LIU offers lots of options to apply your skills or expertise to issues that improve society. To find out more about Academic Service Projects and how to get involved, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Aphasia Center on Post Campus
Therapy opportunity for LIU Post graduate students and a small group of undergraduate students, to observe and/or participate as “helpers'” during the semester. The undergraduate students perform such tasks as making coffee, helping to keep the area neat, and overall assisting in any way they can, in order to also observe the group speech therapy sessions that are being conducted.
Brooklyn Community Service (BCS)
BCS envisions ONE Brooklyn Community, where all members of our community can access an excellent education, job opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and quality and affordable health care and wellness programs. BCS celebrates the strength of the human spirit. Our mission is to empower at-risk children, youth and families, and adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities to overcome the obstacles they face, as we strive to ensure opportunity for all to learn, grow and contribute to ONE Brooklyn Community. To achieve this mission, we offer comprehensive and holistic services, including:
- Early childhood education
- Youth development services and educationally-rich after-school programs
- Counseling for at-risk families
- Treatment, recovery and job training to support the life goals of adults living with mental illness
- Person-centered rehabilitation/community living support for adults with developmental disabilities
- Disaster recovery case management and relief services.
BCS seeks to increase public awareness of the impacts of poverty on individuals and the community at-large. In concert with our consumers and the neighborhoods we serve, we advocate their cause toward our shared vision of ONE Brooklyn Community.
Center on Community Inclusion
The Center on Community Inclusion at LIU Post is dedicated to providing resources to school districts, service providers and families so that individuals with disabilities will meet with success in inclusive environments. The CCI offers a variety of programs to the community including: intensive autism training for professionals in the special needs field, programs that build family bonds and communication, and workshops that build independence, confidence, and skills in individuals with special needs. Undergraduate students participate in various events as volunteers. This is a place where students learn the value of community works.
CHiPS in Park Slope
Since 1971, a community of Brooklyn neighbors, volunteers, and friends who share a common vision to help those who are less fortunate has supported CHiPS. We prepare hot, nutritious meals and serve them to the hungry in a caring & respectful environment.
Citizen Schools is dedicated to helping all children discover and achieve their dreams. We mobilize a team to enable public middle schools in low-income communities to provide a longer learning day rich with opportunities. Our deep partnerships with schools put young adults on track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies.
The Common Ground Service Learning Program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus combines community service with academic instruction. It focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. The Program involves students in organized, community service that addresses local needs, while developing students’ academic skills and commitment to the community. Common Ground makes connections with community organizations, fostering service-learning opportunities that are mutually beneficial. In doing so, Common Ground provides a framework within which faculty and students can add a service-learning component to their curriculum.
Do Good Right Here
Through our Community Fund, Donor Advised Fund Program, and strategic initiatives, Brooklyn Community Foundation seeks to mobilize people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. Our unique approach has three components: first, we listen and engage the community; second, we build on what’s working, funding and supporting successful programs; third, we try new things, and when something works, we invest in its continued success. We partner with local leaders to identify and support proven models and accelerate bold new solutions. We work with donors and manage resources to meet critical charitable goals and build a long-term asset base. We call on a vast network of experts to build on best practices and advance the thinking needed to sustain our work. Brooklyn has an unprecedented opportunity to build a sustainable source of support for its communities, led by the ideas and resources of its communities. As a start-up community foundation, we are assembling a community of donors committed to taking on Brooklyn’s challenges today, while fostering a powerful resource for the future.
Girls Inc. of New York City
Since 1999, Girls Incorporated of New York City has honored girls who are transitioning from high school to college through our signature annual College Shower. At the event we celebrate the achievements of our graduates and support them as they continue to prove that they are strong, smart, and bold! Our goal is show girls that their educational accomplishments are truly valued and that we are proud of them! This year we raised over $7,500 in scholarship money and honored 25 strong, smart, and bold young women that are going off to different colleges such as Columbia University, Lafayette College, and Nazareth College. They were showered with amazing gifts such as laptops, Sorel boots, Teavana tea and accessories, Yankees tickets, sheets and bedding, school supplies, and much more!
LIU Post Sustainability/LIUCOMMPOST
LIUCOMMPOST’s mission is to provide a platform for the LIU Post community to learn about and understand their impact on the environment and to live more sustainable local-to-global lives. Under the coordination of the LIU Post Sustainability Committee, several initiatives have been started which could benefit from student volunteers. These initiatives include the LIU Post Recycling Program and the Green Office Program.
New York Cares
New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. Finding few options to help, they created their own organization to address the problems from the ground up. New York Cares is now the city’s largest volunteer management organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools. Today’s volunteers share our founders’ vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place
Psychological Services Center (PSC)
The Psychological Services Center currently provides services to members of LIU Post community, but also serves families and individuals from the outside. The Center also has special programs for at-risk and/or underserved families and senior citizens. Interested students could volunteer time at the Center to support these programs and their participants. The volunteer positions include: cleaning/organizing toys, games and art supplies for expressive therapy program; supervising children in the waiting room while a parent receives psychotherapy; assisting isolated mentally ill older adults with internet navigation of social websites; assisting in social skills training provided by a graduate student therapist with clients suffering from social anxiety disorders; assisting with outreach by distributing brochures at community locations; transcribing oral histories provided by older adults, seriously medically ill clients and 9/11 first responders as part of a legacy project; serving as a PSC receptionist during evening clinic hours when families typically are available for services.
Publicolor fights poverty by countering inner-city public schools’ alarming dropout rate. Publicolor engages disconnected youth in their education through a continuum of design-based programs, academic support, and by teaching career-readiness skills.
Weeksville Heritage Center
Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn – one of America’s first free black communities. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. Weeksville advances its mission through history, preservation, visual and performing arts, ecology and the built environment.