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2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY                                                                             SERVICE IN NEW YORK   ...
Table of Contents                                                             37                MAKE A DIFFERENCE: PUT    ...
Make a Difference: Put Your Teen         Energy and Enthusiasm to Work!                                                   ...
GETTING STARTED      Even if you are committed to the idea of community            Favorite school subjects:service, it’s ...
Ways to Help: Once you have a philanthropic focus, there aremany ways you can make a difference. You can:                 ...
Create a plan: Once you have ideas for what you’d like to do       who were in a classroom of their own. So he approacheda...
STUDENT PROFILE           In Her Own Words                                                            "This program has he...
businesses to donate prizes for the winners. Jillian askedpeople to donate $25 with a check made out directly toMultiple S...
where there be           dragons                       Asia,   “One way teens help Heifer is by writing personalized      ...
Non-Profit                                   Organizations in                                   New York  From working with...
COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSHEARTS & MINDS                                                           LIFEBEATHearts & M...
COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSAging With Dignity                                               ISABELLA GERIATRIC CENTER ...
COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSAnimal Rights & Rescue                                          EDUCATION ALLIANCE         ...
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TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
TeenLife 2012 Guide to Community Service in New York
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Inside this handy guide you'll find everything you need to know about community service opportunities to share with you school community. It describes why all teens should volunteer, lists descriptions of over 100 programs in New York, and includes a personal story of a student who has completed numerous hours of community service.

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  1. 1. 2 0 1 2 FREE GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK WWW.TEENLIFE.COM | FREEMore than 100 non-profitopportunities for studentsThe BENEFITS ofteen volunteering A TEENLIFE MEDIA PUBLICATION
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  5. 5. Presenting TeenLife’s 2012 Guide to CommunityService in New York!The only free, comprehensive resource of its kind. Goodwill. Helping in the community. Even non-profits in 12 different categories. Each listing includes a fulfilling community service hours required to mission statement, volunteer coordinator, and web address. graduate. These are all reasons for teens to So, the research is all done for you. be actively doing community service work. And Plus, our student-friendly feature written by teen author that’s not to mention the many other benefits Liz Suneby highlights how students can get started and the of doing so. many ways teens can easily get involved (page 4).Students who get involved with an organization they are pas- TeenLife strongly encourages teen volunteering. We hopesionate about grow socially and emotionally, build character, our comprehensive guide leads you to a world of unexploredand discover how their time and energy actually contributes to opportunities. And please, let us know about your charitablethe wider world around them. A positive volunteer experience efforts. We are always looking for teens who want to share theircannot only be life changing, but it can also be a tremendous experiences “making a difference.” We can feature your story onaddition to a college application. our site or in our upcoming guides, just like Claudia Bona-CohensThat’s why TeenLife is delighted to produce this first annual and Esther Zyskinds Student Profiles on pages 8 and 18.Guide to Community Service in New York. Flip through its pages,and parents and teens like you can easily find more than 100non-profits in New York who need teen volunteers!From working with a homeless shelter to using your teen Marie, Schwartz, President & Founder, TeenLife Media, LLCvoice at the legislative level, our guide lists a wide variety of mschwartz@teenlife.com
  6. 6. 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK Marie Schwartz, President & Founder MARKETING Cara Ferragamo Murray, Vice President of Marketing & Communications Camille Heidebrecht, Director of Marketing & Managing Editor Kimberly Spector Wolf, Marketing Manager SALES Dina Creiger, Director of Sales, dina@teenlife.com Amy Barnett, Account Executive, amy@teenlife.com Jeanne Kelley, Account Executive, jeanne@teenlife.com Cindy Tessman, Account Executive, cindy@teenlife.com OPERATIONS Ellie Boynton, Vice President of Operations Anh-Thu Huynh, Manager of Operations & Customer Service Jesse Burns, Customer Service & Research Representative EDITORIAL Turning your teen’s Liz Suneby, Contributing Writer interests into meaningful pre-college experiences... ART & PRODUCTION Kathryn Tilton, Designer 212.582.5300 PUBLISHED BYJill Tipograph, Founder TeenLife Media, LLC 1330 Beacon St., Suite 268, Brookline, MA 02446 (617) 277-5120 info@teenlife.com, www.teenlife.com Copyright © 2012 by TeenLife Media, LLC Published by TeenLife Media, LLC, Brookline, Massachusetts LIMIT OF LIABILITY TeenLife Media, LLC (TL) takes no responsibility for any of the descriptions of the various organizations listed. TL is not familiar with all of the organizations listed. We edit the descriptions only to achieve a consistent format. TL presents all descriptions without any warranty of any kind, express or implied. TL is not responsible for the accuracy of any description, or for mistakes, errors, or omissions of any kind, and is not responsible for any loss or damage caused by a user’s reliance on the information contained in this guide. All the information contained herein is subject to change without notice, and readers are advised to confirm all information about an organization before making any commitments. Trademarks: TeenLife Media, LLC and related trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of TeenLife and/or its affiliates in the United States and may not be used without written permission.
  7. 7. Table of Contents 37 MAKE A DIFFERENCE: PUT INDEX 4 YOUR TEEN ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM TO WORK! 37 Community Service Organizations — Alphabetical The author highlights the many benefits of 38 Community Service community service work and how teens can Organizations — By location easily get involved. 39 Sponsors, Contributors, By Liz Suneby & Advertisers STUDENT PROFILE 8 40 ABOUT TEENLIFE Claudia Bona-Cohen shares how community Find out more about what we offer service work has become her lifelong goal. and how to register on our site. 11 COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS 11 Advocacy for a Cause 13 Aging With Dignity 14 Animal Rights & Rescue 14 Community Resources 16 Cultural Organizations 17 Health & Well-Being 22 Homelessness & Hunger 23 International Relief 24 People with Disabilities 24 Preserving the Environment 25 Promoting Volunteerism 26 Youth STUDENT PROFILE 18 Esther Zyskind describes what inspires her most when volunteering. 30 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Recognition of Sponsors & Students giving back to the community on a PEOPLE Contributors to the 2012 TeenLife TO PEOPLE Leadership Summit—Service in Action LIVE! Community Service Fair & Expo. Program in New Orleans. See listing on page 36.Cover Photo: Teens with PROJECT SUNSHINE assemblecraft kits distributed to children at partner hospitals.See listing on page 20.
