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.



Cultivating Student Inquiry

A free professional development opportunity on November 1. When students generate their own questions and harness their curiosity about a subject, the students’ engagement, ownership, and contributions increase. Join us to learn more about the power and impact of student questioning and student voice in the classroom. Classrooms that foster cultures of student inquiry help students to build skills that transfer across content areas and beyond to college and career settings.

During this free, four-hour training session, participants can expect to receive an introduction to service-learning pedagogy, to participate in three ways to launch inquiry with students, and to identify ways to incorporate inquiry into the classroom.

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Dare to Dream

The 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®
March 22-24, 2017, at Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA
Whether you’re young or young at heart, we’re confident this conference will inspire you to make a difference in the world. Learn more at servicelearningconference.org.

Featured Resources

Teen Driver Safety Best Practices Toolkit

Start saving lives today. This toolkit, developed in partnership with students from around the country, is a free curriculum guide for service-learning projects focused on teen driver safety. Support for this resource was provided by NHTSA, a proud sponsor of NYLC’s long-running initiative, Project Ignition.
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