Are you an incoming first-year or transfer student interested in service, leadership, and social justice? Are you excited about getting involved at NYU and looking forward to making a difference in New York City? Make a commitment to serve the community around you by applying to Project OutReach!
Participants and Peer Mentors gather for daily reflection sessions
Building community through service
OutReach participants working with a local non-profit organization
Project OutReach is a week-long program prior to NYU's Welcome Week, bringing together service-minded incoming first year and transfer students, and pairing them with Peer Mentors to learn about and perform service throughout New York City, reflect on their experiences, and participate in ethical leadership development. Participants will work with different local community agencies each day, learning about a variety of social issues throughout the week.
Project OutReach is limited to 100 participants, and the selection process is highly competitive.
The 2015 Project OutReach Application will be available as of Friday May 1, 2015. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 15, at 11:45PM.
Project OutReach 2015 will run from Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28. The application deadline is June 15, 2015 at 11:45 PM EST. Applicants will be notified of selection to the program by Monday, June 29th. Participants must arrive on campus, move in to their residence halls, and be ready to begin Project OutReach activities by Monday, August 24th at 2:00 PM.
Students who will be living on campus for the 2015-2016 academic year will gain access to NYU housing prior to the start of Project OutReach. OutReach is a program that requires a full commitment from participants, with activities scheduled each day from the early morning through evening hours. Participants will be unable to hold external commitments, including jobs or external social engagements, during that week.
Participants in Project OutReach will be divided into small groups and will spend each day volunteering with a local community organization throughout New York City's five boroughs. Groups will work on a diversity of projects throughout the week: from rebuilding homes damaged during Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island, to sorting donations at The Food Bank in the Bronx, to working with a tutoring program in Brooklyn. On Friday, the entire team will work together on a large scale project.
Throughout the week there will also be a wide range of educational programs, including social justice trainings, films, guest speakers, and a mini-conference aimed at connecting participants with service initiatives at NYU and beyond.
Project OutReach requires a non-refundable fee of $100, paid to NYU in full by Friday, July 10th. This fee goes towards supporting program expenses including daily meals, a weekly unlimited MetroCard for travel during the program, service site supplies, and t-shirts. More information about how to make this payment will be provided to accepted participants.
The cost of OutReach should not prohibit anyone from applying to the program. A limited number of scholarships are available to participants each year. To apply for financial assistance, please complete a Project OutReach Scholarship form, and submit it along with your program application by June 15.