Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Youth Volunteering

Opportunities for teens and families to volunteer in New York City.

New York Cares Youth Volunteering Teen Volunteer Projects

Our service opportunities for teens are designed to get high school students actively engaged in their communities.

Whether they’re seeking to fulfill community service requirements for graduation, increase their awareness of issues in New York City, or looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday, we have hundreds of opportunities to choose from. 

Opportunities for Teens and Families

Our award-winning Youth Service Clubs engage thousands of students from underserved schools in New York City. This program provides customized service learning opportunities for public high schools for a yearly fee. 

Our Teen Friendly projects are perfect for getting teens in your school or community group involved in their neighborhoods.  Please note that all teen groups require a trained adult (21 or older) to participate. 

The Teen Service Team, an award-winning service learning initiative, strives to increase teens’ awareness of and connection to individuals, resources, activities, and institutions in their community. 

Volunteering is a meaningful way to spend time together as a family. We offer a number of "Family-Friendly" projects that allow volunteers to serve alongside their children.

More Opportunities

We welcome youth volunteers to join adult chaperones to revitalize public schools and clean and green parks and gardens on New York Cares Day Fall and Spring.

Since the Coat Drive began 27 years ago, we have collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to New Yorkers in need. Find out how you can participate.

Our Winter Wishes program provides holiday toys and gifts to over 42,000 children and families each year.

Other Opportunities

Many organizations offer opportunities for youth under the age of 18 to volunteer on their own. View our list of New York City nonprofits that welcome youth volunteers, or visit or for more service opportunities.

Join the Teen Service Team

This program provides students from all across New York City the opportunity to get out into the community and make a difference.

Sign up for Teen Service Team


MAP Program

Ready to take volunteering to the next level and plan your own projects? Apply for our MAP program here.