  8. 8. Make a Difference: Put Your Teen Energy and Enthusiasm to Work! by Liz Suneby “ALTHOUGH THE WORLD IS FULL OF SUFFERING, IT IS FULL ALSO OF THE OVERCOMING OF IT.” Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) This quote from Helen Keller—author, political activist, But, by working with others to help chip away at universallecturer, and the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor problems, you can have a positive impact on the world, as well.of Arts degree—is one of my favorites. It inspires me to takeresponsibility for repairing the world and it gives me hope thatI can make a difference. Accept responsibility as a citizen of the world Whether you choose to focus on people, animals, or the TeenLife developed this guide to inspire you to make the environment, there are countless ways to make a difference.world a better place and to provide you with practical advice In fact, there are so many problems in the world that it’s naturalfor doing so. If you are not sure where to begin, this guide will to question whether you can actually have a positive effect.help you get going. If you already have ideas, this guide will Don’t get stymied. Accept responsibility for doing your part.give you new ones to consider. Lend a hand. It feels goodto do good. Gain a sense of empowermentWHY COMMIT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE? Service gives you the chance to develop your leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills, as well as an overallMany middle and high schools require community service as sense of accomplishment. It broadens your worldview anda condition of graduation. Whether or not your school does, even has the potential to introduce you to career choices.service offers many benefits—to others as well as to yourself. Appreciate all that you have Make the world a little better As a busy student, it is easy to obsess about the very realYes, you can single-handedly improve the lives of others. pressures you face. But seeing firsthand the challengesConsider the impact of helping an elderly neighbor who no others face and the ways people overcome their challengeslonger can handle yard work, grocery shopping, or simply provides valuable perspective for your own life.reading the Sunday newspaper. Or how you could brightenthe days of children in the hospital by making cards, craft kits,and playlists of upbeat tunes. Or the importance of providing Strengthen your college applicationessentials to families in need by donating books, school In-depth service experiences make you a more multi-supplies, and clothing to a local shelter. dimensional and interesting person and consequently, a stronger candidate for acceptance. College admissionsOther issues are too big for any one person to overcome alone, officers see through checklist or superficial involvement,like saving animals from extinction, curing genetic diseases, so discover your philanthropic priorities and pursue themreversing global warming, or ensuring access to clean water. with passion.4 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK
  9. 9. GETTING STARTED Even if you are committed to the idea of community Favorite school subjects:service, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed about how and where Math, art, biology, chemistry, environmentalto get started. As anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978) science, history, foreign languages, English…said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committedcitizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing thatever has.” Extracurricular interests: Acting, ceramics, band, chorus, dance, teamLooking Within or individual sports, student government, babysitting…Interests & Talents: The best place to start is by lookingwithin—to your interests and talents. Connecting yourpassions to fixing problems in the world will lead you to ideasin the short-term, and hopefully to a lifelong commitment to Hobbies/passions:social justice and service to others. Animals, biking, cooking, travel, crafts, camping, computers/electronics, gardening, movies,Think about favorite academic subjects, after-school activities, photography, yoga…or issues that you care deeply about. Is reading the way you liketo relax? Is speaking Spanish how you like to converse? Doeshiking in nature bring you joy? What about making movies onyour laptop? Are you happiest when you are playing the piano? Universal issues:Or kicking a soccer ball? Do you have a grandparent with Education for girls, clean water, global warming,Alzheimer’s disease? A friend with Type 1 diabetes? Do you adoption, bullying, eating disorders, depression,know someone serving overseas in the military? Take a look at domestic violence…the table on the right to start brainstorming.STUDENTSforSERVICEteen volunteers helpMILLIONTreesNYCplant 20,000 trees inparks throughout NewYork in one single day.See listing on page 26.
  10. 10. Ways to Help: Once you have a philanthropic focus, there aremany ways you can make a difference. You can: Make your voice heard: We live in a democracy where every citizen’s voice Volunteer your time: counts. When you turn 18 years old you can vote Have you ever heard the expression “Time is money”? for people whose beliefs are similar to yours to There’s no better gift than the gift of your time, effort, and represent your views in town, state, and national energy. Depending on the opportunity, you can volunteer government. But you don’t have to wait until you alone, with a friend, a group, or with a parent or other turn 18 to make your voice heard. Make your opinion grown-up. You can work directly with the individuals the known to government officials and encourage others non-profit serves, help with administrative duties in the to do so as well. Write letters to the editor in local and office, clean up or paint, or assist at special events. Try national publications about issues of concern to you. to devote AT LEAST 10 hours of your time to one organiza- Spearhead an essay contest at your school with a tion to have more impact. Consider opportunities right teacher or administrator as your sponsor. at your school, in your community, and/or a summer service opportunity in locations across the country and the world. Practice deliberate acts of kindness: While deliberate acts of kindness do not qualify for community service hours, it is important to live your Collect goods for donation: life with integrity, compassion, and respect. Perhaps What do you have that you don’t need anymore, but the writer Henry James summed it up best when he someone else could use? Go through your closet: what proclaimed, “Three things in human life are impor- clothes have you outgrown that someone else could tant: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. wear? How about used sports equipment or books that And the third is to be kind.” are in good shape? Think about broadening your reach by collecting items from friends, neighbors, even stores to distribute to others in need. Looking Outward Raise funds: Identify organizations to support: How can you find national There are multiple ways to raise funds for donation. You or local organizations that could benefit from your involve- can earn money by charging for your services, such as ment? Start your research right here with the organizations sorting recyclables and dispensing trash, shoveling snow, listed in TeenLife’s 2012 Guide to Community Service. Also, babysitting, or fixing computers. Have you ever thought speak to as many people as possible about organizations about organizing your own fundraiser, such as a bake sale that they know of or are involved with that fit your interests, or carwash? You could participate in a charity run/walk/ including your: readathon and raise money through sponsorships. • guidance counselor • teachers • parents and other relatives Buy items that help others: • neighbors Another way to raise funds is to purchase from organiza- • clergy and lay leaders at your house of worship tions that donate a percent of the money they earn to • friends charity. When you buy these brands of food or clothing, for example, you not only get something you want, but Clarify community service graduation requirements: also you help others. Certain web sites and catalogs do Be sure you are aware of all parameters, including: the same thing. Look carefully when you go shopping • number of hours per year or in total and encourage other people to change the world with a • approved activities simple purchase! • approved organizations • forms, signatures, and deadlines for submission6 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK
