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Program Overview

 

The Service in Schools (SIS) Virtual Leadership Institute is an exciting opportunity for NYC public high school students in grades 10-12 to build their leadership skills over the course of a four-day virtual institute between March 29 and April 1 during spring break and three after-school sessions on April 15, April 29, and May 20. During these sessions, students will work in small groups to learn about topics such as Animal Welfare, the Environment, Housing, and Food Access, and develop a live virtual lesson that participating high school students will lead for students in grades 3-5 during the week of May 25-28. Students interested in participating in the Virtual Leadership Institute should submit an application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 24. 

Program FAQs

What is the SIS Virtual Leadership Institute? 

The SIS Virtual Leadership Institute is a leadership and youth service program for NYC public schools students in grades 10-12. It consists of a four-day institute during spring break, three after-school sessions, and a virtual lesson with an elementary school class during the week of May 25-28. 

Over the course of program sessions, students work in small groups to learn about topics such as Animal Welfare, the Environment, Housing, and Food Access and develop a live virtual lesson to lead for students in grades 3-5 during the week of May 25-28

Who is eligible to participate in the Virtual Leadership Institute?

NYC public schools students in grades 10-12 who have not participated in past SIS programming.

What is expected of students participating in Virtual Leadership Institute? 

Leadership Instute students will participate in a four-day virtual institute between March 29 and April 1 and three after-school sessions on April 15, April 29, and May 20. The spring break institute sessions run from 10:00am-3:00pm each day (with a lunch break from 12:00-1:00pm) and the after-school sessions run from 3:00-4:30pm. All sessions will be held on Zoom. 

During the program sessions, Leadership Institute students will participate in group discussions, collaborate with project-group members, share work progress, and actively engage in session activities. 

Participating students will also complete about 30-60 minutes of work in between sessions. This work may include, but is not limited to conducting independent research, drafting lesson materials, and sending updates to group members and the SIS team. 

When are the Virtual Leadership Institute sessions?

Session 1: Monday, March 29 - 10:00am-3:00pm
Session 2: Tuesday, March 30 - 
10:00am-3:00pm
Session 3: Wednesday, March 31 - 10:00am-3:00pm

Session 4: Thursday, April 1 - 
10:00am-3:00pm

Session 5: Thursday, April 15 - 3:00-4:30pm
Session 6: Thursday, April 29 - 3:00-4:30pm

Session 7: Thursday, May 20 - 3:00-4:30pm
Youth Service Summit Lesson Days: During the week of May 25-28 (TBD based on elementary school schedules)

What are the requirements for the Virtual Leadership Institute application?

Students interested in participating in the Leadership Institute should complete the program application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 24. Questions 13-18 must be completed by a parent/guardian and all other questions must be completed by the applying student. Students will also be asked to provide the name and email address of a teacher in their application. If a student is selected as a finalist for the Leadership Institute, SIS will reach out to the teacher named in the application for a recommendation on behalf of the applying student.

Can I apply for the Virtual Leadership Institute if I have participated in past SIS programs (such as Leadership Institute or Teens Advocating for Change)? 

Unfortunately NO. This program is open to students who have not previously participated in a SIS program. If you are an SIS alum looking for additional service opportunities, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov and the SIS team will connect you to relevant opportunities!

What are the benefits of participating in Virtual Leadership Institute? 

This program offers students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and inspire youth while gaining knowledge on a topic from a variety of media and expert sources, all while adhering to public health guidelines. The live sessions and emphasis on group collaboration will give students the opportunity to make connections with students from across the city. Additionally, students will learn from experts from local community-based organizations and get support and feedback on their service-learning lessons from the SIS Team. In culmination, Leadership Institute students will lead live virtual lessons for elementary school students and demonstrate how students of all ages can make a difference in their community during the Youth Service Summit lesson days (May 25-28). 

If you have any additional questions about the Virtual Leadership Institute, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov.