We are excited to dedicate this page to Teens!

Use this page to find teen friendly volunteer opportunities across New York City and get involved in your communities by making a difference and impacting the lives of others through the power of service!


NYC Community Gardens Youth Leadership Councils

Description: NYC Parks is partnering with GreenThumb, Grow to Learn, generationOn and NYC Service to enhance youth leadership opportunities for approximately 100-150 teens at 10 community gardens across all five boroughs in NYC. This initiative is part of NYC Service’s goal of engaging at least 10% of NYC teens in leadership development opportunities that advance policy, practice or service.

Deadline: May 9th, 2015.

Start Date: May, 2015

How to apply: Interested Participants should contact Gahl Shottan at (212) 227-1383 or email gahl.shottan@parks.nyc.gov

Community Garden Youth Leadership Council Flyer


Teen-Friendly Volunteer Projects

Coler-Goldwater Speciality Hospital & Nursing Facility: Activities Assistant

Daisy's Food Pantry: Food Pantry Volunteer

DOROT: Summer Teen Internship Program

Food Bank for New York City: Assist Shoppers

Go Project: After School Tutor

HEAF: Study Hall Tutors

NYC Parks: Queens Green Teens

POTS: Help Distribute Clothes to those in Need in the Bronx

POTS: Help Feed our Neighbors in Need in the Bronx

Volunteer with City Harvest

Volunteer with Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

Volunteer with Gowanus Canal Conservancy

Volunteer with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center


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.