A joint partnership of the NYC Department of Education and NYC Service, 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 affect positive change in their communities and the world.
Service in Schools aims to offer a range of resources for schools to empower students, as well as recognize and help schools sustain outstanding service and service-learning programs. Visit the Service in Schools web site to find upcoming grants, trainings, and resources to help schools develop community service and service-learning opportunities for students.
The Anti-Racist Alliance is a movement to undo structural racism. We are an organizing collective of human service practitioners and educators whose vision is to bring a clear and deliberate anti-racist structural power analysis to social service education and practice.
- Trainings (Some for a fee, some free of charge)
- Workshops (Some for a fee, some free of charge)
- Discussions (Free of charge)
- Anti-Racist organizing groups (Free of charge)
The BRECHT FORUM is a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first. Through its programs and events, the Brecht Forum brings people together across social and cultural boundaries and artistic and academic disciplines to promote critical analysis, creative thinking, collaborative projects and networking in an independent community-level environment.
Throughout the year, the Brecht Forum offers a wide-ranging program of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes. These activities are developed in collaboration with the many social movements and the diverse communities of this most cosmopolitan of cities, and our programs bring together leading intellectuals, activists and artists from New York, across the U.S., and internationally.
- Popular Education Workshops (For a fee)
- Public Lectures (For a fee)
- Seminars (For a fee)
- Art Exhibitions (For a fee)
- Performances (For a fee)
Global Concerns Classroom works in collaboration with educators and students to bring international humanitarian issues into the classroom. Global Concerns Classroom connects students to the international community and creates meaningful opportunities for research, reflection, and action. All program participation is free-of-charge.
- Classroom resources (Free of charge)
- Presentations and Guest Speakers in the New York City area (Free ofcharge)
- Personalized curriculum design support (Free of charge)
- Educator workshops (Free of charge)
- In-class interactive student workshops and after school activities (Free of charge)
Day One partners with New York City youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development. Serving the five boroughs of New York City, Day One uses an empowerment model that invests and involves young people in maintaining safe relationships for themselves and their peers.
- Community Education (Free of charge)
- Workshops for youth (Free of charge)
Global Action Project's mission is to work with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change. Global Action Project engages youth in several programs in order to meet this goal:
G.A.P., in collaboration with regional organizations, works in diverse areas of the world to produce videos. Our New York City youth producers assist as peer educators. These G.A.P. producers benefit from their interactions with international cultures, and from screenings and workshops, which highlight connections between global and local issues. Global Voices programs have taken place in Cuba, Croatia, Ghana, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Guatemala and the Middle East.
Urban Voices is a pre-professional video training program for High School-aged youth. A diverse team of youth, from throughout the 5 boroughs, produce documentaries, PSAs, and fictional narratives. They present their videos in screenings and workshops; and air them on their bi-weekly television show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Channel 35 every other Saturday at 3:30pm.
Through a collaboration with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and I.S.143 in Washington Heights, middle school students produce thought-provoking peer education videos and PSAs on complex issues of gender, sexual health and sex education.
Youth Empowerment and Human Rights:
In collaboration with the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), students learn documentary and fictional video production in an after-school media program that builds on a Human Rights and Youth Empowerment elective.
The Documentary Project for Refugee Youth:
This collaborative media program is uniquely designed for refugee youth who are resettling in New York from war-torn countries such as Sierra Leone, Burundi, and Albania. Youth produce documentaries, narratives, and PSAs about the experiences and issues young refugees face in their new communities. They share their media in workshops using activities of their own creation.
Global Kids' mission is to educate and inspire urban youth to become successful students, global citizens and community leaders by engaging them in academically rigorous, socially dynamic, content-rich learning experiences. Through leadership development, academic enrichment and digital media programs, Global Kids uses interactive, experiential methods to educate youth about critical international and public policy issues, and inspire them to take action. Global Kids' programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21st century workplace and participate in the democratic process.
Below is a list of organizations that may be helpful to you and your students as you plan and develop your service-learning projects. The PCFP is more than happy to help you reach out to these or other organizations in order to arrange for project support (field trips, workshops, meetings, etc). Think creatively as you review the capacities of these organizations; some may be willing and able to donate services or provide you with assistance that is not explicitly included in their "Services Available" section. Also, don't forget that the PCFP offers grants to help support projects. For more information, please see our Service-Learning Grants page.
- Professional Development (For a fee)
- Workshops for youth (For a fee)
- Workshops for individuals/educators (For a fee)
- Workshops for groups (For a fee)
KIDS (Kids Involved Doing Service-Learning) Consortium prepares young people to be active and responsible citizens by training and supporting educators, community organizations, and youth in best practices for service-learning. Through service-learning, K-12 students identify, research and address real community challenges, using knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.
- Professional Development Workshops (For a fee)
- Customized professional development workshops (For a fee)
- Database of Service-Learning project ideas by issue area and content area -- see website (Free of charge)
Make the Road New York promotes economic justice, equity and opportunity for all New Yorkers through community and electoral organizing, strategic policy advocacy, leadership development, youth and adult education, and high quality legal and support services.
- Community Organizing
- Leadership Development
- Adult Education
- Youth Development
- Legal Support Services
- Policy Advocacy
The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.
From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.
Every June, Media That Matters presents a new collection of twelve shorts. The films stream online in their entirety, are broadcasted nationally, and are distributed on DVD to educators and activists. Media
- Assistance to individuals or groups (educators, youth, etc.) organizing film screening events (Support is free of charge, however, there is a small fee) for rights to screen the film depending on the venue).
