Community and Civic Engagement
TYWLS Community & Civic Engagement
As part of our TYWLS values in leadership, community, and equity, we encourage civic engagement from all our students, staff, and families. All students engage with the NY State accredited coursework in U.S. History, Global History, and Government as part of their Humanities curriculum, and our after school clubs, Intensives programs, community town halls, and classroom debates promote active participation in conversations shaping democracy and government in our city, state, country, and world that affects us all. Here are some ways you can get involved.
In March 2019 and 2020, our eligible (18+) students and staff were given an opportunity through the NYC DOE Civics for All program to register to vote, with younger student volunteers involved in the coordination and excitement of this opportunity for our first time voters. In this important election in a challenging time for public schools and working families across our nation, please see below ways that we can support you in voting in New York in 2020!
For more information or help in any language on voting, contact our School Counselor and Civics for All Liaison, Gayathri Iyer [email protected]
Some of our students, alumna, and families have signed up to work on Election Day and at Early Voting sites as a paid position with training. In 2020, we encourage only those who are healthy, over 18 years of age, and able to practice and enforce covid-safe guidelines to read about how to become a Poll Worker.
Service Learning / Community Based Organizations
Many of our students, often of their own research and application, have held volunteer, internship, or paid positions at community based organizations that involve in social change, including the below. Have an opportunity you would like to share or learn more about? Contact our Gayathri Iyer at [email protected]
Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Green Girls (NYC Parks)
Brooklyn Museum Apprentice Program
South Asian Youth Action
Queens LGBTQ Center
Arab American Family Support Center
Turning Point NY
Campaigns for local candidates in Astoria, Queens, New York City