The GO Project

This October, I began volunteering with the GO Project. The GO Project strives to “shape the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. GO provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home and in life”. During the summer, GO School operates 5 days a week from 9-5, providing not only educational enrichment, but arts, technology, and PE classes as well. During the school year, GO provides Saturday school. At GO school we have “two and half hours of intensive lessons designed to empower each student as they build essential skills in reading, writing and math”.

By housing GO school/summer in various private schools in Lower Manhattan (including our own), GO works to bridge the gap between students with ample resources and the students without and provide educational equity.

Volunteering at GO has been an amazing experience for me. Building personal connections with my class, 1C, has taught me a lot about learning and the struggles that come along with it even at the young ages of 5 and 6. During GO Saturdays, I have made some very cute, very bright little friends whom I’ll continue to skip the extra hours of Saturday morning sleep for.

So if you like kids, educational equity & social justice, graham crackers & pretzels, and service hours, join GO!

If you’re at all interested in GO, but aren’t ready to commit, feel free to email me (, Leitzel (lschoen@friendsseminary), or Olivia Nuñez (, director of community engagement at GO.





4 thoughts on “The GO Project

  1. Sahana, I appreciate reading your reflection on your support for the GO project. This was a significant commitment of energy! I know how active young children can be in a summer program setting. What a wonderful gift of your time and skills.

  2. I very much enjoyed your reflection on your work with the GO project! Education is so empowering, and it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many wonderful young people that may not have access to very good materials and resources to promote that education. I’m so glad that you chose to spend your time working with and helping these deserving young people!

  3. Sahana,

    I love our regular meetings and updates on your many service endeavors- Foundling Hospital, CARE, GO Project. When I learned you joined the list of GO student volunteers, I couldn’t have been more thrilled for you and the organization.

    You and I both share a love for The GO Project. Let’s definitely think about a way to do an info table to promote student interns for GO Summer. Rose Adams who served last summer would be a good collaborator. I also had a thought about Day of Service.

    • Leitzel,

      I do too! It’s so great that you can advise me on each one of those things. I wouldn’t be able to do any of it without your help! Thank you so much!

      I was thinking of incorporating GO in Around the World Day at an “Educational Equity” booth, where we could also inform the community about TFI and Kilbil (since we’re raising $$ for them). Altana and Lily have offered to co-lead this booth. Maybe Rose could help with that! I’ll email you so we can schedule another meeting to discuss Day of Service, Around the World, etc.

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