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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Join us in action. The 29th National Service-Learning Conference, Justice in Action, will provide the tools, resources, ideas, and support you need to return home and make positive changes in your schools and communities.

  • Attend the conference. Scholarships are available!
  • Submit a workshop proposal
  • Become a sponsor or join the exhibit hall
  • Nominate a leader in the field for the National Service-Learning Awards

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

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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


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

    This interactive, two-hour workshop proposes Roger Hart’s Ladder of Participation as an evaluation and planning tool for educators. 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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