  11. 11. Create a plan: Once you have ideas for what you’d like to do who were in a classroom of their own. So he approachedand potential organizations you would like to help, draft an the special needs teacher and together they devised a plan.action plan to organize your thinking. Include: She paired Sam with a boy with Down syndrome, and the two boys ate lunch together once a week in the school cafeteria • a succinct overview of the service project for the entire school year. As the year progressed, both boys • objectives/goals often brought friends to join them. Over lunch, Sam and his • names and contact information for people you buddy spoke about sports, food, and school and formed a will need to work with mutually-beneficial friendship. • required materials and approximate costs • schedule, noting key milestones and dates • success measurements, including how others and Math Student Tutors Younger Kids you will benefit High-school student Lindsay’s favorite subject in school is math. Since middle school, she has been volunteeringTEEN COMMUNITY SERVICE EXAMPLES to tutor elementary school kids in math at a program in Teaneck, New Jersey called Math Adventures and WordThese real-life stories illustrate how a few teens have put Play that offers free access to the entire community. Fortheir various interests and talents to work for others. two hours on Saturdays, Lindsay helps kids complete their homework and study for tests. Many of the students in the program are not able to afford a tutor, which makes itHigh School Girls Focus on Suicide Prevention especially rewarding for Lindsay to help other kidsAccording to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention understand and enjoy a subject she knows so well.(AFSP), suicide is the third leading cause of death, behindaccidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to 24. While Actor, Singer, and Musician Sharesthis statistic is startling, it was the personal connection Love of Musicto classmates who had taken their lives that caused Lexyand Jennifer, two high school seniors, to focus on suicide Alex is an actor, singer, and musician, who by seventhprevention for their community service project. These girls grade had credits on stage and TV. Appreciative of the artsapproached a local, family-owned clothing shop in their town education he enjoyed in his own school district, he wantedwith an idea to sell hand-braided bracelets in their store. The to help kids in other districts that were not able to offer theshop donated colorful cloth and an assortment of buttons same level of opportunities to their students. Alex usedand the girls braided and sold the bracelets in the store. All the money he earned from his acting jobs to purchase 21proceeds were donated to AFSP (www.afsp.org) to support new and used musical instruments (4 guitars, 5 trumpets,their work in suicide prevention. 5 clarinets, 6 flutes, and a drum set) and donated them to a performing arts public school in Yonkers, New York. As a high school student, Alex continues to use his creativeMiddle School Boys Organize Bone Marrow talents to help others. In addition to performing locally forRegistration Drives charitable events, he has traveled to Latin America fourFor people with certain blood cancers or disorders, a bone times on community service trips and always finds a way tomarrow transplant is the only hope for survival. Saving a incorporate music, including performing in the local villageslife is the ultimate service, and exactly how middle school where he has lived. Not surprisingly, in college Alex plans toboys Andrew and Jake wanted to make their mark on the double major in music and Latin American studies in orderworld. Together, and with the help of their mothers, the boys to make positive change in that part of the world throughorganized two bone marrow registration drives for Gift of Life music, business, and education.(www.giftoflife.org) at events in their town. To spread the word,the boys posted fliers around town, and got their local paper Tennis Enthusiast Raises Money forto write a story. Thanks to their hard work, 134 people joined Multiple Sclerosis Societythe registry. Jillian, a middle-school tennis player, hosted a parent/child tennis tournament to raise money for the Multiple SclerosisSchoolmate Gives the Gift of Friendship Society, a disease that affects her aunt and grandmother.Sam attends a big public school and realized he never had Jillian got her tennis club to donate the space, localthe chance to interact with any of the kids with special needs supermarkets and restaurants to donate food, and several
  12. 12. STUDENT PROFILE In Her Own Words "This program has helped shape my life in so many ways." What was the most memorable part of your experience? By far the most memorable part of this experience was my renewed appreciation for the value of friendship. Com- munity service can be a bit tiresome at times, but it is defi- nitely a strong bonding experience. The friendships made during this project— made every day worthwhile. Now, even three years later, I am still in contact with the friends I made from all over the country! CLAUDIA BONA-COHEN There was a bit of a language barrier at times, but I also Hometown: Brooklyn, New York. found a deep appreciation for the host family. Our collab- Current student at Middlebury College in Vermont. orative efforts helped strengthen their vision to help their community. What else did you learn by participating in this program?What was the name of the Service Program you This trip was an amazing learning experience for me. Itparticipated in? taught me that initiative and enthusiasm by everyone isI participated in the Sicily Community Service Trip with needed to achieve a common goal. It’s not only the feelingTravel For Teens. of accomplishment at the end of the project that makes it meaningful, but it’s also the passion you have during theTell me a little bit about the program and its mission. process that’s important. Learning about Sicilian history and culture, cooking, language, and lifestyle through activeDuring this service trip, a group of high school stu- engagement was icing on the cake!dents including myself stayed with a Sicilian family attheir home in Biancavilla, Sicily. This particular familyhad a mission to share some of their prosperity withthose less fortunate. Together, we converted their How did it shape your future goals in school and lifehouse, farm, and vineyard into a retreat and com- moving forward?munity center for underprivileged children from the This program has helped shape my life in so many ways.Catania urban area. I have enrolled in Italian language and history courses in college, and have returned to Italy to work during theWhat did you specifically do as your community ser- summer. Because of lessons learned in Sicily, I am ablevice work? Projects worked on? to approach difficult tasks with enthusiasm, and I canSome the things we did included helping clear the see every situation as an opportunity for personal growthgrounds in preparation for construction, painting the and the possibility of new friendships. I have also learnedhouse, and fixing plumbing problems. In addition, we that I want to make community service a part of my life;spent a significant amount of time cleaning public I regularly volunteer on campus and I plan on continuingareas in the town. after I graduate.
