New Voices National Junior Honor Society

Criteria

We are delighted to offer our leadership development program to students at New Voices. To be nominated in the National Junior Honor Society, students must meet the academic requirements.  Acceptance is then based upon the successful fulfillment of the community service requirement and the essay.  Students must perform at least 12 hours of voluntary services with a community service organization (not for profit) with no monetary compensation and/or participate in an approved school activity.  This may include volunteer work at the following community organizations or participation in the following school activities:

Examples of Community Organizations                                             

  • nursing homes

  • animal shelters

  • soup kitchens

  • hospital

  • religious organizations

  • volunteer work in local elementary schools

  • meals on wheels

  • Boy/Girl Scout

    See a detailed list of community organizations BELOW.

Examples of School Activities

  • NV tech team

  • school musical

  • auditions/interviews

  • assisting NV teachers (before/after school or lunch)

  • Green Team

  • helping with food/clothing drives

  • yearbook staff

 

Academic Requirement to be nominated

  • 1st Quarter – Silver or Gold Honor Roll

  • 2nd Quarter – Gold Honor Roll

  • 3rd Quarter – Gold Honor Roll

Gold Honor Roll Criteria

  • Over 90% Average**

  • All grades 90 or above

  • Algebra Living Environment Regents courses 87 or above

  • Satisfactory conduct

  • Late less than seven times

Community Service requirement

  • Minimum of 2 hours per month: November through April.

  • Essay

  • Completion of essay to be read by a committee of staff and parents.

Download the New Voices National Honor Society Service Log HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Babysitting does NOT fulfill the community service requirement. 

If you have any questions, please contact NEW VOICES ADMINISTRATION through PupilPath.

Download the New Voices National Honor Society Service Log HERE.

Detailed List of Community Organizations

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Sarah Ward, sward@bbpc.net
718-802-0603, info@bbpc.net

  • Mission: To ensure the creation, adequate funding, proper maintenance, public support and citizen enjoyment of Brooklyn Bridge Park through partnership with the public sector, development of programming and active promotion of the needs of the park and its constituency.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Gardening, assisting with movie series

  • Minimum age: All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Time commitment: As available

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

Brooklyn Community Services
285 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Kristina Reitamm, outreach and engagement manager
718-310-5614, kreitamm@wearebcs.org

  • Mission: The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service strives to empower its clients to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency and more rewarding participation in the community through programs that nurture and strengthen families, protect children, and enable individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Tutoring children in an after school setting, assisting at a child care center, adult literacy tutoring, adult computer tutoring, engaging children at a family center, helping in a recreation program for developmentally disabled adults, urban gardening, clerical, data entry, marketing research, fundraising, junior board, board level subcommittees on programming, volunteerism, marketing, fundraising, and board positions.

  • Minimum age: Varies

  • Time commitment: Varies from single day to 3 months

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Depends upon age of children

  • High school community service: Yes

 

Brooklyn Youth Association
346 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Contact: Frederick Fulford
917-658-6773, fredstaire@aol.com

  • Mission: To provide a positive and safe environment where youth can enhance their self-esteem and sportsmanship skills.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Sports events managers, coaches, assistant coaches (softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football).

  • Minimum age: 13

  • Time commitment: 1.5 to 3 hours/per sport

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: No

Friends of Carroll Park
President Street and Smith Street
friendsofcarrollpark@yahoo.com

  • Mission: This non profit organization is dedicated to improving the park for everyone. Founded in 1975, Friends of Carroll Park is an all-volunteer group that makes our park and neighborhood a better place.

  • Volunteer opportunities: Including but not limited to help with: gardening, fundraising, special events, promotions, kids concerts, web design, and social media. You can also stop by the garden and see what’s happening!

  • Volunteer minimum age: N/A anyone is welcome

  • Time commitment: As little or as much as desired

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes, but must be part of supervised group

 

Fixer’s Collective
Currently in a temporary location due to Hurricane Sandy. Please email for more information.
info@fixerscollective.org

  • Mission: To repair the world by fostering a culture of repair, and by teaching repair skills.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Web, documentation, building/repairing ability, publicity.

  • Minimum age: 13

  • Volunteer time commitment: 3 hours per week

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

 

Flatbush Reformed Church Soup Kitchen
890 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
Contact: Reverend Cheri Kroon
revkroon@flatbushchurch.org

  • Mission: We are called to care for one another, we are called to make sure that our neighbor does not go hungry. So in response to the need in Flatbush, we serve two free, hot lunches every week; one on Wednesday and another on Saturday. Both meals are served in our Church House which is located behind the sanctuary and adjacent to the cemetery.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: No specific knowledge or experience working in a kitchen is required, just a willingness to work with others in putting together a good meal. Come in between 9 and 10am on a Wednesday or Saturday and join us. See what the experience is like here.

  • Minimum age: Teens, younger kids welcome with adult supervision

  • Time commitment: Drop in on any Wednesday or Saturday

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • Groups from schools, organizations of all kinds and faith communities are welcome as well!

