Living in New York City, there are so many ways to get involved, find a passion, & give back to your community.
Whitney Museum of American Art: http://whitney.org/About/Volunteer
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.
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 Curators: Join a team of teens that select artwork to tell a story that explores the theme “What About Us?”
Museum of Modern Art Art conservators share behind-the-scenes trades as you learn how to examine, repair, and maintain modern and contemporary art. No previous art or conservation experience needed to apply.
All materials, food, supplies, and other costs are provided. Open to NYC high school students, ages 13-19 years old. New York City residents only. Apply online at teens.moma.org. For questions, email email@example.com or call 212-333-1252.
is in grade 10, 11, or 12 and either resides in or attends a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut;
has not completed another paid or unpaid internship at The Met;
is available to attend all sessions of the internship program; and
has the consent of a parent/guardian to apply for this program.
You don't need prior experience or specific knowledge of art or art history to apply—just an interest in learning about museum careers and great works of art!
Teen Reviewers and Critics https://torusteens.com/program/Teen-Reviewers-and-Critics-(TRaC)&loc=26973 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.
Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA) Groundswell's largest afterschool program, Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA), is modeled on a traditional apprenticeship and focuses on youth development objectives. Two teams of teen artists meet weekly throughout the school year to create public art for community-based organizations.
Brooklyn Museumhttps://www.brooklynmuseum.org/education/youth-and-families/gallery_studio_schedule/ $75-125 Ages 14–17 Portfolio Development: Design Session 1, 1:30–3:30 pm Session 2, 1:30–3:30 pm So you want to go to art school? This class will focus on the elements and principles of design. Learn about color theory and composition as you examine the way artists in the Museum apply those concepts. Discuss college options and prepare to submit your applications. Forms and Fabric Saturday Session, 2–5 pm Pull, stretch, and knot textiles into your own unique artwork. Use fabric, rope, and wire to create sculptures that are suspended in space. View the work of Senga Nengudi and build your own creations modeled after her abstract 3-D forms.
The Stella Adler The Stella Adler Outreach DivisionThe Stella Adler Outreach Division provides free actor-training to inner-city youth and underserved populations. Outreach aims to empower participating students through craft. The following are 2 programs for high school students:
Since 2004 nearly 4,000 New Yorkers have been served. The newly formalized Adler Ambassador program allows conservatory students and alumni to serve as volunteers and apply their craft through the Outreach Division’s field work. For more information go to: http://www.stellaadler.com/outreach/ You will go to the Outreach tab to learn about each program.
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. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 14, reside in the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT), and have played their instrument for at least two years. For more information, click here. The Wooster Group Summer Institutehttp://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. Meets Tuesdays 4-630.
Police Athletic League Junior Volunteer: Application HERE
Law Enforcement Exploring Law Enforecement 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 Project Reach: http://www.projectreachnyc.org Project Reach asserts the rights of young people to identify those barriers/problems/institutions (drugs, gangs, discrimination, etc.) that disempower and debilitate them and to organize support groups, actions, campaigns, and projects that concretely confront and change those conditions and institutions. Main Programs and Initiatives Include:
Substance Abuse Training: Teen Intervene (an early intervention program providing 1-on-1 drug and alcohol counseling for students 12-19 years old who attend our in-house programs, our workshops and training series and identity-specific support groups (LGBTQ, young women, young men)
Drug Abuse Training: Project Towards No Drug Abuse (a 12-session, motivation-decision-making workshops for high school-aged youth participants)
Life Skills Training: a 10-unit early intervention training for middle and junior high school-aged youth participants
West Side YMCAhttp://ymcanewyork.ee.bsd.net/association/pages/teens-take-the-city/ Teens Take the 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 www.a-b-c.org/youthservices 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 www.sadienash.org/leadership-institute/ 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.
Tutor at GO Project www.goprojectnyc.org/get-involved/volunteer#GOGetter Community building is at the heart of our work at the GO Project. We have a range of opportunities that offer you the chance to connect with children and adults in your community, develop professional skills, lend your expertise, and importantly, make a positive impact on your city. Please view our available positions below.
Asian American Student Advocacy Project (ASAP) cacf.org/dev/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ASAP_2017-2018_Application_Final.pdf 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. Apply by June 19, 2017 using the link above
Math, Tech, and Engineering
Ace Mentor NYhttp://www.acementor.org/index.php/affiliates/new-york/greater-new-york-city/about-us Students meet at one of the mentoring firms, thus seeing firsthand how an architectural, engineering or construction management firm operates. Teams meet twice a month after school during the school year for two hours per week. The team will decide together on a design project that is tailored to the students’ interest. Students will walk through the design, construction and logistical aspects of developing their pseudo project. Sessions include hands-on activities, use of design software, office tours and field trips to construction/project sites. At the end of the program, students will present their project to parents, teachers and their mentors.
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.
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.
Weekly interns commit to programs that run over a 10-week trimester during a specific season – Fall, Winter or Spring – and are required to make a commitment to one program, on one day and time per week. Though not required, they are encouraged to sign-up for the next trimester after they have completed their commitment.
Typical internship opportunities involve assisting in the after-school classes such as: Art (various), Chess, Big Chefs/Little Chefs (cooking), Chess, Homework Help, Clubhouse Experience, Reading Circles and Science.
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.
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.
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 Program https://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.
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. Students interested in participating in the SIS Leadership Institute should click the button below to begin the application.
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.
The components of the Youth Leadership Academy are as follows: LEADERSHIP & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Students learn the habits of leadership and discover a sense of self & respect for others. COLLEGE & CAREER PREPARATION: Cornell University students serve as mentors assisting Youth Leadership Academy members with college admissions and career planning. Planned excursions to campus help students explore careers and experience college life. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & YOUTH COMMUNITY ACTION: Youth Leadership Academy members become engaged citizens in their communities. Students are involved in projects designed to identify and address issues of public concern & gain service credit. http://nyc.cce.cornell.edu/4-h
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 Center At 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.
Independent research and a stimulating learning environment Students will have a chance to take part in independent research projects under the direct mentorship and guidance of a HOPP principal investigator (PI). The PI matches each student with a mentor — typically a senior member from the lab, such as a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or research technician. At the end of the summer, the students will be expected to present their research project at a poster session.
Extracurricular events, tours, training, and luncheons The students will also have the opportunity to explore outside of the laboratory by participating in a variety of events. These extracurricular activities contribute an additional facet to the internship and allow them to become fully immersed in the world of translational medicine and research. The events are hosted by programs throughout Memorial Sloan Kettering, including the Office of Diversity, various Memorial Hospital clinical departments, and Human Resources.
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.
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Friends of Van Cortlandt Park invites educators to bring students of all grade levels to the third largest park in New York City for a unique service-learning experience in a beautiful natural setting. Whether engaging in a one-time visit or recurring visits, students will have fun while learning the importance of preserving nature. The student programs, include “Forester for a Day,” “Garden Exploration,” ”Freshwater Ecology,” and more. Click here to learn more about the student programs. Contact Sara Kempton or call 718-601-1553 to register.
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!
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.