The Community Engagement Fellowship Program at Rye Country Day School enables RCDS Upper School students to partner with a community organization to develop and implement innovative, sustainable projects that address the needs of local organizations.
Upper School students accepted as Community Engagement Fellows first attend seminars led by the RCDS Director of Public Purpose and the Fellowship Co-Directors to learn about service and explore the societal contexts that create a need for their projects. Then, they spend the summer completing projects at community partner organizations of their choosing, with funding provided by the RCDS community. This allows community organizations to benefit from the students' enthusiasm and passion at no cost, and it enables Upper School students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to participate and foster ongoing partnerships between RCDS and local community organizations.
This year, 18 Upper School students are participating in the signature Public Purpose program. Through a variety of meaningful projects–from creating QR projects and films to developing summer camp programs and classes–students are actively showcasing the RCDS motto, Not for Self, but for Service. In September, the fellows will present their projects at the annual Community Engagement Fellowship Symposium.