To create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning.

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Download the Project Ignition Best Practices Toolkit here, and start saving lives.

Learn, plan, and connect in the Generator School Network, a service-learning resource for youth and educators of all stripes.

Take the Youth4Education pledge and commit yourself to advance education equity through service-learning.

Subscribe to our newsletters, The Leader, your source for excellence in service-learning, and GSN News & Updates for unique professional development opportunities.

We are NYLC

For more than 30 years, NYLC has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and captivated students by leading the way in providing high-quality, dynamic service-learning content to school districts, classrooms, out-of-school youth programs, and everything in between. Our programs and services develop young leaders, support educators, and advance the field of service-learning.

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Develop Young Leaders

We tap into the passion of young people to address real-world issues. With goals ranging from improving communities to reforming education, we work for and with youth to cultivate skills and raise the platforms necessary for today’s young leaders to flourish.

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Support Educators

We support educators by enhancing their instructional knowledge with regard to service-learning and youth leadership development — discovering new ways to meet rigorous academic standards, work with diverse populations, integrate technology, and produce new measures of success.

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Advance the Field

NYLC is committed to changing the world with youth by advancing the field of service-learning. Each year we convene leaders, grow national visibility for service-learning, report on cutting-edge research, and advocate for federal support, so that all young people can: Serve. Learn. Change the world.®

We know service-learning works because we’ve done the research. We’ve seen the results. We’ve heard the stories. The Leader is all about sharing these stories — along with resources and opportunities for the field.




Youth4Education is a youth-led campaign to advance education equity through service-learning. We are currently seeking Lead Activists to join us this summer for the National Youth Leadership Training — and make an impact year-round in their home communities. Learn more at Youth4Education.org.

Districts in Action

NYLC has partnered with The National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement at the Education Commission of the States in Districts in Action: Advancing Student Success through Policy and Practice. This joint project will engage school districts of varying characteristics and levels of experience with community focused service-learning in a unique collaboration designed to support and enhance specific district-determined strategic priorities. Learn more.