  13. 13. businesses to donate prizes for the winners. Jillian askedpeople to donate $25 with a check made out directly toMultiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org). Tomaximize contributions, she even encouraged non-tennisplayers to attend to watch some great tennis for a great cause.Grateful Survivor Cooks for a CureHannah, a cancer survivor, cooked up her familys favoriterecipe for delicious hot fudge sauce to raise money for theplayroom at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at The Dana FarberCancer Institute (www.jimmyfund.org). After years of makingthe sauce with her mom to give as holiday gifts, she came upwith the idea to sell it instead to raise money for the childrensplayroom where she had spent many hours during treatmentfor leukemia. Her mom approached a locally-owned gift shop,and that was where Hannah launched her sales. This firstsuccessful retail experience was the beginning of moreto come.NON-PROFITS VALUE TEENSHear directly from several non-profit executives about theirperspectives on teen volunteerism.“We appreciate the incredible energy and enthusiasm of teenvolunteers at our annual events such as at our fundraisingwalk, NAMIWalks (May 12, 2012, Artesani Park, SoldiersField Road, Boston), and at our Advocacy Day at the StateHouse (April 2, 2012). At our Advocacy Day, teen volunteersinterested in government and public policy also get to learnabout mental health issues in the state and meet aides to ourstate’s elected officials.” Cindy Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator,National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (www.namimass.org)—improving the quality of life both for peoplewith mental illnesses and for their families through aware-ness, advocacy, and support. breakthrough moments can happen anywhere.Adds Nelson, “Here’s my advice to teens—volunteer for an service ■ adventure ■ language ■ life skillsorganization or cause that you are truly passionate about. It is 1.800.321.4353 ■ rusticpathways.comimportant to know yourself—do you want to work with otherteens in a group, or are you willing to work alone? Do you needsome direction, or can you work independently? What skillsdo you have—and what volunteer opportunities are a goodmatch?” Experience the"Also, be creative! If you cant find a volunteer opportunity that World on a Bike!interests you, then write a proposal to an organization that SHP has been providing fun,addresses why you value their work, presents how you can educational bicycle touring tripshelp them achieve their mission, outlines the resources you through New England, Canada, Europe, and the Pacific Coastwill need (staff assistance, office space, etc.), and the time you for the past 44 years. Trips areare willing to commit,” says Nelson. two to eight weeks for teens in grades 6 -12, accommodating (800) 343-6132 all cycling abilities. shpbike@gmail.com www.bicycletrips.com
  14. 14. where there be dragons Asia, “One way teens help Heifer is by writing personalized Africa, Latin America, notes thanking friends for their donation and interest, and and the Middle East informing them of upcoming Heifer events. Donors have expressed their gratitude for a personalized card and how impressed they are that a teen has taken the initiative to get involved,” remarks Rachel, Area Volunteer Coordinator,semester Eastern MA, Heifer International, Inc. (www.heifer.org)—and giving families in 128 countries self-reliance and hope withsummer programs a source of food rather than short-term relief.w w w. wheretherebedragons . com “Providing a venue for people of all ages to give back to their communities is central to Cradles to Crayons’ mission. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, so it is important to engage them in high-quality volunteer experiences and lead- ership programs. We aim to inspire youth to find their passion for helping others and take the lead in creating change."BRING IT THIS SUMMER! "Teens make a difference every day at Cradles to Crayons. Just this month, a high school student saw our high need for winter coats. She saved up over $500 from her babysit-ArtsBridge Summer 2012 in NYCActing and Musical Theater ting money to purchase 20 brand-new, high-quality coats. Teens like Karly Oettgen featured on page 21 also shine asArtsBridge Regional 2012 volunteers in our Teen Leadership Corps. These studentsBringing it closer to you! take an entire group of 20-25 volunteers into a project area, give them orientation, and lead the team through a two-hour volunteer shift. These teens have the confidence and initiative ArtsBridge.com // info@artsbridge.com to direct adults and peers, answer questions, and ensure that quality work is being done,” explains Ashley Tarbet, Giving Corps Volunteer Manager, Cradles to Crayons (www. cradlestocrayons.org)—providing homeless and low-income children with the essentials they require to thrive: to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. Volunteering in any capacity makes you a better person, inspires you to spread goodwill, and helps you grow in so many ways on a personal level. It is a win win for all involved. Liz Suneby is the author of books for children and teens, including The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah…and Your Life, published by Jewish Lights, and the Children’s Choice award-winning, See What You Can Be: Explore Careers That Could Be For You. Virtual admissions counseling from former admissions officers. www.AcceptU.com (617) 424-0700
  15. 15. Non-Profit Organizations in New York From working with sheltered animals to advocating for a cause you believe in, TeenLife is sure you can find your non-profit niche by perusing the organizations listed in this guide. There are literally hundreds of non-profits that need—and are actively looking for— teen volunteers in and around New York! Just remember that no matter where you choose to volunteer your time, engaging in community service work not only helps the organization you are working with, but also helps you—learn valuable life skills, make lifetime memories, and build your resume. Now all you have to do is pick one!Advocacy for a Cause CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION Our mission is to cure and control cystic fibrosis. Together,AIDS WALK NEW YORK we can continue adding tomorrows to the lives of peopleIn its 27 years, AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly with CF.845,000 people to walk, and millions more to donate, raising Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14more than $125 million to combat HIV and AIDS. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Suzette AvilesMinimum Age for Volunteers: None Phone: (212) 986-8783Volunteer Coordinator(s): Nakeshia Betsill Email: saviles@cff.orgPhone: (212) 807-9255 Address: 424 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017Email: nakeshiab@aidswalk.net Website: www.cff.org/getinvolved/volunteerAddress: 446 West 33rd Street, 6th Floor,New York, NY 10001 EAST NEW YORK FARMS!Website: www.aidswalk.net/newyork The mission of East New York Farms! is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community byALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION — promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-ledNEW YORK CITY CHAPTER economic development. East New York Farms is a projectThe New York City chapter is a founding member of the of the United Community Centers in partnership withAlzheimers Association. The Alzheimers Association is the local residents.largest voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing Minimum Age for Volunteers: Noneresearch for the causes, treatments, and prevention of Volunteer Coordinator(s): David VigilAlzheimer’s disease. Phone: (718) 649-7979 ext. 12Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Email: david@eastnewyorkfarms.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Karen Holland Address: United Community Centers, 613 New Lofts Avenue,Phone: (646) 744-2900 Brooklyn, NY 11207Email: kholland@alznyc.org Website: www.eastnewyorkfarms.orgAddress: 360 Lexington Avenue, 4th Floor,New York, NY 10017Website: www.alz.org/nyc/ THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK | 11