  • High school community service: No

 

Little Essentials
24 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
347-689-2327, info@littleessentials.org

  • Mission: This is a community-based organization, founded by Park Slope resident Sandie Trombert, that helps keep families together by providing free baby and toddler (to age 4) clothing, gear, toys, and other essential items to Brooklyn families living in poverty. Little Essentials helps keep children safe (in cribs, cars seats, and clothing); lifts the spirits and provides hope to their parents; takes care of our environment by reusing items that are only briefly used.

  • Minimum age: 12 with parent supervision

  • Time commitment: A few hours per month

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

 

Old Stone House of Brooklyn
Washington Park – BJ Byrne Playground, PO Box 150613, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Kim Maier
718-768-3195, info@theoldstonehouse.org

  • Mission: To celebrate the rich history of the Old Stone House and its role in the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776, and the ensuing history of America, as well as being a strong cultural resource

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Park care, garden and tree pit maintenance, summer event volunteers, gallery docents.

  • Minimum age: 15; younger with adult accompaniment

  • Time commitment: Flexible

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service placement: Yes

 

Park Slope Civic Council
357 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Linda Givat-Mullin
718-832-8227, mail@parkslopeciviccouncil.org

  • Mission: To advocate on behalf of the Park Slope neighborhood.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Community outreach and organizing, computer skills.

  • Minimum age: None

  • Time commitment: Discretionary

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

 

Partnership for Parks
95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Wylie Goodman (Community Bd. Districts 6,7,10, 12 & 14)
718-965-8902, wylie.goodman@parks.nyc.gov

  • Mission: PFP is an innovative joint program of City Parks Foundation and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. PFP strengthens park groups, celebrates volunteers, accesses resources, connects people and government.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Park stewardship, advocacy, and programming.

  • Minimum age: Grade-school

  • Time commitment: Decided by volunteer

  • Volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

 

Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue, Windsor Terrace
prospectfarmbk@gmail.com

  • Mission: Prospect Farm is a community group in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn that is working together to grow food in a formerly vacant lot, with the mission of creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm that can serve our community. We are slowly creating healthy soil through our community composting project and farm without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Membership is open to all who want to improve and farm the land and sustain ties with local residents, businesses and organizations. We support the Brooklyn Food Coalition and other initiatives for food sovereignty and food justice.

  • Volunteer opportunities: Anyone can volunteer an hour, day or more to Prospect Farm with no commitment. Activities include planting, weeding, watering, composting, harvesting as well as assistance with social media, and working with members of the community.

  • Minimum age: Any age welcome

  • Time commitment: Up to you!

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

 

Prospect Park Volunteer Corps
95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Jessica Jamhoury
718-287-3400

  • Mission: In partnership with City of New York and the community, the Prospect Park Alliance restores, develops, and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design, and serving the public through facilities and programs.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Outdoor gardeners, maintenance help – no experience necessary; administrative and creative skills

  • Minimum age: 14 or with supervision

  • Time commitment: No minimum

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

 

Spoke the Hub Dancing
748 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Marlena Oden
718-408-3234, spoke@spokethehub.org

  • Mission: A non-profit community arts organization that brings quality art programming to the community.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Anything & everything involved in setting up and taking down festival. We also need lots of help with flyers and spreading the word.

  • Minimum age: 15, unless accompanied by an adult family member

  • Time commitment: Possibly help in the summer

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: No

 

Wild for Prospect Park
Contact: David Karopkin 
info@wildforprospectpark.com

  • Mission: WILD members focus on educating the visitors to Prospect Park’s Lakeside about ways they can help the wildlife: to clean up their trash when they leave, to be aware of the park’s fishing and barbecuing rules, and not to feed the waterfowl human food (because it can be harmful to their health). We also look for trash items that could be particularly dangerous to the park’s wildlife, such as plastic litter, carelessly discarded barbed fish hooks and fishing line (which can maim and get wrapped around the birds), etc.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Be a visible presence within the park, educating visitors about the wildlife and scanning and clearing the lakeside area of trash, particularly illegal barbed hooks, fishing line and other discarded items that can be a threat to our wildlife- By doing so we are also helping to protect visitors to the park, especially children and our beloved canine friends.

  • Minimum age: all ages, children with adult supervision

  • Time commitment: WILD hosts a monthly cleanup/outreach event- on a Saturday or Sunday for 2-3 hours.

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Check with your school but we think it is a worthwhile service to the community!

 

Youth Service Opportunities Project
15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003
Contact: Lisa Gerson, National Program Director
212-598-0973, ext. 100, ysopnyc@ysop.org

  • Mission: YSOP offers opportunities for groups of students with adults to participate in service learning programs working directly with homeless and hungry people. YSOP does not just place volunteers in community service. We offer a comprehensive program with orientation, service, reflection and meals.

  • Volunteer needs and skills: Willingness to serve and interest in homelessness and hunger.

  • Minimum age: 12 with adult

  • Time commitment: Varies

  • Family volunteer opportunities: Yes

  • High school community service: Yes

 

New Voices School of Academic and Creative Arts

330 18th Street 

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tel:   718-965-0390  

Fax:  718-965-0603

info@newvoicesbrooklyn.org

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