The Mission

The purpose of the Community Service Program at Newark Academy is threefold:
  1. to build a lifelong passion for service and a generosity of spirit
  2. to use service as a springboard for self-awareness and self-actualization
  3. to integrate service as a learning opportunity in the holistic education of the Newark Academy student

Service Opportunities Abound!

Throughout the school year, the Community Service Council sponsors a wide variety of service opportunities in conjunction with other Newark Academy clubs, classes and student councils.

Students are also encouraged to pursue opportunities for service in their local communities and in areas of their particular interest with a focus on how to best use their time, talent, and resources to serve members of the local and global communities in need.

Community Service Council

The Community Service Council is comprised of faculty grade-level coordinators, student representatives from each grade, an executive board comprised of juniors and seniors, and the community service director

Responsibilities include educating the student body about service opportunities, benefits of service, and issues of social justice. The Council works to develop school-wide and grade-level opportunities, publicize the service work being done by the Newark Academy community, and engage the NA community in thought-provoking conversations about the social justice issues behind the service work we do.


List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the purpose of the Newark Academy Community Service Program?

    The purpose of the Community Service Program at Newark Academy is threefold:

    1. to build a lifelong passion for service and a generosity of spirit
    2. to use service as a springboard for self-awareness and self-actualization
    3. to integrate service as yet another learning opportunity in the holistic education of the NA student
  • Who are the Community Service Grade-Level Coordinators?

    The following faculty members are serving as Community Service Grade Level Coordinators for the 2016-2017 school year:
    Andy Ryan (9th Grade)
    Deb Ronan (10th Grade)
    Joey Yow (11th Grade)
    Sandy Palmer (12th Grade)
  • The requirement calls for six hours of direct service but what is the difference
    between direct and indirect service?

    Direct service means face-to-face contact directly with the population
    being served, for example. This includes tutoring students, working with animals
    at a shelter, cleaning a trail, or distributing food at a pantry.

    Indirect Service involves helping organizations to build capacity to deliver
    valuable direct service; this includes such activities such as filing, answering the
    phones, event planning, or fundraising for organizations that will serve
    populations in need.

    To meet the yearly requirement students must complete a minimum of six hours of direct service per year throughout their four years of high school. All hours can be direct service as there is no indirect service component. Indirect service can be counted towards the yearly goal but the requirement is not met until the 6 hours of direct service have been completed.
  • How do I report my community service hours?

    Community service reporting is done online through the x2vol system.
    You can access the x2vol system via the student resource board on the Newark Academy website or by going directly to the site at

    Once you sign on to the system, you will report your hours to the appropriate goal (either direct or indirect depending on the type of service). In order to report your hours, you will need to record not only the number of hours completed but also the contact information including an email for the sponsor of the project. Additionally, for
    each project you will be asked to write a short but thoughtful reflection.

    Reflection is a key part of the community service process at Newark Academy and
    should be done with care. Once you have reported your hours they will not be
    approved until your grade coordinator has verified the hours with your sponsor
    and approved your reflection. Students who write reflections that do not meet the
    guidelines outlined on the reporting form will be asked to revise their reflections. 
    We strongly encourage that you write all of this information on a google or word document before imputing into x2vol.
  • How do I verify my hours? What does sponsor verification mean?

    You must have the person who supervised your project (the
    Sponsor) certify your project and number of hours you served. When
    you enter the sponsor’s email address in the x2vol system a verification email will
    be automatically generated that your sponsor can easily fill out. However, if you
    do not have the email for a sponsor you will need to get a letter from your
    sponsor that includes the name of the organization, contact information for the
    supervisor (name and phone/email), the date of the service, and the number of
    hours served. If you have a certificate or letter with your supervisor’s signature
    with this information, upload a copy to x2vol and then email your grade coordinator to let them know you have done so. Please note that there is no easy way for the grade coordinators to see which entries have documents attached in the x2vol system; therefore, emailing your grade coordinator to alert them to the upload will greatly increase the speed in which you hours are approved.

