Service Learning Program

NEIA serves the community by taking actionable steps to become meaningful volunteers and foster positive partnerships.

SLP Skills

  • Apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community.

  • Grow as individuals, build meaningful relationships, and increase civic participation.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community, and society.

  • Develop as leaders who take initiative, solve problems, work as a team, and demonstrate their abilities while helping others.

Service Learning at NEIA teaches commitment, responsibility, organization, and leadership that exemplify our pillars. This program, led by Elise Mott, Head of Service Learning & Humanities teacher, encourages innovators to problem solve and reflect on the significant impact they can have on the broader community as they learn how to assess community needs and volunteer productively.

According to Mott, these habits of mind will serve innovators in a 21st-century context. “We are committed to developing responsible citizens who strive to make a difference throughout their lives.”

The program challenges innovators to contemplate how they can impact their world positively and meaningfully—at any age and at any time. For example, the Service Learning Advisory Board is learning about how nonprofits function and their philanthropic efforts. They will work closely with staff to develop Service Learning activities that integrate meaningful community service for all ages. They will use the “Investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration” process to develop new projects. In practice, these steps build meaningful community relationships, collate visions, and educate innovators about privilege and DEIJ.

Throughout September, Middle School innovators volunteered at “Gaining Ground,” a non-profit organic farm that distributes food to food banks in Concord, MA. Innovators also distributed water at the Mighty Moose Road Race, which raises funds for ovarian cancer research. Mott states, “the NEIA students were enthusiastic volunteers who took their role seriously and earnestly.” 

NEIA’s Service Learning Program has limitless potential. Ongoing goals are increasing student participation, using The Hive and Innovation Studio to create products that could help others, and asking guardians to get involved.

Mott concludes, “The exciting thing about service learning at NEIA is that our philosophy of integration, social justice, and human-centered design lends itself to action-oriented projects.” 


Fall 2022 Service/Volunteering Opportunities:

  • Marlborough’s Halloween Trunk or Treat Event
  • Trustees of the Reservation
  • Special Olympics Bowling League 
  • ESL tutoring in the Marlborough community 
  • STEM program with local elementary schools


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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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