Every TIP project is a hands-on experience where you are in it from beginning to end.

 

With TIP you do it all – plan, participate and share. It’s fun to work with friends to help in your community and make an impact.

Getting involved with TIP is easy! Contact us if:
You are an organization with teens who want to volunteer.
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Check Out Our Past Projects…

Kitchen Masters


November 2018

Enthusiastic TIP Teens cooked their hearts out for guests of the Church of St. Matthews and St Timothy’s meal program.  These hardworking kids made over 200 meatballs to go with 12 pounds of pasta and even managed to put broccoli and cauliflower on the plate.  And they didn’t forget dessert-delicious butter cookies rounded out the meal.  The highlight of the day was serving their creation to over 50 appreciative diners . These teens are already eagerly waiting for the next time to use their culinary skills at St. Matthews and St. Timothy’s Church.

PROJECT IMPACT

WHAT'S THE BUZZ
“It was so much fun!! They all loved us working there and they said we were really fast and worked well!!!
– Hannah, 9th grade

 

Get Out The Vote

League of Women Voters
October 2018

Just ahead of midterms, TIP teens joined the League of Women Voters and other volunteers for a voter registration training. After learning about the organizations history and mission, and the importance of civic engagement, our teens received a crash course on running registration drive. They left with stacks of forms and the desire to make sure that their peers turning 18–and other new Yorkers–vote in future elections.

PROJECT IMPACT

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

 

Anatomy of A Fundraiser

charley’s Fund
april 2018

Six amazing NYC teens from Congregation Rodeph Sholom  planned a fundraiser to benefit Charley’s Fund. This hard working group of boys were the leaders of the  event and did it all – learning, brainstorming, planning, organizing, and running the event – a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, trivia game, raffler and bake sale. They made a big impact by raising $2,030.97 to support Charley’s Fund’s effort to develop better drugs for teen boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and ultimately find a cure.

PROJECT IMPACT
6 volunteers x 14 hours each = 84 impact hours and $2,030.97 raised!

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

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— 8th Grade Participant

Food and Fun After School

Lincoln square neighborhood center
october 2017 – april 2018

Food and Fun After School was a project for kids to connect with other kids in their neighborhood.  As part of this impact project, 50 kids learned about food insecurity and planned activities for kids in the after-school program at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center (LSNC). They were the leaders and drivers. The culminating session of the project was a visit to LSNC for the kids to connect — play games, do crafts and have fun together.  Another element of the project was preparing a meal for the LSNC kids to take home and share with their families.

PROJECT IMPACT
50 volunteers x 6.6 hours each = 330 impact hours.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

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— 6th Grade Participant

Pop-Up Project: Kitchen Masters

THE Church of St. matthew & st. timothy
january and february 2018

TIP teens ran the Sunday meal program at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy. During this experience, teens learned about food insecurity in the neighborhood while they prepared, cooked and served a hot meal to 72 neighbors.

PROJECT IMPACT
8 volunteers x 4 hours each = 32 impact hours.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

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— Teen Participant

Planting Beauty for Seniors

met council & the journey school, silver spring, md
may 2018

The day started with learning and sharing – about TIP, the project and NYC and then a subway ride to our project location.  We arrived at a small residence for seniors on the Upper East Side where the kids refurbished and planted a garden. To start the project off, the teens engaged in a learning session about issues facing seniors in NYC. This included an interactive game where teens had to prioritize spending while on a fixed income. It was hard! This was followed by painting inspirational rocks for the garden and then planting flowers. A few residents even stopped by to chat while it was all happening making for great connections and a more meaningful project. All the hard garden work was rewarded with a picnic lunch in Central Park together with a trivia game about NYC. What a beautiful impact this group made on their visit to NYC!

PROJECT IMPACT
15 volunteers x 7 hours each = 105 impact hours.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

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— Teen Participant

Baking for the Runway

Sports and arts in schools fouNdation
april 2017

Teens from Congregation Rodeph Sholom (CRS) prepared and oversaw a concession to raise money for an amazing SASF arts program called Girl Redesigned. The snack bar featured homemade baked goods and other snacks during the organization’s annual fashion show with designs made by girls in the program.  The CRS teens also helped as building guides during the event and ran a very successful Candy-Gram Stand – preparing and delivering messages of congratulations and candy for the participants.  All in all, the teens raised $280 and delivered more than 100 messages supporting an important SASF program for the arts.

