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Project OutReach

Dedicated to service-minded first-year and transfer students, Project OutReach is a five-day emerging leadership program and orientation to service at New York University. Project OutReach helps new undergraduate students explore the Social Change Model of Leadership Development while connecting with New York City's diverse service scene. Alumni who are also current undergraduate upperclassmen at NYU, share their extensive leadership experience as small group facilitators for this program. Project OutReach is held immediately prior to Welcome Week and consists of workshops, fun activities and a variety of service projects. Previous include delivering hot meals in the West Village, hosting a carnival for the families of children with serious medical conditions, and cleaning and painting a city park.

Project OutReach will assist new NYU students in their transition into college and help them develop new, lasting friendships based on similar service interests. Project OutReach prepares new students for immediate involvement in community and university leadership. Through Project OutReach, participants will discover the great individual and collective impact they can have on their new community, make new friends, develop leadership skills, and explore their exciting new environment.

Please contact us at project.outreach@nyu.edu or call 212-998-4700 if you have any questions about about Project OutReach.


The application for Project OutReach 2013 is now available!

Click here to apply.

  • The application deadline for Project OutReach 2013 is July 1, 2013.
  • Notifications will be sent on July 15, 2013.

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Sample Schedule

Day 1 - Tuesday

  • 9:00am: Check into assigned NYU housing and move in!
  • 1:00pm: Gather at Kimmel Center for University Life for Project OutReach Welcome
  • 1:30pm: Overview and orientation to Project OutReach
  • 3:30pm: Group Training
  • 6:30pm: Dinner
  • 8:00pm: Evening Activity
  • 11:00pm: Gather for Evening Check-in and Announcements
  • 11:15pm: Return to the residence halls and sleep

Day 2 - Wednesday

  • 7:00am: Meet Leaders in residence hall lobbies and walk over to the Kimmel Center
  • 7:30am: Gather for breakfast
  • 8:00am: Leadership Training
  • 9:00am: Depart for service project
  • 4:00pm: Return to campus/free time in residence halls
  • 5:30pm: Dinner, reflection, discussion
  • 8:00pm: Evening Activity
  • 11:00pm: Gather for Evening Check-in and Announcements
  • 11:15pm: Return to the residence halls and sleep

Day 3 - Thursday

  • 7:00am: Meet Leaders in residence hall lobbies and walk over to the Kimmel Center
  • 7:30am: Gather for breakfast
  • 8:00am: Depart for service project
  • 4:00pm: Return to campus/free time in residence halls
  • 5:30pm: Dinner, reflection, discussion
  • 8:00pm: Evening Activity
  • 11:00pm: Gather for Evening Check-in and Announcements
  • 11:15pm: Return to the residence halls and sleep

Day 4 - Friday

  • 7:00am: Meet Leaders in residence hall lobbies and walk over to the Kimmel Center
  • 7:30am: Gather for breakfast
  • 8:00am: Leadership Training Conference
  • 4:00pm: Return to campus/free time in residence halls
  • 5:30pm: Dinner, reflection, discussion
  • 8:00pm: Group Outing
  • 11:00pm: Gather at the Kimmel Center for Evening Check-in and Announcements!
  • 11:15pm: Return to the residence halls and sleep!

Day 5 - Saturday

  • 7:00am: Meet Leaders in residence hall lobbies and walk over to the Kimmel Center
  • 7:30am: Gather for breakfast
  • 8:00am: Depart for Service Project
  • 4:00pm: Return to campus/free time in residence halls
  • 6:00pm: All Project OutReach Dinner/Reflection/Celebration!
  • 11:15pm: Return to the residence halls and sleep!

Day 6 - Sunday

  • 9:00am: Outreach is over and Welcome Week Begins!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does Project OutReach take place?

Project OutReach takes place Tuesday, August 20 through Saturday, August 24.

  • How many applicants are selected?

100 applicants are selected as Project OutReach participants.

  • Is there a cost to participate in the program?

We ask for a nominal contribution of $75 per program particpant. This fee helps offset the cost of program materials, including meals.

  • Where will I stay on campus?

As an OutReach participant, you may move into your residence hall on Tuesday, August 20. Participants should be able to move directly into their assigned residence hall. We do, however, request your flexibility as you may be assigned to a different room during the program than your academic year room assignment. We will provide more details regarding this process to accepted applicants. If you are a commuter student, you can stay free of charge with other participants or Project OutReach Leaders or Coordinators who volunteer space.


Testimonials

 

  • Project OutReach inspired me to go out of my comfort zone into the huge metropolis of New York and look it straight in the eyes. 
  • I can't imagine a better way to start off my college career than with Project OutReach. Participating in service projects in the city offered a unique view on New York. Even better was starting my time at NYU by working side-by-side with students who share a common interest in service. I had an absolute blast and felt at home in NYC and at NYU right away via Project OutReach.
  • Project OutReach was the very first thing I participated in upon my arrival to New York University, and it has been without a doubt one of the paramount experiences I have had throughout my two years thus far at NYU. 
  • We all had rewarding, awakening, and humbling experiences with our projects. 
  • In addition to the great service opportunities I had at Project OutReach, the connections developed through the program were fabulous. I still go back to the Soup Kitchen of the Holy Apostle on Fridays.
  • Project OutReach was a positive experience that set the tone for the rest of my time at NYU. 
  • Knowing that everyone there came for many of the same reasons established a close bond between students. 
  • When school began, I already had a group of friends from Project OutReach, which helped ease my transition into a new city and the college experience.
  • Project Outreach gave me a chance to become familiar with the city before the rush and the confusion of Welcome Week. I met some amazing people, many of whom I am still friends with today. I loved the fact that I was not only exploring the city, but really helping to make a difference in the lives of the people who call this place home. And if all this isn't proof enough, I'm back again this year and I can't wait to get started!

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