Living in New York City, there are so many ways to get involved, find a passion, & give back to your community.
Volunteer Crowd Utilize this website to provide community service for your favorite cause, an AP or IB class, and leadership opportunities. For more information: https://www.volunteercrowd.com
Youth Leadership Council Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) provide an opportunity for young people to make real change in their communities. No matter what you’re passionate about, you can find a YLC hosted by a city agency, school, or community organization that will help you turn your ideas into action.
Girls Initiatives YWCA of the City Designed to inform, engage and inspire girls in New York City to become self- advocates, our goal is to ensure that every girl gains the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue the education, career and life options of their choice. Girls Initiatives programs are FREE and open to ALL high-school aged (14-18) girls, self-identified girls, and gender non-conforming youth in New York City. There is no academic requirement to enroll. More information:ywcanyc.org/programs/girls-initiatives/
Learn to Be Learn To Be is a volunteer organization helping kids from underserved communities unlock their potential by connecting them with exceptional tutors online, for free. 72% of our tutors are high school students who log hours for a number of reasons including: class credits, community service, and resume building. Student tutors have the opportunity to positively impact someone’s life while achieving their own goals, and we have seen countless times that these relationships persist and give back to the tutors. All of the tutoring is done virtually using zoom or other open-source video conferencing tools.
Sparks Within Reach Sparks Within Reach is a local youth-based non-profit organization working with NYC students facing housing insecurity. SWR currently has over 100 people from various colleges and high schools working to address housing insecurity and education inequality in NYC through providing much-needed academic and emotional support to at-risk students.
Arts American Museum of Natural History
Volunteers work individually or in groups, performing a variety of duties throughout the Museum. The Museum is open to the public seven days a week, and volunteers are utilized at all times. All the "behind the scenes" volunteer positions, including the science departments, are only available Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Our volunteers are from diverse backgrounds and reflect the population of the city.
There are two volunteer categories: Volunteers who work with the Public and Volunteers who work behind-the-scenes as Research and Departmental Volunteers. Learn more about them by reading further.
Arts Connection Teens Program Teens Curate Teens Make a statement with your art. Tell a story. Make art that not only demands attention but sends a message that resonates with people. As a Teens Curate Teens Curator, you will: (application is now closed, check back next year!) • Visit galleries with an instructor and learn the ins and outs of curating an exhibition • Collaborate and discuss this year’s theme with your team of curators • Curate an exhibition of your peers’ artwork for a month-long group show at Brooklyn’s art hub, The Dedalus Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn Learn more: https://teens.artsconnection.org/tct/
Teen Reviewers and Critics The Teen Reviewers and Critics Program (TRaC) is a free 10-week after school program for high school students from all over New York and New Jersey to explore the arts in NYC while expanding critical thinking and writing skills. Participating teens are placed in one of six groups—film, dance, theater, visual art, music, or multi-arts—to dig deep into a specific artistic genre by attending cutting-edge performances, meeting artists, visiting museums, learning to navigate the city, and much more. Learn more: teens.artsconnection.org/trac/#:~:text=Teen%20Reviewers%20and%20Critics%20has,in%20the%20Fall%20or%20Spring.
Teen Gems: High School Jewelry Immersion Program A one-of-a-kind 12-week jewelry-making course offered free of cost to New York City public high school students. The class covers basic jewelry techniques such as fabrication, soldering, basic wax carving, casting, and basic stone settings. The goal of the High School Jewelry Immersion Program is to offer students with an interest in art and design, but little means to explore these passions further, access to jewelry studio equipment, training, and mentorship. Click here to apply for the program.
Studio Institute: Teen Apprenticeship Program The Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP) is an innovative way for teens to explore careers in the arts and education while learning how to lead younger children in art-making classes—furthering their own creativity and art-making skills.
