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  • Civic Engagement

    There are many great opportunities across the university for students to get involved in community service projects and civic engagement opportunities.

    If you are interested in learning more about community service and civic engagement opportunities available from schools, student organizations, and other university offices, or to notify students of opportunities to participate in such activities, please email leadandserve@newschool.edu.

    Past Projects

    Annual South Dakota Service Trip

    For the past six years, groups of New School students have visited the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota to help refurbish homes and make them more energy efficient. Students learn valuable construction and repair skills and also have several opportunities to spend time with residents to learn about Lakota history and the current opportunities and challenges faced on the reservation.

    Sylvester Manor Organic Farm Trip

    Sylvester Manor is an educational farm and former agricultural plantation located on Shelter Island, at the end of Long Island. Students who participate in this trip learn a great deal about current organic farming practices, the history of food production in the Northeast, and its connection to the slave trade, and have an opportunity to sing to historic work songs from many cultures.

    New York Cares Day

    Held annually in October, New York Cares Day is a service initiative sponsored by New York Cares in which New Yorkers volunteer to paint and rehabilitate public schools.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

    Each year on MLK Jr. Day, The New School partners with City Year to carry out a mass volunteer project in a city neighborhood. Projects are usually spread across multiple sites in the neighborhood and usually focus on rehabilitating schools, community centers, and other public spaces. Past neighborhoods visited include Hunts Point, the Bronx, and East New York, Brooklyn.

    Far Rockaways Volunteer Trips

    After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City, The New School sent several teams of students to affected communities in the Rockaways and Breezy Point to do mold remediation and help rebuild the interiors of houses affected by severe flooding.