Student Reflections

Riverdale Upper School students describe their personal service learning projects and how their service learning work has shaped their lives.

Eric S. - Child Care

Name of Student: Eric S.
Service Learning Category: Child Care

“Rather than [it] being an obligation, I look forward to volunteering and changing the lives of the children [at the center] for the better.”

“At the end of the day, it is very gratifying when they give me a smile and hug and look forward to seeing me when I return.”

Kay G. - Youth Education/Tutoring

Name of Student: Kay G.
Service Learning Category: Youth Education/Tutoring
Name of Organization: The GO Project is a non-profit organization that provides academic and emotional support to low-income children from under-resourced public schools in New York City. 

“My role as a mentor for the GO Project students, many of whom grapple with severe behavioral and emotional challenges, has solidified my interest in early childhood development and education.”

“At the GO Project I engaged in daily professional development sessions that allowed me to hone my leadership skills. I also discussed and debated educational inequities with other interns and board members. In addition, I crafted a culminating "HUSTLE" project that combined my interest in Classics (Latin) with my passion for making a difference in my community.”

Gabby H. - Youth Education/Child Care

Name of Student: Gabby H.
Service Learning Category: Youth Education/Child Care
Name of Organization: ABC Program

“Over the past year I have created a memorable bond with the ABC program and many of the students I have worked with while volunteering.“

“Whether it’s teaching a student to spell their name or helping a child write a card for their family on Valentines Day, the organization always designs unique learning adventures for their students.”

“Located on 126th Street, the ABC Program gives me the chance to interact with an array of children from infants to lower school students for three hours every Saturday.”

Li G. - Youth Education

Name of Student: Li G.
Service Learning Category: Youth Education/Child Care
Name of Organization: LEARN

"The LEARN program has offered me the priceless opportunity of being able to make an impact, not just on the kids I work with each week, but on the larger community outside of Riverdale Country School. The program has taught me what it truly means to be a leader and an effective mentor, while navigating the obstacles of creating a balanced relationship with the kids that allows us to have fun as well as create a stimulating learning environment for them. Our reflection sessions on Mondays have been as integral to LEARN as the tutoring sessions. In thinking upon how we can improve our work at Riverdale Neighborhood House, we reflect on societal matters ranging from Common Core to the privilege that comes with attending a private school such as Riverdale. These two separate experiences of reflection and tutoring tie together in such a way that I am able to apply what I learn in our reflection sessions to how I approach working with my buddy."

Connect with Us

If you have comments, questions, or ideas, please reach out to:

Rachel Klein
Director of Service Learning
Middle School Coordinator of Service Learning
rklein@riverdale.edu

Emily Schorr Lesnick
Upper School Coordinator of Service Learning
eschorrlesnick@riverdale.edu

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