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.

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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.

Develop Young Leaders

We tap into the passion of young people to address issues that matter to us all. From improving communities to reforming education, we work with youth to cultivate civic skills and raise platforms necessary for young leaders to flourish

Support Educators

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

Advance the Field

We are changing the world with young people. Each year, we convene leaders, grow national visibility for service-learning, report on cutting-edge research, and advocate for public 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.


Featured Opportunities


November 9 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | TIES Conference Center | Saint Paul, MN

Connecting curriculum with genuine community needs makes content meaningful and relevant to students while providing real world experience. Service-learning takes learning outside the classroom walls while meeting academic objectives. Join us for this interactive, two-hour workshop to learn more about high-quality service-learning and how it enhances current teaching practice and student engagement. CEUs will be provided.

Register for this free training opportunity. Funded by Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


December 7 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | TIES Conference Center | Saint Paul, MN

Promoting youth voice and choice in the classroom is key to effective and sustainable partnerships that will lead to a better educational experiences for young people. This interactive, two-hour workshop proposes Roger Hart’s Ladder of Participation as an evaluation and planning tool for educators. The Ladder of Participation details levels of youth involvement in classrooms and youth programs, from the lowest level of “manipulation” to the highest level of youth-initiated activities with youth-adult shared decision-making. CEUs will be provided.

Register for this free training opportunity. Funded by Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
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