  16. 16. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSHEARTS & MINDS LIFEBEATHearts & Minds is a clearinghouse of helpful information, which Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and thenot only motivates people to get involved, but also shows music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDSthem how to make self-help, volunteering, and donations prevention.more effective. We work to reach people nationwide and Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16globally through our website and public education and activism Volunteer Coordinator(s): Sharlene Shorttcampaigns. Phone: (212) 459-2590Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Email: sshortt@lifebeat.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Melissa Katz Address: 676A Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036Phone: (212) 280-0333 Website: www.lifebeat.org/how-to-help/volunteerEmail: mail@change.netAddress: 165 West 105th Street, New York, NY 10025 PEACE ACTION NEW YORK STATE (PANYS)Website: www.heartsandminds.org/volunteer.htm Peace Action is dedicated to promoting the non-violent resolution of conflict, the abolition of nuclear weapons,JAZZ FOR PEACE halting the global spread of conventional arms, building aJazz For Peace uses the transcendent quality of music to human rights culture, and supporting human needs insteadpromote a message of peace and unity. We reach out to of militarism.individuals and organizations on both sides of conflicting issues, Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16believing that if we as a species embrace qualities such as Volunteer Coordinator(s): Kathryn Rahillcreativity, artistry, intellectuality, humanity, and individuality, we Phone: (646) 723-1749will all have a better chance at avoiding destructive behavior. Email: kathryn.rahill@panys.orgMinimum Age for Volunteers: 15 Address: 64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038Volunteer Coordinator(s): John De Angelis Website: www.panys.org/wordpress/getinvolved/volunteerPhone: (212) 947-1104Email: info@jazzforpeace.org PROJECT HEALAddress: 400 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 Project HEAL raises money for people with eating disordersWebsite: www.jazzforpeace.org who cannot afford treatment, and promotes healthy body image and self-esteem. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Liana Rosenman Phone: (631) 739-4697 Email: projectheal.ed@gmail.com Teen volunteering at a shelter with HOMES Address: 38-18 West Drive, Douglaston, NY 11363 FOR THE HOMELESS. See listing on page 22. Website: www.theprojectheal.org/our-team/teen-activists SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE — GREATER NYC AFFILIATE Ten million women around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years without a cure. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is fighting every minute of every day to save every life. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Laura DeMartis Phone: (646) 380-0235 Email: volunteer@komennyc.org Address: 470 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018 Website: www.komennyc.org/volunteer
  17. 17. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSAging With Dignity ISABELLA GERIATRIC CENTER We provide quality care through diverse programsTHE CARTER BURDEN CENTER FOR THE AGING designed to promote health and independence withinThe Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Inc. promotes the and beyond our walls.well-being of individuals 60 and older through a broad array Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14of direct social services and volunteer programs oriented to Volunteer Coordinator(s): Rosa Pascualindividual, family, and community needs. Phone: (212) 342-9590Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Email: rpascual@isabella.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Jany Ramirez Address: 515 Audubon Avenue, New York, NY 10040Phone: (212) 879-7400 x108 Website: www.isabella.orgEmail: ramirezj@carterburdencenter.orgAddress: 1484 First Avenue, New York, NY 10075 JEWISH ASSOCIATION FOR SERVICESWebsite: www.carterburdencenter.org FOR THE AGED (JASA) JASA’s mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the agingCITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain inCitymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of the community with dignity and autonomy.nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15New Yorkers in need, and helps them live with dignity in Volunteer Coordinator(s): Alexandra Colliertheir own homes and communities. Phone: (212) 273-5291Minimum Age for Volunteers: Under 12 Email: volunteer@jasa.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Vivienne O’Neill Address: 247 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10001Phone: (212) 687-1234 Website: www.jasa.org/volunteeringEmail: vivienne@citymeals.orgAddress: 355 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017 KATERI RESIDENCEWebsite: www.citymeals.org/volunteer-with-us Kateri’s mission is to provide loving care to all residents. Our residents treasure the companionship of people of allCOLER-GOLDWATER SPECIALTY HOSPITAL ages, abilities, and talents.AND NURSING FACILITY Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Coler-Goldwater is a comprehensive care center committed Volunteer Coordinator(s): Cassandra Robinsonto providing quality medical, rehabilitative, and long-term Phone: (646) 505-3757care services to all New York City residents without regard to Email: crobinson@archcare.orgsource of payment. Address: 150 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10018Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 with working papers Website: www.kateriresidenceny.org/volunteer.htmlVolunteer Coordinator(s): Lydia OrtizPhone: (212) 848-6011 VISITING NEIGHBORSEmail: lydia.ortiz@nychhc.org Our programs and services help seniors maintain theirAddress: 900 Main Street, 81-67, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044 independence by connecting them to someone who cares.Website: www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/coler-goldwater Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 with parental consent and note from schoolDOROT Volunteer Coordinator(s): Howie SquareDOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and Phone: (212) 260-6200provides services to help them live independently as valued Email: info@visitingneighbors.orgmembers of the community. Address: 80 8th Avenue, Suite 415, New York, NY 10011Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Website: www.visitingneighbors.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Sarit WishnevskiPhone: (212) 769-2850Email: swishnevski@dorotusa.orgAddress: 171 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024Website: www.dorotusa.org THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK | 13
  18. 18. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSAnimal Rights & Rescue EDUCATION ALLIANCE The Educational Alliance is a community-based organizationBIDEAWEE offering a wide range of programs that integrate education,Bideawee is an animal welfare organization that promotes social services, arts, and recreation throughout Downtownand supports safe, loving, long-term relationships between Manhattan. We strive to nourish the total person, strengthenpeople and companion animals by providing a continuum of family connections, and build inclusive communities.services and programs that are innovative, personalized, Minimum Age for Volunteers: 17and of high quality. