Eighty Volunteers Attend NYC Youth Leadership Summit

StudentsforService, generationON and NYC Service joined forces to launch New York City’s first-ever Youth Service Leadership Summit in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at PS 57 in East Harlem.

Eighty students participated in direct service projects, from urban gardening and composting, to SNAP benefits outreach in the East Harlem community, to delivering sandwiches to a local food pantry – all to address hunger and food insecurity in New York City. Participants heard from speakers such as Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and Diahann Billings-Burford, Chief Service Officer of the City of New York, who shared context to their service and impact on the community.

Students also participated in roundtable discussions inspired by generationOn’s “What Will You Bring to the Table?” initiative, and engaged in strategic planning and intensive leadership training to help them continue to impact hunger in NYC.

Here are some details of the Youth Summit students’ accomplishments:

  • 200 sandwiches prepared and donated to NY Common Pantry
  • 25 individuals screened for SNAP benefits by NYCCAH
  • 1,000 school breakfast and benefits assistance flyers distributed in East Harlem
  • New compost system built in local Harlem community garden
  • “Foodscapes” built and planted in an East Harlem school
  • $100 of healthy food purchased and donated to a local pantry

In total, the work of the Summit youth generated 681 meals!

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