Advance the Field


NYLC leads the field of service-learning by redefining the role of young people in society. We convene leaders, grow national visibility for service-learning, generate cutting-edge research, and advocate for legislative support.

National Service-Learning Conference®

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The annual National Service-Learning Conference provides more than workshops and keynote addresses; it is an extension of the classroom, allowing for youth and adult attendees to be part of something bigger. Attendees of all ages gain the tools, resources, ideas, and inspiration to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities. National Service-Learning Awards are presented each year at the conference.

K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice

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In 2008, the service-learning field released evidence-based standards and accompanying indicators that K-12 practitioners can use to ensure high-quality service-learning practice. Lift: Raising the Bar for Service-Learning Practice is an online interactive tool that delves into the eight K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice, profiling three schools’ service-learning practice with video and downloadable resources.

Public Policy and Advocacy

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Through collective action on public policy, advocacy, research, and partnerships, NYLC provides leadership to increase the national visibility of service-learning and to gain new champions both on Capitol Hill and in classrooms across the United States.

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