    Please note that your grade level coordinator must receive sponsor verification by the final community service deadline or your hours might not count towards the requirement.
  • When should I report my community service hours?

    Right now! You should complete your community service hours immediately after you have completed the service. Do not wait until the final deadline to report all of your hours and write your reflections. We encourage students to report their hours and reflect on their experiences in real time throughout the school year, so you are more cognizant of the activities in which you are engaged and so the Community Service Council can keep a more accurate account of all of the community service projects completed by NA students.
  • Are students limited to participating in the Community Service opportunities sponsored by NA?

    NO! We encourage students to serve with organizations they feel passionate
    about and that they may have served with in the past as well as exploring new
    opportunities through the high school careers. The only requirement is that all
    students must serve with a 501(3)c non-profit that does not directly benefit
    Newark Academy. Additionally, students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of
    direct service per year.
  • I am an alum or parent of NA. How can alumni and parents get involved with
    the Community Service Program at NA?

    We sponsor several community-wide events a year where alumni in which
    alumni and parents can participate. Parents interested in the Community Service
    Program should contact the Newark Academy Parents Association (NAPA).
    Alumni can contact Director of Alumni Relations.
  • What if I have more questions?

    Feel free to contact Sarah Fischer, Director of Community Service, with any questions! 

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Community Service News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Newark Academy Raises money for American Heart Association Go Red for Women Day

    Newark Academy raised nearly $400 on Feb. 1 for the American Heart Associations’ “Go Red for Women Day” to help increase women’s heart health awareness.
    On the first Friday of every Feb., which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. From landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities; this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.
    NA did its part by encouraging students and faculty to wear red and donate, and there was also a kickboxing class to promote a healthy heart.
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  • Newark Academy‚Äôs Inaugural MLK Day of Service a Success

    While there were no classes in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 100 attendees participated in Newark Academy’s inaugural MLK Day of Service on January 21. With sponsorship from the Community Service Council, Black and Latino Families Network, Alumni, Board of Governors, Office of Equity and Inclusion and NAPA Engagement and Inclusion Committee, as well as help from NA Student clubs, including the Asian Diversity Group, Do Something Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Hubun, Indian Club, Mi Casa, POWER and Umoja, the participants spent a day of frigid temperatures as a collective community warming others’ life.
    Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer and Director of Equity and Inclusion Gardy Guiteau welcomed the group before Masters of Ceremonies Alan Lin ’19 and Ava Sharahy ’19 gave remarks. Ruqaiyyah Lucas-Caldwell ’20 then introduced Keynote Speaker, Tanya Fields. Tanya is a food justice activist, educator, urban farmer, food blogger, and founder and executive director of the BLK ProjeK, a Bronx-based food justice and health organization serving underserved women of color by creating women-led economic development opportunities and is committed to urban farming and elimination of food deserts.
    Winter Storm Harper passing through and negative degree wind chill that weekend didn’t stop the NA community from coming together. Students, parents, faculty and alumni had the opportunity to learn about MLK’s vision for the Poor People’s Campaign and its relevance to the work of community organizer and urban farmer Tanya Fields.
    “As an African American woman living in the Bronx, Tanya was struck by the topics of food insecurity in her community and desired to make an effort to change that,” Kaya Patel ’22, publicity representative for her class, recalled. “Her urban farming revolution and transportation of healthy foods around the Bronx have changed the lives of many.”
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  • NA Middle School Club Book Collection

    Newark Academy’s Girls Education Fund (GEF’s) Club is collecting books in the Middle School foyer before and after winter break for the book drive. GEF’s goal is to collect 1,000 new and gently used books, preschool - sixth grade reading level. They are also collecting teacher resource materials, posters and flashcards.
    GEF is working with the organization called The Africa Library Project to create a library at a school in Ghana. For more information, visit
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