We recognize that our middle school and high school students have great leadership potential that often goes unfilled. They hold multiple responsibilities, including long hours caring for younger siblings and working to contribute to their families’ income. Unfortunately, these duties mean they often lack the extracurricular activities needed to make them competitive candidates at top-tier universities. Community Uplift gives students the opportunity to create and lead projects that will have a positive impact on their own community.
NGS high school freshmen and sophomores are given a historical and theoretical framework on youth activism. They also participate in an upperclassmen’s Community Uplift project and begin to develop ideas for their own projects. In junior and senior year, students learn to develop mission statements, budgets, fundraising strategies, grant applications and volunteer recruitment - all the skills needed to implement their own community service project. Currently, NGS students execute 23 independent projects in food and clothing distribution, after school tutoring and arts education for low-income students, gendered violence prevention, and meaningful health education.
To learn more about the projects our scholars have been creating, please visit the Community Uplift page.