Student members pick up trash in the community, remove graffiti from local structures, and participate in park clean-ups. They have cleaned up Juniper Valley Park, Elmhurst Park, and Frontera Park, among other sites. Additionally, in the winter they will participate in toy drives for families in need and assist senior citizens with snow removal. 
The Service in Schools team also heard from MS/HS 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology in the Bronx, where students have launched the school’s first ever virtual tutoring program. 36 students in grades 8-12 and alumni have been trained to provide 68 middle school students with up to five hours of free, one-on-one tutoring services weekly. The students pictured, Danielys (grade 12 tutor) and Diosmari (grade 7 tutee) were among the participants in the program.
Thank you to the students participating in Maspeth Making a Difference and the MS/HS 223 tutoring program for your service to your community!
Virtual Opportunities and Resources for Youth
ARTE Justice

Application Deadline: December 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm

#YouthVoicesLead is a digital community from ARTE Justice that trains youth organizers ages 15-18 who want
to strengthen their artistic tools to take action for racial justice change. Youth will discover artivist (the intersection of art and activist) principles. They will also learn how to create artwork for self-expression and social change, as well as raise awareness of a racial justice issue in their communities. Students work with peers from across New York City to produce a culminating training. Participants will receive a stipend of at least $200 to honor the time and effort they will put into the program. Students ages 15-18 are encouraged to apply. Adults can learn more about the program, including how to serve as a mentor and how to nominate a young person to apply. Email with questions.
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants

Application Deadline: January 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm

YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for the best ideas from young people about how they can help meet immediate needs caused by the coronavirus pandemic and prevent childhood hunger in the future. Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants of up to $500 will support youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. in turning their ideas into action and making an impact on the issue of childhood hunger. New this year is an option for a fundraising match grant, which includes $100 for fundraising-related costs and a $400 matching grant to a local hunger relief organization of your choice. Learn more and apply by January 22, 2021.
 Educational Resources for Students, Educators, and Families

generationOn, the youth and family division of Points of Light, encourages children and teens to learn the value of service and volunteerism by giving them tools and resources to make their mark on their communities and the world. generationOn has created ways to help youth and their families stay engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing virtual volunteer opportunities and a Virtual Volunteering Toolkit to help youth design and implement virtual volunteering projects.
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 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.