TFFJ Raises Over $10K + Bonus Prize in June Fundraiser


Teens for Food Justice recently earned a permanent spot on Global Giving during the June 2014 Global Open Challenge by raising $10,600 from 45 donors, plus a $500 prize for winning a Bonus Day Challenge with most funds raised in a day!

Thank you to our supporters for their ongoing investment in building a healthy, sustainable and just future through the Teens for Food Justice initiative!

This funding will enable us to double the food production capacity of the New Beginnings classroom farm with newly designed systems our volunteer team will build this October.

Check back with us on #GivingTuesday as we work together toward our $35K funding goal for Teens for Food Justice Year Two programming, and sign up to track our impact and teen volunteers’ ongoing work to deepen community participation in their food justice outreach in Bed-Stuy.



Students for Service is a Winner of YANA’s Social Enterprise Showdown

We’re thrilled to announce that Yale Alumni NonProfit Alliance (YANA) selected Students for Service as one of two winners of the Social Enterprise Showdown on April 5, 2014. As winners, we will receive support from the YANA community to attract funding and strategic support we need to expand our Teens for Food Justice initiative within Bed-Stuy and beyond.

We owe a big thank you to the fantastic work and hunger-fighting vision of the Teens for Food Justice volunteer team and could not be happier that the Yale alumni community is as inspired as we are by the potential for widespread change that lies in teen civic engagement.


Happy New Year from Students for Service!

Click below to see our “Thank You” video, click here to view this holiday email.

Students for Service Featured in the New York Daily News, October 2013

By Holly Reich •

New York City high school students must fulfill a certain number of community service hours before graduation. The required number of hours varies from school to school, but the community service requirement is non-negotiable.

Seems like it would be easy to find volunteer work right? Actually, it’s not.

“When my kids were in high school, there were limited opportunities to access community service,” says Kathy Soll, founder of Students for Service, a nonprofit that brings teens across the city together to work on community projects. For Soll it was important to offer students a more engaging experience.

“I realized that what was missing was the opportunity for kids to have an ongoing project, one where they could meet students from different neighborhoods and form friendships over time,” she adds. “Service provides and incredibly unique vehicle for bringing kids from the five boroughs together on a level playing field.” View (PDF)

Students for Service Raises Over $70K and Wins $15K More in Crowdrise’s “Rise to Thrive” Challenge

This call to action rallied friends and fans of Students for Service who donated over $70,000 in the 2013 Crowdrise Charity Challenge:

Give now! Help Students for Service win the $25K #RiseToThrive Challenge! Help us build classroom greenhouses, grow produce in public schools, teach hands-on environmental science through urban farming and boost nutrition and healthy living in underserved communities. 

Result? We won $15,000 more in the competition and Teens for Food Justice  is up and running. Check out our Crowdrise page and donate to help Students for Service expand to more schools and serve more NYC communities. Click here to give via PayPal.


Students for Service Director Featured in Foundation Directory Online’s “Faces of FDO”

Check out this brief video interview with Katherine Soll, our Founder and CEO, as featured in the Faces of FDO (Foundation Center Online) where she discusses the mission, programs and successes of Students for Service, and her passion for youth engagement.


Students for Service Director Featured in generationOn
April Moments of Service Webinar

Students for Service Founder and CEO, Katherine Soll, was a featured speaker in the generationOn April Moments of Service webinar on April 4th. The presentation focused on effective strategies for engaging teen groups in service and maximizing the long-term impact and benefits of the service experience.


Students for Service Named Resource of the Month by NYC Education Department Service in Schools Program

Students for Service was named Resource of the Month by Service in Schools, a joint partnership between the NYC Department of Education and NYC Service. Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning experiences that enable them to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking to affect positive change in their communities and the world. The aim is to offer a range of resources for schools to empower students, as well as recognize and help schools sustain outstanding service and service-learning programs.

Empowering Teens Feeding Communities Building a Healthy Sustainable Future