That all young people become civically informed and engaged global citizens by participating in service-learning during their formative years.


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

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  • K-12, higher education, and community-based organizations listservs for service-learning.
  • Subscribe to NYLC newsletters, The Leader and GSN News & Updates for field news and unique professional development opportunities.

  • Join the Generator School Network, an online service-learning resource for youths and educators of all stripes.

    Learn more about NYLC's trainings and events.
  • 30th Annual National Service-Learning Conference

    Nurturing Learning, Growing Leaders

    Join educators, students, nonprofit leaders, government officials, administrators from across the country and around the world at the 30th Annual National Service-Learning conference: Nurturing Learners, Growing Leaders, April 14-16, 2019, Philadelphia, P.A.

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    What is service-learning?

    Service-learning is democracy in action. It’s young people taking notice of inequities where they see them, and taking steps to address them. It’s educators joining in partnership with students, to make education fair and meaningful for all. It’s problems that need solving – environmental justice, economic justice, human rights – solved by those least likely to be asked to solve them, but to whom those solutions matter most.

    What makes it work?

    Successful service-learning is a multifaceted teaching and learning process. Though each service-learning project is uniquely tailored to meet specific learning goals and community needs, several elements are critical for success. These elements are the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice.

    Go deeper with the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice.