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Tomorrow’s Business Leaders is Recruiting Volunteers for the Spring 2014 Academic Year!

January 11, 2014 Leave a comment
Apply to be a Volunteer! 
Deadline: Sunday, January 19th, 2014

What Volunteering Entails:
• Teaching with other volunteers from various industries (teaching curriculum is provided)
• Volunteer training is provided which includes teaching best practices and speaking tips
• Each program per semester is about 10-14 weeks long. You will teach every other week (5-7 lessons in total) for an hour in the morning prior to working hours or during lunch time.
• Commitment: 1-semester commitment required, 2-semester commitment preferred
• You will be assigned to a low-moderate income public high school in Manhattan

What You Gain:
• Give back to the community in a high impact way, with minimal time commitment
• Opportunity to get your students excited about learning and achieving their goals
• Access to leadership opportunities as a Project Leader or on TBL’s Management Team
• Diverse network of business professionals from top companies in New York City
• Access to TBL volunteer socials and fundraising events

For more information, please see visit the website: If you have any questions, please contact

*Online form says 2012-13; please disregard and complete based on your 2014 schedule. 


Volunteering Student Loan Forgiveness

July 24, 2013 1 comment

There are several organizations that will pay off a portion of or your entire student loan, or allow you to postpone payments of the loan!

Not only can you get a reduction in the amount of your student loans and debts due, but these organizations will also provide you a much valuable life experience. You will gain work experience and knowledge that will help you develop your resume and improve your future career opportunities.

  • VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). This organization is all about ending poverty, community development, ending homelessness, and increasing literacy in the United States. It will pay off up to $5,000 of your student loans if you join their cause for at least 1,700 hours. 800-942-2677.
  • Peace Corps. By joining together and traveling with the Peace Corps organization, you will get to defer most of your student loan bills until after you leave the program. Not only will you get them deferred, but you may even be able to get some of your student loans reduced by as much as 70%. Dial 855.855.1961 to find a local office.
  • Americorps. If you volunteer for Americorps for a year, you will be rewarded with up to a $5,000 reduction in your student loans and also a stipend of up to $7,400. (202) 606-5000.
  • Teaching. If you sign up to teach full-time under certain conditions and meet all conditions of the program, your student loan will be completely forgiven. Some of these options include : 1) Teach in an area designated as a teacher-shortage area. 2) teach special education classes, or 3) teach in a school facility that educates students from lower income families.
  • Social Services. If you are a full-time provider of early intervention services for the disabled, a full-time nurse or medical technician, an employee of an organization that provides assistance and services to families of lower income communities, or a full-time corrections or law enforcement officer, your student loan can be completely absolved. Restrictions (such as those that involve the date your loan was made) may apply.
  • Law school loan forgiveness. If you have just graduated from law school, you likely owe a significant amount of money. Many law students owe between $80,000 and $125,000 in student loans and have an outrageously high monthly bill. Over 30 law schools in the U.S. will allow for student loan forgiveness to students who take on-profit positions or public interest positions, whether part time or full time. Visit Equal Justice Works for a list of these schools and more information, or dial the main office at (202) 466-3686.

Host a Community Blood Drive to Raise Scholarship Money!

June 13, 2013 Leave a comment

You can help a student earn a college scholarship and save lives!

When you host a community blood drive during the month of June, July, August or September 2013 with your high school or college aged children, grandchildren or neighbors you’ll help themearn funds for college, add valuable community service experience to their college applications and save lives!

CLICK HERE for a video about hosting a Bloodstock Scholarship Blood Drive.

Planning a blood drive is fun and easy! Invite friends, family, teachers, co-workers, religious leaders and neighbors.



50 pints

$500 scholarship

30-49 pints

$250 scholarship

For more information about the Bloodstock Scholarship or to participate, please e-mail your name, student’s name, address, phone number and school name to Michele Lariviere

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New York Aquarium Docent Opportunities

April 22, 2013 1 comment

Become a docent – also known as an exhibit interpreter – at the New York Aquarium and help staff exhibits, teach visitors about marine conservation, and assist at events and education programs! As a docent, you will have the opportunity to meet individuals from around the world and join a family of fellow volunteers, staff, and wildlife experts who share a passion for our natural world.

The Docent Program is open to anyone age 15 and older: high school students, college/grad students, and adults.

Docent responsibilities include:

  • Speaking with aquarium visitors and giving exhibit chats using biological artifacts and other visual aids
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of special events
  • Staffing information and craft tables during special events on-site and off-site
  • Assisting Education Department instructors with school and family programs
  • Teaching visitors how to interact with horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other animals at our touch pools
  • Conducting short marine conservation programs on the Coney Island Boardwalk outside of the aquarium entrance
Significant support for this program is provided by National Grid.


To get involved, print and fill out an application. You must be at least 15 years or older to apply. Admission to the program is competitive. After an interview and orientation, accepted candidates must complete an intensive 7-day training course (see training schedule below).

Applications are being accepted now for the summer, academic year, and year-long docent opportunities. The training includes sessions on marine science, public speaking skills, and activities designed to foster good relations among docents. Applicants under age 18 must have a parent sign their application form and a teacher fill out the recommendation form.