Queens Council of the Arts Are you a high school student looking for a way to build a killer portfolio that will get you into a great art college–with a scholarship? The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is a free visual arts portfolio development program that provides qualified high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with the art skills training, mentorship, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges. Learn more: https://www.queenscouncilarts.org
Whitney Museum of American Art Frompresentingemergingartiststo reevaluatingtheiconicnarrativesinAmericanart,everythingyouexperience attheWhitneyismade possiblethroughthegenerosityofindividuals, corporations and foundations. TheMuseumhasopportunitiesforvolunteerswho willdistributeaudioguidestovisitors.Shifts last two to three hoursandtakeplacewhentheMuseumisopen, includingweekends.Werequire a commitment of one day per week Learn more: https://whitney.org/About/Volunteer Performing Arts
Julliard Julliard’s Music Advancement Program is a Saturday instrument instruction program for highly talented children from backgrounds underrepresented in American performing arts. For the past 25 years, MAP has served as an essential bridge to higher levels of artistic and personal development for hundreds of young students. For more information, click here.
The Wooster Group Summer Institute http://thewoostergroup.org/summer-institute The Summer Institute is a free, three-week performance workshop for teenagers in the public school system, founded by Wooster Group member Kate Valk and Ariana Smart Truman. The workshop is organized around a selected text and sessions with guest artists in many aspects of performance (ranging from movement to writing to voice training to video techniques). Students are accepted as young as twelve, and are invited back every summer until they graduate from high school, at which time they may return as interns, and ultimately instructors or guest artists. The program culminates in three public performances for supporters, friends, and family.
Cat Youth Theatre (Free Theatre Program- MUST APPLY!) http://www.creativeartsteam.org Creative Arts Team (CAT) Youth Theatre is a free, award-winning after school program that helps young people to thrive– on stage and in life. Members create socially relevant, artistically sophisticated original plays while learning vital life skills enabling youth to become self-confident, compassionate and accountable; to develop relationships across differences; build community; and be prepared to act as contributing citizens.
Teen Reviewers and Critics https://teens.artsconnection.org/trac/ The Teen Reviewers and Critics Program (TRaC) is a free 10-week after school program for high school students from all over New York and New Jersey to explore the arts in NYC while expanding critical thinking and writing skills. Participating teens are placed in one of six groups—film, dance, theater, visual art, music, or multi-arts—to dig deep into a specific artistic genre by attending cutting-edge performances, meeting artists, visiting museums, learning to navigate the city, and much more.
Urban Word NYC Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development & leadership through free & uncensored writing, college preparation & performance opportunities. Go to: www.urbanwordnyc.org
Law Enforcement Exploring Law Enforcement Exploring is a community service, career-oriented program designed to educate young men and women, ages 14-20, about Law Enforcement. Exploring reaches out to New York City's young adults in every community to help build up relations between the community and New York City Police Department. Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self-discipline, and respect for authority while they actively participate in community service projects and other Exploring events. For more information and to apply please click here
Teens Take the City: https://ymcanyc.org/programs/kids-family/teen-programs/teens-take-city Teens Take the City aims to educate participants about who runs their neighborhoods and how to become active participants in school and community life. Primary program activities will include community mapping projects, educational workshops, and the preparation of a presentation showcasing students’ research and findings. Through these activities, oral and written communication skills will be improved, leadership abilities strengthened, and solid resumes for college developed.
Volunteer at ABC https://www.a-b-c.org/ For youth living in poverty and severe emotional distress, ABC has created licensed therapeutic youth programs that provide, through carefully crafted curricula, the structure, encouragement, and consistency that at-risk children, kindergarten through high school age, need to build academic skills, develop strength of character and positive self-esteem, and forge life-long friendships in stimulating spaces such as the Tiger Room, Chantelle’s Rec Room, Rosie & Harry’s Bistro, Bunny’s Garden, and the Healey Technology Center.
Sadie Nash Leadership Institute https://www.sadienash.org/ Leadership Institute is a year-long, after-school program for high school-aged young women. Classes meet from October to May, centering community building and intensive leadership development through intellectual and personal growth. Our classes provide a safe, enriching, and creative experience where participants can challenge their own learning as well as explore and honor their own boundaries and self-care. We also support young women in their college processes and provide greatly needed networking opportunities. Participants receive a stipend at the end of the year based on their attendance.
