Onwards Down the #Youth4Ed Path

At the 2015 National Youth Leadership Training last month, the Youth4Education campaign found its Lead Activists in twenty-two young leaders ready to change their communities with service-learning. Launching with the inspiration and knowledge gathered from the experience, the #Youth4Ed Lead Activists are prepared to take action with projects geared toward advancing education equity and mitigating the factors that impede it.

“My greatest takeaway from the 2015 NYLT is that everyone has the ability to inspire change. You don’t have to just talk about doing it; you have the power to make change happen. I plan to be one of them.” — Merrit Jones (pictured center)

Youth4Education is a youth-driven solution to inequity in education. Fueled by the power of service-learning, which provides youth an active role in their own education, attending school becomes meaningful and relevant; youth apply academic skills to real problems, creating schools that become community centers of learning, where residents become resources. As our Lead Activists launch their service-learning projects, now, more than ever, #Youth4Ed needs your voice — isn’t it time you shared it?

“By the end of the 2015 NYLT, I felt as if I had been pushed out of my boundaries as a leader and out of my comfort zone. I feel like a leader who not only has big ideas, but the bravery to advocate for what I believe is right.” — Nadya Okamoto (pictured above)

You do not need to be a Lead Activist to get involved with Youth4Education. Take the #Youth4Ed Pledge — for young leaders or for their adult allies — to commit yourself, your ideas, and your passion to support initiatives in your community working to advance education equity. Like Youth4Education on Facebook and follow NYLC on Twitter to launch conversations about education equity and to share your passion with friends, family, and everyone in between. Use the #Youth4Ed hashtag on social media to demonstrate your support.

Do you know a young leader already making change in your community? Nominate them for a National Service-Learning Award to be given at Educate. Ignite. Transform., the 27th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®.