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Amy StollmackMinimum Age for Volunteers: 18, 10 with an adult Phone: (646) 395-4089Volunteer Coordinator(s): Lauren Bonanno Email: amy_stollmack@edalliance.orgPhone: (212) 532-4455 x7239 Address: 197 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002Email: lauren.bonanno@bideawee.org Website: www.edalliance.orgAddress: 410 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016Website: www.bideawee.org/programs_&_services/ FILIPINO AMERICAN HUMAN SERVICES, INC.volunteer/volunteer_now.php (FAHSI) FAHSI is a community-based, non-profit organizationPAWS NY dedicated to serving the most vulnerable segments of theOur mission is to promote the general health and well- Filipino community of New York, particularly youth, women,being of underserved individuals through the provision of recent immigrants, and the elderly.pet care assistance. We believe in the importance of the Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16human-animal bond, and our goal is preserve that bond for Volunteer Coordinator(s): Rose Cunananindividuals who are at risk of losing their pets during Phone: (718) 883-1295difficult times. Email: rose@fahsi.orgMinimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Address: 185-14 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432Volunteer Coordinator(s): Rachel Herman Website: www.fahsi.org/get-involved/volunteersPhone: (913) 733-2170Email: rachel.herman@pawsny.org FEGS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SYSTEMAddress: P.O. Box 333, New York, NY 10159 FEGS strives to help individuals achieve greater success,Website: www.pawsny.org/volunteer independence, and dignity by providing a diverse network of cost-effective health and human services, which meet the ever-changing needs of the Jewish and broader communities, business, and our society.Community Resources Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Adena Stern Phone: (212) 366-8274BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY Email: adstern@fegs.orgBrooklyn Public Library serves the borough’s 2.5 million Address: 315 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of Website: www.fegs.orgbooks, and use of more than 1,100 free Internet-accessiblecomputers.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 GREENWICH HOUSEVolunteer Coordinator(s): Volunteer Coordinator The mission of Greenwich House is to help individuals andPhone: (718) 230-2406 families lead more fulfilling lives by offering social andAddress: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238 health services, cultural and educational programs, andWebsite: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/support/volunteer opportunities for civic involvement to New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds. Minimum Age for Volunteers: None Volunteer Coordinator(s): Hannah Read Phone: (212) 991-0003 x401 JOIN AT Email: hread@greenwichhouse.org WWW.TEENLIFE.COM NOW! Address: 224 West 30th Street, Suite 302, New York, NY 10001 Website: www.greenwichhouse.org/get_involved/volunteer
  19. 19. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSGROSVENOR NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE YMCA NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARYThe Grosvenor Neighborhood House is a New York City YMCA The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelongserving residents of Manhattan Valley by providing childcare, learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.after-school programs, camps, and classes. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Maura MullerVolunteer Coordinator(s): Kathryn Right Phone: (212) 930-0502Phone: (212) 749-8500 / (212) 912-2640 Email: mauramuller@nypl.orgEmail: kright@ymcanyc.org Address: 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018Address: 5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023 Website: www.nypl.orgWebsite: www.ymcanyc.org ROOM TO GROWHARLEM CHILDREN’S ZONE (HCZ) Room to Grow is a non-profit organization dedicated toHCZ is a community-based organization serving over 17,000 enriching the lives of babies born into poverty through theirchildren living in a 100 city-block area in Harlem, NY. HCZ critical first three years of development.programs offer education, social services, and community- Minimum Age for Volunteers: 13building programs to children from birth all the way through Volunteer Coordinator(s): Christine Bryantcollege. Phone: (212) 620-7800Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Email: christine@roomtogrow.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Human Resources Address: 54 West 21st Street, Room 401, New York, NY 10010Phone: (212) 234-6200 Website: www.roomtogrow.orgEmail: hr@hcz.orgAddress: 35 East 125th Street, New York, NY 10035 SID JACOBSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERWebsite: www.hcz.org Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center is dedicated to serving community wellness in every aspect, regardless of age orLENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE ability. As an agency, we promote physical health through ourLenox Hill Neighborhood House is the oldest and largest cutting edge health and wellness center, while also providingsocial services and educational organization on the Upper for emotional and spiritual health through a variety of divorce,East Side of Manhattan. We are a vibrant community bereavement, and cancer support groups, as well as Jewishorganization that serves 20,000 people in need each year. programming with our own staff rabbi.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Volunteer Coordinator(s): Anthony Snowden Volunteer Coordinator(s): Becca FirestonePhone: (212) 744-5022 x1238 Phone: (516) 484-1545Email: asnowden@lenoxhill.org Email: bfirestone@sjjcc.orgAddress: 331 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021 Address: 300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY 11548Website: www.lenoxhill.org/content/volunteer/index.html Website: www.sjjcc.orgMATERIALS FOR THE ARTS ST. LUKE’S — THE CHURCH OF ST. LUKEFounded in 1978, Materials for the Arts, NYC Department IN THE FIELDSof Cultural Affairs, provides thousands of NYC’s arts and St. Luke’s is a progressive Anglo-Catholic parish with a strongcultural organizations, public schools, and community arts history of service and outreach programs for the poor andprograms with the supplies they need to run and expand marginalized.their programs. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Whitney FaisonVolunteer Coordinator(s): Harriet Taub Phone: (212) 924-0562Phone: (718) 729-3001 Email: volunteers@stlukeinthefields.orgEmail: htaub@mfta.nyc.gov Address: 487 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014Address: 33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Website: www.stlukeinthefields.orgLong Island City, NY 11101Website: www.mfta.org/volunteer.html THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK | 15
  20. 20. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSSUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES UNITED WAYWe strengthen our community by providing a continuum of For more than 70 years, United Way of New York City hasvital services and activities that enrich the lives of individuals been working for low-income New Yorkers. We envision a cityof all ages. Our vision is to be a pioneer in the provision of in which all New Yorkers are able to achieve income stability,integrated services that address the complex and changing educational success, and good health.needs of the community. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Minimum Age for Volunteers: 17 Volunteer Coordinator(s): John CoghlanVolunteer Coordinator(s): Rita Manton Phone: (212) 251-2500Phone: (718) 784-6173 x401 Email: jcoghlan@uwnyc.orgEmail: rmanton@scsny.org Address: 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016Address: 43-41 39th Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104 Website: www.unitedwaynyc.org/pages/take-actionWebsite: www.scsny.orgTRANSFORM AMERICA (NEW YORK)The mission of Transform America is to advance human Cultural Organizationsrights by building synergy between student, non-profit, for-profit, and community organizations. AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY The American Museum of Natural History’s mission is toMinimum Age for Volunteers: 13 discover, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about humanVolunteer Coordinator(s): Chester Asher cultures, the natural world, and the universe.Phone: (646) 918-4616 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Email: asher@transformamerica.org Volunteer Coordinator(s): Nicole WinnsAddress: P.O. Box 319, New York, NY 10037 Phone: (212) 313-7565Website: www.transformamerica.org Email: nwinns@amnh.org Address: Central Park West at 79th Street,TUESDAY’S CHILDREN New York, NY 10024Tuesday’s Children is a non-profit family service organization Website: www.amnh.org/join/getinvolved/volunteeringthat has made a long-term commitment to every individualimpacted by the events of September 11, 2001, and morerecently those who have been impacted by terroristincidents worldwide.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Volunteer Coordinator(s): Molly LiebermanPhone: (516) 562-9000Email: molly@tuesdayschildren.orgAddress: 390 Plandome Road, Suite 217,Manhassat, NY 11030Website: www.tuesdayschildren.org/helpUNION SETTLEMENT ASSOCIATIONUnion Settlement Association works with and for thepredominantly immigrant community of East Harlem. Weprovide effective programs in education, childcare, youthdevelopment, senior services, job training, the arts,nutrition, counseling, and community development.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16Volunteer Coordinator(s): Ari BriskiPhone: (646) 672-5082Email: abriski@unionsett.orgAddress: 237 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029Website: www.unionsettlement.org/volunteer