Embrace Her Legacy Our Embrace Her Legacy Academy is a personal development and leadership development program offered to young women (ages 14 – 19) in the New York City/tri-state area. Our program focuses on equipping young women with the tools needed to achieve unprecedented success in self-confidence, career, education and leadership. Our goal is to ignite a powerful and emotionally healthy relationship with self while using that as the foundation to realize personal and professional goals. http://embraceherlegacy.com
Volunteer Opportunity at Brooklyn Public Library Afterschool Homework Help is a volunteer-based community program that BPL offers though out its numerous branches. The program takes place Monday-Friday afternoon and on Saturday mornings. ASHH volunteers: assist students (grades 1-8) with their homework, help reinforce the concepts they’ve learned in school, and help them build the skills they need to succeed. Volunteers make a 6-month commitment—to their local community, and volunteer in 2-3-hour shifts, 1-2 day(s) per week. This commitment gives New Yorkers an opportunity to offer their: knowledge, care, and time, to their community, while building meaningful relationships and making an impact that will benefit all for years to come. **Upon competition of service, volunteers may receive a letter of recommendation from their site supervisor and/or a letter verifying the tenure of their service at BPL. ** Apply: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/support/volunteer
Asian American Student Advocacy Project (ASAP) https://www.cacf.org/leadership-development/asian-american-student-advocacy-project ASAP Youth Leaders engage in policy advocacy through an education reform campaign and participate in activities that improve their literacy skills, civic participation, and college eligibility. ASAP Youth Leaders work to improve their school and communities by raising awareness and providing recommendations on educational issues that affect Asian Pacific American students in New York City. ASAP encourages youth to create a collective voice, advocate for themselves and lead in their communities.
Ace Mentor NY http://www.acementor.org/index.php/affiliates/new-york/greater-new-york-city/about-us ACE GNY is a free after-school mentorship program for high school students to learn about careers in architecture, engineering, and construction management. Students join teams led by professional architects, engineers, and construction managers to gain firsthand experience in the design and construction industry. During sessions, students learn how to use design software, go on office tours and field trips, and participate in fun hands-on activities to learn more about the different career options.
All Star Code (Boys Only) www.allstarcode.org/ All Star Code empowers young men with the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to create new futures through technology. We work towards building a world where every young man has the confidence to dare greatly, the safety to celebrate failure, and the freedom to tell his story. We teach coding and computer science in a tech startup context to high school males of color.
Creative Math Program at NYUwww.nymathcircle.org/summer The Summer High School Math Circle is an academically intensive weekday program for students entering grades 9–12 in the fall that runs for three weeks, five hours a day. A typical day consists of a class in the morning, followed by lunch, and a problem solving session in the afternoon. Instructors and teaching assistants are very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is open and collaborative. Students are expected to work hard in the program, but also to have fun. Fridays are set aside for unusual activities, mathematical games, team-building, and more.
Phillips Math Academy www.andover.edu/summersessionoutreach/mathscience/pages/default.aspx The (MS)2 program was founded in 1977 to address the compelling need to cultivate the mathematical and scientific abilities of economically disadvantaged African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American high school students from targeted cities and communities across the United States. In a residential setting on the historic Phillips Academy campus, the three-summer program challenges students intellectually and exposes them to peers and educators with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and aspirations. This competitive and rigorous program is free of charge for all students selected. Click here for Admission Eligibility and Application Deadlines.
Columbia University's Science Honors http://www.columbia.edu/cu/shp/apply.html This program offers enrichment courses in science and mathematics on Saturday mornings throughout the school year to 700 students who have been selected from approximately 750 high schools in the metropolitan New York area. Next year's SHP will have openings for 400 new students. Applicants must now be in the 11th, 10th, or 9th grade and should have a strong interest and exceptional ability in science and mathematics.
(SHAPE) Columbia Engineering’s Summer High School Academic Program for Engineers SHAPE is a pre-college program for current high school students to experience Columbia Engineering courses. SHAPE provides opportunities for high-achieving students to explore fields ranging from biomedical engineering to environmental sustainability. Students also participate in workshops to hone their communication and leadership skills, with opportunities to connect with current undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia to learn about the college experience. All courses are taught by Columbia Engineering faculty.
JCC Manhattan: www.jccmanhattan.org/family-life/tweens/community-service/ Operation Chicken Soup: Tweens meet once a month during the school year to prepare meals for those in need. Join us to make delicious recipes as well as explore issues like hunger and homelessness through the lens of Jewish values. Special Needs Mentors and Buddies: Various ongoing mentoring opportunities during the school year are available to help children with special needs. Please be in touch with staff from the Center for Special Needs for more information.
