OutReachers gather for daily Reflections

Participants and peer mentors gather for daily reflection sessions

OutReach Participants and Peer Mentors

Students will build a tight community through days of service

OutReachers working with a local service site

Project OutReach participants contribute to local non-profits

Apply to Project OutReach and join incoming first year and transfer students in a service based pre-orientation program prior to Welcome Week! Gain leadership skills, build community, and engage in service throughout NYC. Participants will work in groups with different local community agencies each day, learning about a variety of social issues affecting your new community and gaining resources to engage with service programs within and beyond NYU.

Participants will work with fellow incoming students and Peer Mentors to engage in service learning, social justice engagement, and ethical leadership development through reflections and community building.

Since Project OutReach is limited to 100 participants, students must apply to join.

Hear What Past OutReachers Have to Say About the Program

Watch a one-minute video of NYU student Laura Zablit talking about her experience in Project OutReach.

"Project Outreach provided me with my first experiences as a New Yorker through the specific lens of a service-minded perspective. The new skills and memories I gained as well as the wonderful friendships that were created allowed me to have the best start to my first year of college!"

Fadumo Osman CAS '18

“Project Outreach, beyond giving me better friends that I could have hoped for, has helped me think about the really tough questions within a social justice landscape. What do I owe to others, if anything? What does it mean to give back? These are the questions that deepen your understanding of the world define your first year at NYU and in New York City.” 

Bourree Huang Gallatin ‘19

“Project Outreach acted as the perfect platform to begin my life at NYU: it connected me with the best community there is, made me aware of all there was to know ahead of orientation and made me discover New York through the newly given lens of social justice.”

Louis Dalle LS ‘20

2020 Project OutReach


2020 Key Dates  

Project OutReach 2020 will run from Monday, August 24 - Friday August 28, 2020. The application deadline is Saturday, June 27, 2020, 11:45 PM EST. Applicants will be notified of selection to the program by July 1. Participants must arrive on campus, move in to their residence halls, and be ready to begin Project OutReach activities by Tuesday, August 28th at 2:00 PM.

Students who will be living on campus for the 2020-2021 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.

Here is a preview of what you'll experience, thanks to a previous Project OutReach participant:


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 $150, paid to NYU in full by Monday, July 15th. 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. Scholarship applications will become available once participants are selected.