About This Initiative


Service in Schools launched during the 2009-10 school year as a partnership between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Education. Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative service-learning and community service experiences that enable them to use their voices, skills, and critical thinking abilities to affect positive change in their communities and the world. At the beginning of each school year, principals in NYC public schools create a comprehensive plan to promote and support service-learning in schools. 


The NYC Department of Education offers a locally approved diploma seal of recognition for youth service. The Seal of Recognition for Service, or Service Seal, recognizes high school students who accumulate a minimum of 100 hours of service over their high school years. Service hours may include community service completed independently or as part of service-learning and/or a school-led service program. 

For questions about Service in Schools, contact ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov.