SchoolPartners.NYC coordinates strategic collaboratives that help start or strength school partnerships citywide.
We call them “Onramps and Add-ons.” For community groups that have never before partnered with a school, these initiatives provide onramps to start a relationship. Where partnerships already exist, these efforts become add-ons to deepen trust and enhance impact.
Not yet in partnership with a school? Our initiatives provide onramps to relationship.
Already in partnership with a school? Add value with any of our core initiatives.
Thank you goes a long way. Creatively express gratitude to teachers, staff, students, and families.
Transform and improve physical spaces on the campus itself, like painting murals or planting gardens.
Replenish school supplies for under-resourced students by providing backpacks, classroom materials, and more.
The possibilities of creatively adding value through service are limited only by our collective imaginations. Below provides a brainstorming starting point aligned with the school calendar. It’s never too soon to lend a hand. #WeServe
- Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
- Volunteer awards
- Student awards
- Spring cleaning
- Plant gardens
- Paint murals
- Spring BBQs and field day
- Healthy snacks during standardized tests
- Test prep tutoring
Featured: New Life CDC Appreciates Teachers and Paints Murals
New Life CDC hosts appreciation breakfasts for I.S. 5 teachers
Tuesday April 14 and Wednesday April 15 in 2015
This is during Standardized Testing Week
To join us email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Life CDC hosts painting a new mural at PS 229 Queens
Specific dates TBD in May/ June 2015
Come on by
To join us email: email@example.com
- Send thank you notes to staff and faculty
- Honor the principal and school leaders at community events
- Basic painting / fixing / cleaning
- Extreme makeovers: teachers lounge, ball fields, schoolyards, gyms
- “Adopt-A-Classroom” supply drives
- Backpack giveaways
- Before School Teacher Appreciation Day
- Back-to-School Celebrations
- Welcome back decor
- Holiday festivities
- School supply distribution
- Thanksgiving food distribution
- Provide translators for orientations, first day jitters, parent teacher conferences, etc
- Appreciation breakfasts
- Community service give-a-thon
- International potlucks
- Holiday classroom decor
- Student led clean up
- Winter coat distribution
- Holiday toy distribution
- Sponsor sports teams and clubs
Back By Popular Demand
#HopeWeekNYC returns to New York City for a second consecutive year May 19-27, 2015.
In 2014, Hope Week assemblies mobilized thirty volunteers from 12 organizations to reach 6,000 students at eight NYC high schools in five days.
This year, we bring assemblies to 12 schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Reserve Your School Today!
- Kappa International
- New Explorers High School
- Thomas Edison High School
- PS/MS 282
- Flushing High School
- PS/MS 282
- Kappa IV High School
- John Adams High School
- Newtown High School
- Grover Cleveland High School
- Legal Studies HS at Grand Street Campus
- The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology at Grand Street Campus
Hope Week also provides theme-based motivational assemblies for public middle and high school campuses year-round. Our dynamic communicators include veteran NYC youth workers, musicians, theater and spoken word artists. High energy and multimedia storytelling, combined with wrap around supports from our school partners, inspire student action, achievement, and sustainable change.
Assembly themes include: leadership and activism, positive identity, anti-bullying, and academic excellence. Principals may also request topics and customized programs that address specific needs of particular schools. Programs include the option of an after school “Meet and Greet” where students may interact with the communicators and artists.
Request an assembly today.
WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT? HERE'S YOUR CHANCE!
We give you $100 on April 1.
(But you’re no April Fool.)
- Create a plan to grow the money in service of others.
- Work your plan for 6 weeks.
- Tell us about it on May 15 with a video online.
The best projects win prizes.
And on June 5 we celebrate your great work.
Pick your cause and apply
First day to work your plan & grow the money to serve others
Last day to work your plan & grow your money
Upload your video & report
Red Carpet Awards Celebration
WAYS STUDENTS CAN USE GRANT MONEY
Encourage your Classmates
Pass out small gifts to everyone at your school and attach an encouraging note to each one.
Help a person in need
Rally around a specific person, family or need in your school or community and assist them in their need.
Care for the Homeless
Do a food/clothing drive and distribute to the homeless in your area or downtown.
Support Local Officials
Clean, landscape, paint or do other projects to support FDNY, NYPD, local hospitals, senior centers or more.
Provide Clean Water
Raise money for a clean water project in a developing country.
Host a pancake breakfast for teachers/staff at your school. Let them know how much they are appreciated.
Best Practices for Faith-Based Groups
Check out the PDF’s Below
The pdfs below by CityServe Portland offer guidance specifically for faith-based groups that want to partner with public schools while respecting church/state issues. School Partners NYC embraces faith-based partners as strategic community allies in equipping students to maximize their full potential.