  • Summer Teen Docents (July 2, 2013–September 2, 2013)
    Open to high school students, ages 15–18. Participants must volunteer two full days (6½ hours/day) per week at minimum, in order to complete a total of 120 service hours and 5 education hours. Days are flexible.
  • Academic Year Teen Docents (September 15, 2013–June 30, 2014)
    Open to high school students, ages 15–18. Participants must volunteer once every other week during volunteer shifts in the mornings (9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.), afternoons (1:00–5:00 p.m., weekends only), or full days (9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.), totaling 150 service hours and 5 education hours.
  • Adult Docents (1 year from the start date)
    Open to those out of high school, aged 18 years and older. Participants must volunteer either once a week during volunteer shifts in the mornings (9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) or afternoons (1:00–5:00 p.m., weekends only), OR full days (9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) once every other week, for 1 year, in addition to completing 5 education hours.

Application Process & Training Sessions

Applications are accepted each year from March 15–May 18, until 4:00 p.m on the 18th. Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will not be considered. An orientation and interview are mandatory. The NY Aquarium will call you to schedule an interview after they receive your application. Once accepted into the docent program, you will be required to attend the 7-day training courses, which take place from 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. each day:

Summer Training Course
For summer and year-long docents
 Fall Training Course
For academic-year and year-long docents
Saturday, June 22, 2013  Saturday, August 17, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013  Sunday, August 18, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013  Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013  Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013  Saturday, September 7, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013  Sunday, September 8, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013  Saturday, September 14, 2013

Download the application.
Download the teacher recommendation form.


If you have any questions, please call the volunteer office at (718) 265-3450, Saturday through Thursday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email

The Brooklyn Prom and Scholarship Project, Now Through May 17th

April 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Support the 4th Annual Prom Drive to help financially challenged teens in Brooklyn attend their 2013 High School Prom through donations of gently used formal occasion attire.  Cocktail and social dresses, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, suits, social occasion shoes, jewelry, accessories, unopened cosmetics and beauty products are welcome now until May 17th, 2013!

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Bedford YMCA

1121 Bedford Ave. – corner of Monroe St.

House of Art

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd. – between Halsey & Macon

Macon Library

361 Lewis Ave. – between Macon & Halsey St.

The Pantry

409 Lewis Ave. – corner of Decatur

Brooklyn Swirl

445 Marcus Garvey Blvd.- corner of MacDonough

Chyna Doll House

421 Marcus Garvey Blvd.- between Halsey & Macon

Lily & Fig

727 Franklin Ave.- between Park Pl & Sterling Pl

shirley + alice

434 Marcus Garvey Blvd.- between MacDonough & Macon

Just Because Hair Therapy Salon

141 Carlton Ave.

For more information call 1-877-329-9953 or email to arrange for pick-up.


2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks, May 5th

April 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Autism Speaks would like to thank supporters for the feedback they received from their 2012 walkers.  Autism Speaks realized that they need to provide a safe, fun autism friendly environment for their constituents. So, they’ve moved the 2013 NYC Walk!

Join them at their new venue:
Citi Field in Flushing, NY

With the new venue, they need to ensure that every single person who is walking is registered on the website.  This means children, grandma, friends; everyone will need to register.  To ensure that you are registered, Autism Speaks will be asking everyone to wear a wristband on Walk day.  To help eliminate any lines upon entering the venue, they will mail out the wristbands to the team captains two weeks prior to the walk with a list of all their team’s currently registered participants. Team captains will distribute the wristbands to their team and remind them to wear it on walk day!  For participants with sensory issues, it is fine if another team member wears their wristband for them.  It can also be placed on a bag or stroller; Autism Speaks just needs the wristband to be visible.

Join Autism Speaks as they walk to change the future for all who struggle with autism!

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is their single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead individuals to the answers they need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. – they need more volunteers to join the fight. Whether this is your first walk or the 10th, take the first step and register today.  You will not only raise funds, but you will become a part of a fun and supportive family-focused community.

Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Help Autism Speaks change that! Start fundraising today. Whether you strive to join the new “Grand Club” (walkers that raise $1,000 or more) or sell lemonade to boost your total or create your own unique event, you become a part of the solution! Don’t wait another minute – start a corporate, school or family team today!

Register TODAY!

2013 New York City Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

Autism Speaks looks forward to seeing you at the event!

9/11 5K Memorial Run/Walk and Family Day, April 21st

March 27, 2013 3 comments

On April 21, 2013, the 9/11 Memorial will host a 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and to encourage volunteerism. The 5K is 3.1 miles.

All funds raised through your participation in the 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk and Family Day will support the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The Run/Walk and Family Day will take place in lower Manhattan, taking participants on a historic route passing important places that are part of the 9/11 story. The route will also symbolize how we came together to support one another in the aftermath of 9/11.

The date of the Run/Walk and Family Day – April 21 – marks the anniversary President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making 9/11 a day of service and volunteerism in the memory of the victims of the 2001 attacks.

Please register by April 2, 2013 for discounted early registration fees.

Register Now »

Many have been affected by 9/11, including Blanca Garcia, sister of Helen Garcia who lost her life on 9/11.  Visit to participate in her team walk and/or donate to the cause.  

Encourage volunteerism.  #SupportUnites