At the Service Learning Project (SLP), we believe children and teens have powerful solutions to the complex problems facing our country.
Our mission is to help schools and community organizations create opportunities for youth to become active citizens in their schools and communities. Through our school day and after-school programs, youth become agents of change, learning through the process that civic engagement is essential to an effective and equitable democracy.
Like so many organizations, we have had to postpone our annual Spring Benefit, which was scheduled for April 30. Though this delay is necessary, it is not without serious implications. This annual event is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts, bringing in critical dollars we need to fund our youth programs at under-served schools that otherwise would not be able to participate in SLP. We rely on these funds to pay our Faculty and cover our program costs, both immediate and during the upcoming school year.
Although our partner schools are currently closed, our work continues. To help counteract the helplessness that so many of us are feeling, our Youth Board launched the #SLPServiceChallenge, bi-weekly and concrete ideas for youth of all ages to get involved and serve others from home. We also have new resources available on our website for how to be an at-home super engaged citizen. (If you are not already, we encourage you to follow SLP on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and share these reseources with your children of all ages.)
To help support small organizations like SLP, GoFundMe launched a brief matching grant opportunity. Between now and May 6, any nonprofit that raises $1,000 total from 10 or more donations will receive a $1,000 matching grant from GoFundMe. We are so grateful for a donation of any size during this matching period, your contribution will help SLP continue to thrive as we navigate the uncertain months ahead.
For more info about SLP, please visit our website at www.servicelearningnyc.org.