We’re excited to announce that The Philanthropy Project is now an official Service Learning Partner of the NYC Department of Education’s Service in Schools Initiative, as well as Chicago Public Schools!
The NYC Department of Education’s Service in Schools initiative began in August 2010 in partnership with NYC Service, Office of the Mayor. 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 offers a range of resources for schools to empower students, as well as recognizes and helps schools sustain outstanding service and service-learning programs. Data gathered from educators indicates that over 460,000 NYC students participated in at least one school led service/service learning activity during the 2014-2015 school year.
Chicago Public Schools
The third largest district in the United States, Chicago Public Schools is committed to making service learning a focus at the district. CPS requires students at every high school to engage in three service projects and 40 hours of service learning prior to graduation.
According to CPS, service learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills. Service learning is a pedagogical strategy, not an outcome. Service learning is an opportunity for students to develop Common Core skills and 21st century skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking/Problem Solving) through project preparation and development, execution, and reflection. Research indicates that when students participate in high quality service-learning we see positive academic, social/emotional, and civic outcomes.
We’re so honored to be working with both school districts and look forward to helping students in both Chicago Public Schools and the NYC Department of Education integrate meaningful service projects into their educational experience!