Youth Service Opportunities Project: http://www.ysop.org/ The Youth Service Opportunities Project offers middle school and high school students meaningful volunteer work, combined with a orientation and reflection. Members of this project provide vital services to those in need while reflecting on their experiences and broadening their perspective. Students help the hungry and homeless people of New York City through their work in shelters, soup kitchens, schools, food and clothing banks and other direct-service institutions
DOROT;www.dorotusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=vol_youth_D#.WLb_kBMrInU Interning and volunteering with the elderly. Youth volunteers are a crucial part of our programs. They help to bridge the generation gap and alleviate social isolation for our seniors. You can help improve the lives of seniors through friendly visits, birthday deliveries, computer tutoring, and much more. We take great care in matching volunteers with appropriate projects and with older friends to visit. All of our youth volunteer programs take place in Manhattan.
ASPCA of the Upper East Sidehttp://www.aspca.org/take-action/volunteer/volunteer-aspca-adoption-center All volunteer opportunities are in New York City. Individuals unable to volunteer in New York City should contact their local animal welfare organization. To find a shelter near you, please visit petfinder.com and click on the Shelters & Rescues tab. Applications are accepted online only and on a quarterly basis (see Steps to Becoming a Volunteer below) Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of eight hours per month for a minimum of six months. Due to the extensive training requirements, we are not able to accept short-term volunteers or group projects.
VISIONS' Intergenerational Programhttps://www.visionsvcb.org/visions/support/volunteer/teenvolunteers/ VISIONS’ Intergenerational Program recruits and trains students, 15 years of age and over, to assist seniors who are visually impaired or blind. Working in pairs, the youth travel to the homes of seniors to visit, read, shop, run errands and/or escort them within the neighborhood. These friendly visits help to decrease the loneliness and isolation often experienced by homebound elders. Students may also be asked to assist with meal service where they escort, socialize and serve meals to the seniors at our community center, VISIONS’ at Selis Manor, located at 135 W. 23rd St in NYC. Students will also be participating in a variety of intergenerational activities, classes and training seminars. Leadership
Service in Schools (SIS) Leadership Institute New York City public high school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for the Service in Schools (SIS) Leadership Institute and the Youth Service Summit. These exciting opportunities, powered by Service in Schools, will build students’ leadership skills over the course of a five-day Institute that culminates in the planning and implementation of a day-long Youth Service Summit for elementary school students.
Lower East Side Girls Club Mentoring Mentors also provide internship opportunities, cultural experiences, and financial support to the organization through the Angel Alliance committee.Must Be A Girl. Must Live Or Go To School In The Lower East Side / East Village. http://www.girlsclub.org
4H Teen Leadership Program The 4-H Teen Leadership Programs provides teens grades 9-12 with a set of marketable skills that position them to become leaders. Youth are engaged in activities that teach leadership principles, establish a sense of personal identity and respect for differences and work on service learning projects to address community issues and prepare for their futures. http://nyc.cce.cornell.edu/4-h
Sadie Nash Leadership Project Sadie Nash Leadership Project was founded in 2001 to promote leadership and activism among young women. The program is designed to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their lives and in the world. By increasing the participation of women in social, political, and economic decision-making, Sadie Nash Leadership Project seeks to question and redefine the nature of leadership and to promote perspectives and practices that are cooperative, accountable, ethical, and effective. http://www.sadienash.org
New York Exploring Program Exploring is a program that offers high school students after school programs that provide engaging real-world career experiences. These programs are meant to help high school students develop ideas regarding what they would like to do as a career and what they would like to major in during college. These programs are hosted by a variety of New York based businesses from many different fields. Businesses usually hold sessions once a week for 3-6 weeks typically running from 4:30-6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. More information: https://www.nyexploring.org/join
Nextgen Ambassador Program: Impact 100 Impact100 NYC is a global women-led philanthropic movement to "give where we live." They connect members to each other, to NYC nonprofits and the communities they serve and empower diverse women across the five boroughs to be changemakers. More information: https://impact100nyc.org/page-18153
Lenox Hill Hospitalhttps://www.northwell.edu/find-care/locations/lenox-hill-hospital/volunteer-opportunities Volunteers at Lenox Hill Hospital are unique men and women of all ages from varied backgrounds, with different abilities and motivations behind their interest in volunteering. However, they share a common goal: an interest in helping others and a commitment to serving. The dedication, time and efforts of the volunteers are greatly appreciated by Lenox Hill staff, patients and visitors.
