Service-Learning Opportunities and Resources

These opportunities are for educators and school leaders who want to develop service-learning in classroom curriculum.

All Schools

Take Action for Your Community with Roots and Shoots

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots is a global youth-led community action program comprised of thousands of young people dedicated to making the world a better place. Roots and Shoots provides educators with tools that develop students’ 21st Century learning skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and a spirit of collaboration. Roots and Shoots offers educators many resources on their website.

Get Involved in WE Schools Service-Learning Program

The WE Schools program provides educators and students with curriculum, educational resources, professional development, and a full calendar of action campaign ideas for service-learning. Educators can search the WE Schools’ library of resources by topic, class subject, and grade level to find resources for grades K-12 on a wide variety of local and global issues. Educators can also take advantage of pre-packaged service campaigns or sign up for AP with WE Service, a collaboration between WE and The College Board that incorporates service-based learning modules into existing AP classes. Through the free WE Schools program, students gain an understanding of the root causes of pressing issues including hunger, poverty, and lack of education and explore what they can do to help. Register for the WE Schools program.

Middle and High Schools

Teach Generation Citizen’s Action Civics Curriculum

Generation Citizen strives to teach students that a truly democratic society is one in which every citizen, no matter their race, gender, or socio-economic status, has a voice and the potential to make positive, systemic change. Generation Citizen partners experienced educators with trained college volunteers, called Democracy Coaches, who lead semester-long action civics courses in schools. Students choose an issue, develop a strategic plan to address the issue, take real action, and reflect on their successes and challenges. Each semester culminates with Civics Day, at which student representatives present their classes’ action projects to other students, community members, and public officials, to celebrate their work and gain feedback to further their advocacy efforts. Get more information about becoming a Generation Citizen teacher.

Join the Lead2Feed Challenge

Lead2Feed is a student leadership program teaching middle and high school students to become passionate, service-minded leaders for life. Lead2Feed provides teachers with project-based lessons aligned to 21st Century Skills with a focus on College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The lessons are leadership-driven activities centered on the challenge of working to meet a community need through project management, decision-making and team work. School project teams have the opportunity to be one of 50 winners by entering the Lead2Feed Leadership Challenge to win up to $20,000 in donation prize money for non-profit organizations and up to $15,000 in technology products for their school. Register with Lead2Feed and join the more than 200 New York City educators already registered in the program.

Service-Learning Resources

These lesson plans, planning guides, and classroom resources can help educators and school leaders to develop service-learning in their classrooms, or for an entire school community. See the WeTeachNYC service-learning collection for additional resources.

CBK Associates/ABCD Books

CBK Associates/ABCD Books provides a wide array of free materials to assist in the development of service-learning programs. The Resources page offers numerous articles by Cathryn Berger Kaye, including "Meaningful Reflection," "Guideposts to a Meaningful Service Learning Program," and more. The Blog answers critical questions to advance service-learning and highlights examples of student action from all over the world. Download free service-learning student guides and access free curriculum materials.

EarthEcho International Service-Learning Resources for Educators

EarthEcho International’s free service-learning resources range from EarthEcho Expeditions videos that explore global environmental challenges to service-learning action guides that equip young people with the tools to develop and implement solutions. Action guides, co-written with service-learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye, are available on a variety of topics including storm water, waste stream, water quality and complement EarthEcho’s citizen science program, the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC).

GenerationOn Programs and Resources

GenerationOn invites NYC schools to join their free service-learning program GenerationOn Schools, which allows participating schools to receive service-learning professional development and access to 1,600+ service-learning and philanthropy education lesson plans for grades K-12, aligned to New York and Common Core Learning Standards. Their website contains many resources for kids, teens, educators, parents, and organizations looking for ideas and support for service projects.

Learning to Give Curriculum

Learning to Give provides educators with K-12 service-learning lesson plans and units on a variety of issues, searchable by Common Core Learning Standards, New York State standards, classroom subject, and keywords.

Youth Service America

Youth Service America supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. Find free tools and guides to enhance service and service-learning in schools, including “ Youth Changing the World,” “Classrooms with a Cause," and "Semester of Service.”

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