- Access to all films online (Free of charge)
Creating a more just and peaceful world requires that today's youth develop the knowledge, perspectives and life-skills of responsible global citizens.
The Action Center provides school groups, educators, and youth with an interactive learning experience that deepens understanding of the challenges faced by people living in poverty and action opportunities to enable change.
The Education Team has developed a series of workshops, activities and lesson plans for the pre and post visit that can be used in all types of educational settings, including formal and non-formal organizations.
- Onsite workshops (Free of charge)
- Teacher Training (Free of charge)
- Interactive Web tools (Free of charge)
- Access to lesson plans and activities (Free of charge)
- Opportunities for students to educate and mobilize their schools and communities to fight global poverty (Free of charge)
- Film Screenings (Suggested donation)
- Photo Exhibits (Suggested donation)
Roots and Shoots seeks to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. The Roots and Shoots model offers a simple, yet holistic approach to maximize youth engagement. Kids are encouraged to develop projects that are driven by their interests and abilities.
- Networking and Sharing Fora (Free of charge)
- Project Planning Model (Free of charge)
- Ideas and Inspiration activities (Free of charge)
The mission of Student Press Initiative (SPI) at Teachers College, Columbia University is to revolutionize education by advancing teacher leadership in reading and writing instruction. SPI is part professional development, part artist-collaboration, and part not-for-profit publisher. SPI promotes a style of classroom publication that is deeply embedded in curriculum. SPI works in partnership with teachers and school communities to share ideas for how to better plan and produce all-inclusive learning experiences that culminate with students 'going public' with their learning.
SPI believes curriculum-based publications that grow from highly specified genre studies in the classroom not only democratize students' opportunities to publish, but also provide opportunities to link content-area reading and writing skill development with the excitement of real-world learning. Through publication, SPI raises the bar for what, how, and why students write. SPI pedagogy is rooted firmly in research, and inspired by the work of author-educators such as James Moffet, Peter Elbow, Ken Macrorie, Eliot Wigginton, and Ruth Vinz-'"a lineage of teachers who believe in the power of publication and the importance of student writing driven by an awareness of audience and purpose.
- Teaching-for-publication workshops and institutes at Teachers College, Columbia University (For a fee)
- Curricula (Some for a fee, some free of charge)
- Onsite partnerships with New York City public school teachers
- Publishing and book production tools (Some for a fee, some free of charge)
- A website that supports a growing community of teachers sharing ideas and curriculum (free of charge)
Tanenbaum's mission is to create tools that help people of all beliefs to live, learn and work peacefully together in a spirit of true respect. Tanenbaum confronts religious ignorance and violence head-on with results-oriented programs that reduce hatred and produce real change in the way people think and act. Tanenbaum's education programs help create inclusive, inquisitive classrooms and students who are not afraid of difference.
- Teacher Training (For a fee)
- Curricula (For a fee)
- Online lesson plans, reading lists and reading recommendations (free of charge)
Teatro El Puente is the first and longest running (since 1987) adolescent AIDS drama group in New York State. The company's pieces are developed by the collective cast. In addition to HIV/AIDS issues, their work focuses on developing skills in response to such ongoing life issues as relationships, conflict and violence, sexual health and other issues related to physical, mental, and social well-being of individuals as well as communities. The strength of Teatro El Puente is its emphasis on young people empowering young people. This principle allows young people to feel freer to ask certain questions and to discuss certain issues of concern that they may feel uncomfortable to address with people significantly older than them. All workshops are participatory and include an original performance created by Teatro El Puente to fit the individual theme of the workshop. Teatro El Puente is available to perform and conduct workshops at conferences, high schools, health fairs, community centers and shelters anywhere in the Metropolitan area. Please see website for details.
- In-class Workshops: HIV/AIDS, STDs/STIs, Domestic Abuse (free of charge)
Founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves, Urban Word NYC-, (UW) has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, journalism, college prep, literature and hip-hop. UW provides FREE, safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round, and hosts the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam, NY Knicks Poetry Slam, local and national youth slams, festivals, reading series, open mics, and more. UW works directly with 15,000 teens per year in New York City alone, and as a steering committee member of the National Youth Spoken Word Coalition, has partner programs in 45 cities. UW also has a vigorous community educator and teacher training series which links inquiry-based classroom practices with the most progressive academic trends in student-centered pedagogy.
- After-school "wordshops" for youth (Free of charge)
- Summer Institute on Social Justice and Applied Poetics for youth (Free of charge)
- Presentations and event production (For a fee)
- Professional development (For a fee)
- Consulting (For a fee)
The Youth Channel is a division of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) targeting youth 12- 25. It is an alternative to mass media, providing equal access to all young people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or social status.
The Youth Channel is the first Channel created by youth for youth. Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel was established in March 2000 to provide disadvantaged, low-income and minority youth access to a quality media forum through which to express creativity, foster dialogue, and encourage social and political participation.
The Youth Channel strives to build confidence, establish role models, inform, educate, and entertain. It empowers youth to create change within their communities and the world. The Youth Channel is run by adults and youth who want to make a difference.
- One-Day Workshops (free of charge)
- Studio Visits (free of charge)
- Peer Training (free of charge)
- Facilitated Productions (free of charge)
- Downloadable Curricula (free of charge)