  21. 21. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSEL MUSEO DEL BARRIO NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETYEl Museo del Barrio welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to The New York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-discover the artistic and cultural landscape of the Caribbean eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fosteringand Latin America. research and presenting history, art exhibitions, and publicMinimum Age for Volunteers: 14 programs that reveal the dynamism of history and itsVolunteer Coordinator(s): Mairelys Alberto influence on the world of today.Phone: (212) 831-7185 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Email: malberto@elmuseo.org Volunteer Coordinator(s): Volunteer or InternshipAddress: 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 CoordinatorWebsite: www.elmuseo.org/en/content/about-us/ Phone: (212) 873-3400volunteering Email: High School Internship Program: hs.internship@ nyhistory.org; Volunteers: volunteer@nyhistory.orgLOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM Address: 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024The mission of the Louis Armstrong House Museum is to Website: www.nyhistory.orgoperate the Louis Armstrong House, serve as a referencesource for information about Louis Armstrong, and to NY ARTISTS UNLIMITED, INC.present public programs, such as concerts and lectures, Founded in 1982, NY Artists Unlimited is dedicated to takingthat preserve and promote the cultural legacy of professional theatre to under-served audiences.Louis Armstrong. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Minimum Age for Volunteers: 17 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Melba LaRoseVolunteer Coordinator(s): Volunteer Coordinator Phone: (212) 242-6036Phone: (718) 478-8274 Email: melba@nyartists.orgEmail: info@louisarmstronghouse.org Address: 212 West 14 Street, Suite 2A, New York, NY 10011Address: 34-56 107th Street, Corona, NY 11367 Website: www.nyartists.orgWebsite: www.louisarmstronghouse.org/support/volunteer.htm SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM South Street Seaport Museum seeks to ensure that everyoneMOUNT VERNON HOTEL MUSEUM has an awareness of the important role the South StreetConstructed in 1799 as a carriage house and converted into a Seaport area has played, and has access to the ships andhotel in 1826, the Museum transports the visitor back to the buildings that helped create New York City.Mount Vernon Hotel, a country escape for New Yorkers living Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 with parental writtenin the crowded city at the southern tip of Manhattan. consent, or 15 with an adultMinimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Beth ChildsVolunteer Coordinator(s): Dana Settles Phone: (212) 748-8766Phone: (212) 838-6878 Email: volunteercoordinator@seany.orgEmail: d.settles@mvhm.org Address: 12 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038Address: 421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065 Website: www.seany.orgWebsite: www.mvhm.org Health & Well-Being THE ACTIVE CITIZENS PROJECT (ACP) The mission of ACP is to support new modes of public thought and social action that increase opportunities and mutual well-being for everyday people.Teen building an outdoor, green-certified Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16classroom in Gulfport, Mississippi with Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jonathon WilsonVISIONS SERVICE ADVENTURES. Seelisting on page 34. Phone: (212) 612-1528 / (917) 974-7474 Email: jonw@activecitizenproject.com Address: 55 Exchange Place, Suite 404, New York, NY 10005 Website: www.thepeoplesplatform.com
  22. 22. STUDENT PROFILEIn Her Own Words AMERICAN RED CROSS — GREATER NEW YORK REGION The Chapter’s Youth Program is represented by Red Cross ESTHER ZYSKIND Clubs organized at high schools throughout Greater New Junior at Great York. The program provides young people between the ages Neck North of 14 and 18 with meaningful opportunities to serve their High School communities and to develop valuable leadership skills. Great Neck, NY Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Amanda Crabbe Phone: (212) 875-2180 Email: crabbea@nyredcross.orgTell me about the non-profit organization you work with Address: 520 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019and its mission? Website: www.nyredcross.org/?nd=youth_servicesI work at Project HEAL as a Teen Activist. Project HEAL raisesmoney for anyone who has an eating disorder and can’t afford BELLEVUE HOSPITAL CENTERtreatment. It also educates girls, guys, men, and women to Bellevue Hospital is America’s oldest public hospital and hasbe confident and happy with their self-image, embrace their accommodations for more than 800 people.imperfections, and recognize their individuality. Project Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 during school year, 16HEAL reminds people that recovery is possible. during the summer Volunteer Coordinator(s): Ilse-Marie MohamedWhat did you specifically do at Project Heal? Phone: (212) 562-4858 Email: ilse-marie.mohamed@bellevue.nychhc.orgI helped organize their annual fundraising benefit luncheon, Address: 462 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016which raised more than $30,000. I did everything from secur- Website: www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/volunteer/ing prizes, to helping create Project HEAL merchandise for volunteering.shtmlsale, to stuffing invitations, to event planning and logistics.I also attend school speaking engagements and outreach BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTERevents, like the TeenLIfe LIVE! Community Service Fair & Beth Israel Medical Center is a state-of-the-art treatmentExpo to spread awareness for Project HEAL. Plus, we are facility and Harvard teaching hospital.always looking for new chapters, so I answer any questions Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15about the process. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Terry Williams Phone: (212) 420-2974What was the most memorable part of your experience? Email: twilliams@chpnet.orgThe Founders and I took a trip to the Princeton Medical Address: 1st Avenue and 16th Street, New York, NY 10003Center in Hershey, PA to observe a treatment center in Website: www.bethisraelvolunteers.orgaction. We were able to meet the patients in person, as wellas sit in on actual group recovery sessions. It was humbling CHEMO COMFORT, INC.to hear their stories and made me internalize that being Chemo Comfort’s mission is to make life easier and more comfortable for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.who you are is important. We provide resources that empowers cancer patients to takeHow did it shape your goals in school and life moving positive, comforting measures for themselves at a time when so much feels out of their control.forward? Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14Working on a major event has taught me how to be extremely Volunteer Coordinator(s): Tiffany Chengorganized. It also taught me how to present myself and speak Phone: (212) 675-3744to adults professionally. Overall, is has taught me that if you Email: volunteer@chemocomfort.orgwork hard at something, you can truly accomplish anything. Address: 154 Christopher Street, Suite C3,Even my teachers have recognized my renewed enthusiasm in New York, NY 10014school! Website: www.chemocomfort.org/volunteer_12.htmlBeyond high school, I plan to study psychology. I want tolearn more about people, their motivations, and why we alldo what we do.