PROJECT IMPACT
11 volunteers x 4 hours each = 44 impact hours.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

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— 6th Grade Participant

Making an Impact Away from Home
NYC Voluntour Day

BUTLER MONTESSORI SCHOOL FROM MARYLAND
FEBRUARY 2017

The day started with an orientation to TIP and a project overview with an interactive game to learn about issues facing communities in NYC. For the first project, teens decorated a communal space in a Senior Center for a Purim Celebration. This was followed by a culinary experience at an Indian restaurant in Curry Hill. The afternoon had two projects: Teens participated in Impact Thursday, a weekly gathering to support neighborhood immigrants at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy. They made inspirational signs to be  hung at the Church. The final activity was preparing 100 backpacks as part of the Backpack Buddies Program at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Each backpack was filled with six meals for food-insecure youth to take home over the weekend. What an impact this group made on their visit to NYC!

PROJECT IMPACT
11 volunteers x 7 hours each = 77 impact hours!

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

Thank you [TIP] for planning and leading our “Teen Impact Thursday”. We enjoyed helping the seniors and the community home and the children in Backpack Buddies. It was cool to meet everyone and hear their stories.  We hope TIP takes off so we can forever tip the scales.
— The Montessori Intermediates

Prep and Cook

THE CHURCH OF ST. MATTHEW & ST. TIMOTHY
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2017

Bon Appetit! Everyone looks forward to bonding over a meal. After learning about the Church organization and who they serve, TIP Teens, planned the menu, baked desserts and created decorations for the dining room. On meal day, they decorated the space, prepared and served the meal and mingled with the diners.

PROJECT IMPACT
26 volunteers x 8 hours each = 208 impact hours!

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

It was so much fun baking and cooking with my friends.  My favorite part was when we passed out the cookies and                                    cupcakes to the people that came.  It felt like we were doing something good. 
— Sarah, 6th Grader

From Page to Shelf: 
Storybook Deisgn Project

west end intergenerational residences
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2017

This experience was for those that fondly remembered their favorite picture book. TIP Teens collaborated in small groups with resident kids to author a unique picture book. The project began with  a brainstorming session where TIP Teens came up with story ideas. At the residence, the teens read picture books, helped the kids create illustrations and shared refreshments. The project culminated with TIP Teens publishing the books for donation to WIR’s Library.

PROJECT IMPACT
11 volunteers x 7 hours each = 77 impact hours!

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

This project had a huge impact on me because I was able to give the gift of literacy to those children not as fortunate as me….. I was so happy when I got to see first hand how excited these children were simply from interacting with us.
—Alex, 6th Grader

Holiday Cultural Exchange

GODDARD RIVERSIDE YOUTH CENTER
DECEMBER 2016

Bring on the latkes! We all love Hanukkah and this project was a great way for TIP Teens to share both the meaning and the fun of this special holiday. Goddard Riverside kids learned the story and traditions of Hanukkah in an interactive program designed by the volunteers. The project culminated with a Hanukkah party featuring a teen-designed quiz show, a dreidel competition and traditional blessings and foods.

PROJECT IMPACT
7 volunteers x 8 hours each = 56 impact hours!

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

I had the privilege of attending a few different TIP projects this year all of which were wonderfully organized. My personal favorite was the Goddard-Riverside Holiday party. I found that this program in which the kids really and directly interacted with the community they were serving was particularly meaningful for all involved.
—Dina, Asst. Dir. Youth & Teen Engagement 

Turkey Day Giving

WEST END INTERGENERATIONAL RESIDENCES
NOVEMBER 2016

Holidays are a time for sharing with family, friends and community.  For this project, TIP Teens partnered with young children to share holiday traditions and make decorations for the residents’ Thanksgiving table and ornaments for their Christmas tree.

PROJECT IMPACT
12 volunteers x 8 hours each = 96 impact hours!

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

My favorite part of this project was playing with the kids and hearing them laugh. I learned a lot about my neighborhood that I did not know.
— 6th Grade Participant