Be a change agent.

Service Learning

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, YSOP, the Incarcerated Mothers Program, and the Stockings with Care program. Our ongoing partnership with the RSHM mission in Zimbabwe also provides enduring outreach opportunities.

Community Service

Students and their families are invited to participate in service opportunities throughout the year. “Service Saturdays” began in response to Hurricane Sandy, when the School sent volunteers and supplies to storm-ravaged areas. They continue today as opportunities to serve in soup kitchens, neighborhood improvement programs, nursing homes, and park cleanup programs. Students in Class X are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service as part of their social justice class. 


Philanthropy is woven into courses such as Social Justice in the Upper School. As their culminating class project, students participate in M-PACT, or 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. Rounding out their formal training is a three-day Philanthropy 101 course at the end of senior year.


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.