Give back to your community by helping those in need

We provide a positive force for change through direct service, collaborations with other community organizations and advocacy.

Members serve on committees that meet on a regular basis to volunteer with a broad range of community partners in New York City–schools, neighborhood centers, senior residences, women’s prisons, hospitals, transitional housing, to name just a few. Our community programming is organized into five areas of focus: Adult Education and Mentoring, Child Health and Welfare, Children’s Education, City Impact and Culture and the Arts.

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    • Adult Education & Mentoring Council

      Focusing on adult life skills training and support, esteem and self-advocacy, and companionship and guidance, NYJL volunteers provide clients the tools and resources to be successful. Committees help to train, counsel and advocate for adults in need across a wide array of areas from recently incarcerated women to survivors of domestic violence to the elderly to families living in transitional housing and more.

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    • Child Health & Welfare Council

      NYJL volunteers step in and help at-risk youth, such as those in the foster care or child welfare system, and low-income families gain new perspectives and develop the personal resources to overcome challenging life circumstances. Our mentoring programs center on identifying children’s individual strengths all with the aim of fostering responsibility, self-esteem, initiative, and development of life skills.

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    • Children’s Education Council

      For families who are homeless, headed by a single parent, or experiencing other difficulties, the stress of daily life can be overwhelming. NYJL volunteers have designed programs that help to alleviate some of the pressures these families face and enable them to lead fuller, healthier, and more independent lives. NYJL volunteers empower parents, guardians, and caregivers, providing them with tools that help create a more positive future for themselves and their families, and provide educational support in a variety of disciplines including math, science, art, financial literacy, reading, and writing.

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    • City Impact Council

      The City Impact Council addresses the NYJL’s community projects partnering with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for the Playground Improvement Project as well as other Manhattan-based organizations through our Community Improvement Project, Done in a Day, and Done in a Day on Demand committees.

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    • Culture & the Arts Council

      Research shows that exposure to art and music facilitates critical social and communicative development in children. To help bring arts education and appreciation to underserved New York children and teenagers, NYJL volunteers have designed interactive programs that build confidence and self-esteem through encouraging self-expression. Volunteers provide robust visual and performing arts curricula supplemented with trips to venues such as The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.

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