The Summer Leadership Action Program in Yonkers (SLAPY) is a community-based/fieldwork opportunity for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors offered by the Office of Community Partnerships. This program provides students with an inside look at a Yonkers’ community-based organization while helping to carry out the agency’s day-to-day operations.
Students selected for SLAPY receive a living stipend, bus passes for transportation to the community sites, and the eligibility to stay in on-campus summer housing (students must still pay rent).
SLAPY is a 10 week program and consists of four main components:
An orientation to the city of Yonkers
Thirty (30) hours per week of work in a community-based agency
Required weekly leadership seminar
A closing/wrap-up session
The weekly leadership seminar is a half-day workshop/reflection held each Friday of the program. A series of guest speakers will facilitate the workshops and discussions. These speakers include Sarah Lawrence College faculty and staff as well as non-profit leaders. Some of the topics include theories about child development, community development strategies, and examination of public/private approaches to community work.