  23. 23. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSCONEY ISLAND HOSPITAL MIRACLE HOUSEThe mission of Coney Island Hospital is to serve the Miracle House provides temporary affordable housing andcommunities of southern Brooklyn by providing high-quality, support services for patients and caregivers traveling tosafe, and cost effective health care services in a courteous, New York City for critical medical treatment.compassionate, and respectful way regardless of ability to pay. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 12Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Marisa MaackVolunteer Coordinator(s): Dolores Bowman-Nesmith Phone: (212) 989-7790 x14Phone: (718) 616-3161 Email: mmaack@miraclehouse.orgEmail: dolores.bowman-nesmith@nychhc.org Address: 80 8th Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10011Address: 2601 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11235 Website: www.miraclehouse.org/volunteer/Website: www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/volunteer/ volunteerbecome.html-24volunteering.shtml MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTERDIFFA The Mount Sinai Medical Center is an internationally knownDesign Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the treatment and teaching hospital.country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Volunteer Coordinator(s): Volunteer CoordinatorMinimum Age for Volunteers: 17 Phone: (212) 241-0478Volunteer Coordinator(s): Peggy Bellar Email: Inquiries by phone onlyPhone: (212) 727-3100 Address: One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1274,Email: pbellar@diffa.org New York, NY 10029Address: 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 910, Website: www.mountsinai.orgNew York, NY 10016Website: www.diffa.org NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER Our mission is to serve our community and provide theELMHURST HOSPITAL CENTER highest quality in blood and stem cell products, donor andElmhurst Hospital Center, a community hospital located patient medical services, and innovative research.in the heart of Queens, has a long history of delivering Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16first-rate, comprehensive, and compassionate healthcare Volunteer Coordinator(s): Natalie Barnofskyservices. Ensuring access to high-quality, affordable health Phone: (516) 478-5006care is our top priority. Email: nbarnofsky@nybloodcenter.orgMinimum Age for Volunteers: 16 during school year, 14 Address: 1200 Prospect Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590during summer Website: www.nybloodcenter.orgVolunteer Coordinator(s): Jayne MaerkerPhone: (718) 334-4000; (718) 334-5175 NEW YORK OPEN CENTEREmail: maerkerj@nychhc.org The New York Open Center offers all aspects of holisticAddress: 79-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373 learning in one urban location. In this way, one does not haveWebsite:www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/ehc/html/help/volunteer.shtml to “retreat” from one’s life to get the benefits of a mind, body, and spiritual education.LENOX HILL HOSPITAL Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16The mission of Lenox Hill Hospital is to deliver outstanding Volunteer Coordinator(s): Angela Robertshealthcare with compassion and respect, to promote Phone: (212) 219-2527 x117wellness in our communities, and to advance the field of Email: volunteers@opencenter.orgmedicine through education and research. Address: 22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Website: www.opencenter.org/about/volunteeringVolunteer Coordinator(s): Carol BravemanPhone: (212) 434-2600Email: Inquiries by phone onlyAddress: 100 East 77th Street, New York, NY 10075Website: www.lenoxhillhospital.org/how.aspx?id=86 THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW YORK | 19
  24. 24. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONSNEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN MORGAN STANLEY SEA VIEW HOSPITAL REHABILITATIONCHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CENTER AND HOMEWith five locations, New York-Presbyterian provides state-of- Sea View Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and Home is athe-art in-patient, ambulatory, and preventative care in all 304-bed, long-term care facility located in Staten Island’s lushareas of medicine. Greenbelt.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15Volunteer Coordinator(s): Peter Rivera Volunteer Coordinator(s): George TaylorPhone: (212) 305-2542 Phone: (718) 317-3293Email: per9015@nyp.org Email: taylorge@nychhc.orgAddress: 622 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032 Address: 460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314Website: www.nyp.org/volunteer/morganstanley.html Website: www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/seaview/PROJECT SUNSHINE SUMMER STREETSProject Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and isfree educational, recreational, and social programs to a part of New York City’s greening initiative that encourageschildren and families living with medical challenges. New Yorkers to use sustainable forms of transportation.Minimum Age for Volunteers: 12 Minimum Age for Volunteers: 12Volunteer Coordinator(s): Tara Pokras Volunteer Coordinator(s): Emily BylsmaPhone: (212) 354-8035 Phone: (212) 488-6512Email: tara@projectsunshine.org Email: summerstreets@leaddogmarketing.comAddress: 108 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018 Address: 159 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001Website: www.projectsunshine.org Website: www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets TALKONDIABETES FOUNDATION Our mission is to spread awareness about diabetes and to help improve the lives of those afflicted and influenced, one life at a time. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Ashley Pettaway Phone: (347) 552-4168 Email: a.pettaway@talkondiabetes.org Address: 244 Fifth Avenue Suite P 247, New York, NY 10001 Website: www.talkondiabetes.org/volunteer_section.html VILLAGECARE OF NY: URBAN VILLAGE SENIOR PROGRAMS VillageCare is a community-based, not-for-profit organization serving persons living with HIV/AIDS, seniors, and individuals in need of continuing care and rehabilitation services. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Karen Charles Phone: (212) 539-6366 Email: karenc@villagecare.org Address: 154 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 Website: www.vcny.org/volunteer Teens traveling with AMERICAN LEADERSHIP enjoy service work abroad. Pictured here on an "excursion day" in Spain. See listing on page 36.
  25. 25. SU MM ERBOSTON Talking to Your Teen ge About Colle e Choosing th PUB LIS HED BY can right school for be stressful ens parents & te INTRODUCING LIFE WITH TEENS A NEW QUARTERLY MAGAZINE BY TEENLIFE MEDIA! From the impact of social media to dealing with bullying, our latest publication is packed with advice on the challenges and joys of parenting teens. Youll also find a valuable directory of local, national, and international programs for families with teens. RESERVE YOUR FREE COPY www.teenlife.com/magazine
  26. 26. CHANGE YOUR LIFEBY CHANGING THE WORLD Homelessness & Hunger Month-long summer travel experience for teens in grades 10-12 in Israel and the US Leadership • Jewish Experience and Values CONCOURSE HOUSE Community Service • Lasting Friendships Concourse House works to eliminate homelessness by FIND OUT MORE! Visit 92Y.org/Havaya providing families with safe, stable, transitional housing. We JUL 6-AUG 5, 2012 work with families to break the cycle of poverty by providing a Earn 40+ community service hours! 92nd Street Y is an agency of UJA-Federation variety of social services and interactive programs that promote growth and independence. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Homesh Permashwar Phone: (718) 584-4400 TM Email: hpermashwar@concoursehouse.org ASA | Academic Study Associates Address: 2751 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468 Website: www.concoursehouse.org HABITAT FOR HUMANITY We transform lives and our city by building quality homes for families in need, and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 16 Volunteer Coordinator(s): Monthina Williams The College Experience | Study Abroad Programs Phone: (212) 991-4000 x310 www.summerfuel.com Email: mwilliams@habitatnyc.org Address: 111 John Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038 Website: www.habitatnyc.org/volunteer.htmlwww. HOLY APOSTLES SOUP KITCHENteenlife Our mission is to feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, seek justice for the homeless, and provide a sense of hope and opportunity to those in need. Minimum Age for Volunteers: 14 .com Volunteer Coordinator(s): Jessica Woodward Phone: (646) 998-6118 / (646) 998-6119 Email: jwoodward@holyapostlesnyc.org Address: 296 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 Website: www.holyapostlessoupkitchen.org/how-can-i-help/ what-you-can-do.html HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS The mission of Homes for the Homeless is to provide homeless families with the opportunities and support necessary to move out of a shelter and live independently. Homes for the Homeless has adopted a family-based, child-centered, French Language, Culture education-focused approach to all its programs and services. and Art Immersion in the Minimum Age for Volunteers: 15 South of France, Provence Volunteer Coordinator(s): Margaret Menghini Phone: (212) 529-5252 June 30 - July 28 Email: mmenghini@hfhnyc.org Address: 50 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003 www.baratfoundation.org Website: www.hfhnyc.org 973.534.5314 765 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102