Day of Service
During Orientation, new LS students are invited to volunteer for one of several service projects sponsored on campus and throughout NYC. Each service project emphasizes a particular community or social justice issue, which allows students and other volunteers to contribute toward issues that resonate with them.
LS Alternative Breaks
The alternative break program provides students with the opportunity to learn about political and social community dynamics while becoming a catalyst for collaborative change. Through both learning and practice, students explore the integration of service, education and reflection to enact change. A cohort of LS students will visit either an international or domestic location each spring semester to undertake a project relevant for that community. NYU Alternative Breaks travel during winter break or spring break.
LS Service Ambassadors
Students that have demonstrated commitment to service and civic engagement. Service Ambassadors participate in a year long program partnering with organizations across New York City to promote awareness of social issues and service opportunities.
Update posted May 2020: Due to COVID-19, our Social Impact Grant and Volunteer Grant applications are currently closed. At the moment, we cannot approve grants for non-essential activities. Please check back in the coming months for updates.
LS Volunteer Grants
Students who volunteer on an ongoing basis with NYC community organizations are eligible to apply for small grants through Liberal Studies. These grants help offset some of the costs associated with volunteerism, such as transportation and meals. Applicants must be matriculated LS students. Awards range from $100 to $250.
Social Impact Grants
Social Impact Grants fund student initiatives that involve making a difference in communities and enriching the quality of life. These grants model the idea that contributing back to a particular community is both an important educational experience and critical preparation for the practice of global citizenship. Applicants must be matriculated Liberal Studies students in at least the second semester of their first year. Awards range from $500 to $2,000.