NYU Langone CenterAt NYU Langone Medical Center, volunteers provide essential social support to our patients, their families, and other visitors. Whether you’re interested in greeting and directing visitors, bringing your certified therapy dog for regular visits, or assisting with various nonclinical tasks, NYU Langone’s Volunteer Services can match you with the right opportunity.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital New York-Presbyterian Hospital volunteers are warm and caring individuals who give back to their community. Volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings providing an extra dimension of services to our patients and families. Volunteers are a vital part of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with more than 3,300 volunteers each year currently serving across our six locations. Our volunteers come from unique backgrounds but are commonly interested in helping others. The attention they provide is invaluable to patients and families.
New York Botanical Garden No matter what your interests, skills, or schedule, you can help the Garden in its valuable work. Volunteering at the Garden is a great way to expand your knowledge of plants, give back to your community, meet new people, and share your love of the Garden with others.
Student Conservation Association Are you a high school student who is passionate about conservation? Do you like working as part of a team to get things done? Do you just love being outdoors? Join an SCA camping or commuting crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you! Learn more
Ranger Conservation Corps https://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers/conservation-corps The Ranger Conservation Corps (RCC) is an urban environmental internship for high school students. RCC participants work on environmental restoration in Forever Wild sites located in our flagship parks. There are two RCC sessions each year (fall and spring), and each session lasts 8 to 10 weeks. The program occurs one day a week, on a school day afternoon for 2 to 2.5 hours. RCC is a great program for students who are interested in the natural world or environmental issues. It is an excellent opportunity to gain experience while working with the Urban Park Rangers. Participants may go on exciting field trips including canoeing, overnight camping and more.
New York City Compost Project www.nybg.org/green_up/nyccp.php The NYC Compost Project helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild City soils by giving New Yorkers the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs are carried out by staff funded by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) at host organizations in each borough.
Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship www.wavehill.org/education/woodland-ecology-research-mentorship/ Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship is a 14-month program offering motivated New York City high school students a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the principles of ecology, focusing particularly on ecological restoration in New York City, and to participate in important field research with working scientists―all while getting paid!
Science Columbia University's Science Honors Program (SHP) This program offers enrichment courses in science and mathematics on Saturday mornings throughout the school year to 700 students who have been selected from approximately 750 high schools in the metropolitan New York area. Next year's SHP will have openings for 400 new students. Applicants must now be in the 11th, 10th, or 9th grade and should have a strong interest and exceptional ability in science and mathematics. The program uses an online application process which students can access on the Columbia University SHP web page.
Prospect Park Zoo Discovery Guideprospectparkzoo.com/volunteering You will help maintain a friendly atmosphere for zoo visitors by interpreting animal exhibit areas, presenting fun activities like storytelling and games, and assisting with birthday parties and special events. Volunteering at the zoocan satisfy school community service hours, which can be applied toward school credit (check with your school), provide an introduction to careers in the animal field, or be a satisfying part of a summer vacation.
Science Research Mentoring Program at Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/grades-9-12/science-research-mentoring-program The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by AMNH scientists. SRMP students conduct authentic scientific studies in one of two tracks: Physical Science or Life Science. Students in the Life Science major have the opportunity to conduct research on a broad variety of topics including cultural and biological anthropology, conservation science, evolutionary biology, genetics and genomics, taxonomy, and systematics. Physical Science students can conduct research in Earth and Planetary Science and Astrophysics. Students interested in applying to SRMP must first take three Research AMNH courses in our After School Program.
NYBG Explainer Internship The Explainer Program interns volunteer to lead hands-on activities for visiting children and families as they explore science and nature in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, part of the New York Botanical Garden. Explainer interns receive MetroCard's for travel to and from the internship, an NYBG volunteer photo ID, a volunteer t-shirt, family admission to the garden and other discounts. Participants who complete the internship have the opportunity to apply to be an Advanced Explainer. The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458. Click here for more information and to apply.
NASA Internships and Fellowships Internships, fellowships and scholarships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/education/internships.html