About This Initiative

Service in Schools

The Service in Schools initiative, a partnership between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Education, requires every principal in NYC public schools to create a comprehensive plan at the beginning of the school year to promote service in schools. Launched during the 2009-2010 academic year, Service in Schools seeks 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 strengthen communities.

Service in Schools offers a range of resources for schools to empower students and recognize service and assists schools in sustaining service-learning programs.

Since 2010, over 1.9 million students have been engaged in service and completed 24,500 service projects.


Seal of Recognition for Service

We are excited to announce that NYC Service has partnered with NYCDOE to offer a new, locally approved NYCDOE seal of recognition of youth service to support students’ college and career readiness in the 2014- 2015 school year. In order to receive the seal, students must successfully complete the requirements for a high school diploma or commencement credential and must meet a minimum of 100 hours of independent service, related service-learning, and/or a school-led service program over the course of their high school years.

For further guidance on the new diploma seal, please refer to the Seal of Recognition for Service. For questions, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov.