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.

get involved

  • 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.

  • Educator Institute: an immersion in service-learning, March 9-10 in St. Paul, Minnesota, ahead of the National Service-Learning Conference.
  • The 29th National Service-Learning Conference, March 11-13, in St. Paul, Minnesota, “Justice in Action”.
  • The Gathering of Elders, a free event open to the public: March 11, 2018 | 2- 4 p.m. | Saint Paul, MN | InterContinental Riverfront Hotel
  • Learn more about NYLC's trainings and events.
  • We Have a Story to Tell

    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.


    What is service-learning?

    Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs.

    Picking up trash on a river bank is service.
    Studying water samples under a microscope is learning.
    When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency – that is service-learning.

    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.