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Be a change agent.
Marymount awakens in its students a consciousness of social justice. The School offers many opportunities for students to partner with organizations that affect positive change in their local and global communities. Students begin to understand the roots of injustice and how they can address the challenges many communities face. 


As their culminating social justice class project, Class X students participate in M-PACT (Marymount Philanthropy and Community Transformation). Each team chooses a local non-profit organization and conducts extensive research on its history, mission, programming, and finances. Teams create a multimedia presentation designed to rally support for their chosen organization. The winning organization receives a $10,000 grant and each runner up receives a $1,500 grant. While the work of all groups is presented in digital form for grant consideration, four teams are selected to pitch their non-profit in person to the Bank of NY Mellon Wealth Management.


Class X participates in an annual overnight retreat run by YSOP, the Youth Service Opportunities Program. This retreat complements the students’ social justice curriculum by immersing them in a hands-on experience serving the poor, the needy, and the marginalized. Recent volunteer opportunities at YSOP have included several soup kitchens, such as CHIPS (Christian Help in Park Slope), St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen, All Souls, Fraternite Notre Dame, Holy Apostles, and Trinity Lutheran. Students also serve at the McKinley’s Children’s Garden in Queens. Students in Class X are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service over the course of the year as part of their social justice class. 

Service Immersion

Rising Class X students are invited to spend a week over the summer at the Romero Center's "Urban Challenge Program," a service-learning immersion grounded in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The students leave their comfort zones to live in community, engage their faith, and serve locally with not-for-profit organizations. As they learned about the rich history of Camden, New Jersey, its diverse realities, and the injustices experienced by the city's residents, they further awakened their consciousness of social justice.

Homework Helpers

Students from the Upper Middle School and Upper School participate in weekly service through our partnership with the Beacon after-school program at P.S. 198. On Thursdays, Homework Helpers provide academic support for students in kindergarten through fifth grade in all subjects. Whether they are helping kindergarten students learning to read or sharing strategies with fifth grade students solving math problems, they love helping their younger peers and making learning fun!

Harlem STEAM Consortium

Marymount created the Harlem STEAM Consortium to broaden access to STEAM education for students in our local community. Teachers from public, charter, and parochial schools in East Harlem visit the School for professional development workshops to learn how to start or enhance a STEAM program in their schools. Thanks to a generous corporate sponsor, each school received fifteen littleBits kits to take back to their classrooms and integrate into their curricula.


Coordinated largely by Campus Ministry, student-led initiatives are held in all divisions to support charitable organizations in our community. Annual programs include City Harvest’s Truck or Treat, the Hop-a-thon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the New York Common Pantry, Ronald McDonald House’s Fun Run, Concrete Safaris, Kateri Residence, and the Rising Ground program. Our ongoing partnership with the RSHM mission in Zimbabwe also provides enduring outreach opportunities.