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Project OutReach

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!

OutReachers gather for daily Reflections

Participants and Peer Mentors gather for daily reflection sessions

Project OutReach 2014

Building community through service

OutReachers working with a local service site

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.

2016 Application

The 2016 Project OutReach Application will be available as of May 1, 2016.  The deadline to apply is Monday, June 13, at 11:45PM.

Key Dates  

Project OutReach 2016 will run from Tuesday, August 23 through Saturday, August 27The application deadline is June 13, 2016 at 11:45 PM EST. Applicants will be notified of selection to the program by Friday, July 1. Participants must arrive on campus, move in to their residence halls, and be ready to begin Project OutReach activities by Tuesday, August 23rd at 2:00 PM.

Students who will be living on campus for the 2016-2017 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.    

Program Offerings and Schedule

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 Saturday, 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.

Participation Fee

Project OutReach requires a non-refundable fee of $100, paid to NYU in full by Monday, July 11th. This fee supports 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, which is due alongside your program application.  


OutReach 2014 Logo

If you have any questions about the Project OutReach program, please feel free to call the Center for Student Activities, Leadership, and Service at 212-998-4700, or reach out via e-mail

OutReach 2014 Group Photo

Check out a two minute video snapshot of Project OutReach 2015, captured by participant Shane Ham '19.

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