About the Program

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” 
                                                                                                                        ― Barack Obama

Community Service should be enjoyable, meaningful, and helpful to someone else.  Our students find institutions around their communities that serve young and old.  They engage in semester-long internships that help the organization and the people it serves, and they gain key professional and life-skills in the process.  The service they perform reaches out to many sectors of our community:  the environment, education, and welfare.  Many take on leadership roles, becoming social innovators and agents of change.

Marble Hill School for International Studies
is committed to involving its students in community service.  All students are required to complete a minimum of 110 community service hours by the end of their senior year. In order to reach that goal, students are encouraged to begin as early as the ninth grade. In addition, most students have a Wednesday Community Service Block, 1-5pm, that enables them to fulfill the requirement.  The opportunity to serve those in need contributes not only to the community, but also to the growth of each individual who performs service.  Most colleges, universities, and potential employers are looking for strong community service participation.  Volunteer work is also part of United We Serve, President Obama's national service initiative asking for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most urgent national problems like poverty and economic recovery.  As well, in 2010 the New York City Department of Education initiated the Service in the Schools Program whose mission is "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 strengthen communities." This academic requirement will provide the opportunity for all students to have a positive impact in our community and to prepare for the future. 

Goals of our Community Service Program
  • Provide a hands-on learning experience for students to develop interpersonal skills
  • To have students focus on giving their efforts and time to address community needs
  • To increase students' awareness of their relationship with ever-widening circles of society
  • To have all students participate in their community and understand that service is an on-going part of life
Requirements
  • A minimum of 110 service hours by the end of senior year
  • Submit Site Request Form and Parent Permission Form to Ms. Rosario before starting volunteer service
  • Submit completed Community Service Time Sheets at the end of each month 
  • Submit a written self assessment and personal reflection of the community service experience at the end of each semester
  • An agency evaluation of the student's service at the end of the semester or service period
Code of Behavior
  • Be reliable:  show up when expected unless you have called in advance with other arrangements
  • Be on time:  this will benefit both student and agency when engaged in volunteering
  • Be flexible:  it is possible that the tasks planned may have changed; go with the flow
  • Be respectful: show courtesy and respect to the supervisor and clients being served
  • Be professional: dress and act appropriately