Over 15,000 students, staff, and faculty are involved in University-sponsored service activities throughout New York City each year. But we don't stop there—NYU also provides opportunities to serve all over the world at each of the study away sites and through other international service programs. Tutoring, visiting with senior citizens, painting public schools, building homes, and teaching HIV/AIDS awareness are just a few of the hundreds of programs available.
Two programs especially close-to-home focus on placing NYU students where they can help children and teachers in resource-poor schools to close the achievement gap.
Now in its 17th year, the NYU America Reads/America Counts program has provided more than 1.75 million hours of literacy assistance to more than 18,750 children—making a profound contribution to education in New York City. NYU’s Jumpstart program, which involves tutoring pre-schooolers, has worked to improve the lives of an estimated 50,000 children since its inception in 1993.
Read personal accounts below from volunteers, which shed light on how life-changing these efforts prove to be for the children and the NYU tutors alike, and take a look at some images that help tell the story.