Welcome to the National Service-Learning Conference!

From Passion to Action

Experience The National Service-Learning Conference® – the largest and most comprehensive global convening for service-learning educators, nonprofit leaders, administrators, students, and more! This annual event is inspiring and engaging, and will rejuvenate your passion, encouraging you to take action to make meaningful change happen.

You and your student team are invited to move from passion to action as you experience:

  • 100+ engaging and invigorating sessions to help you learn, grow, and connect
  • Networking, connection, and team-building opportunities with hundreds of educators, students, nonprofit leaders, afterschool professionals, and more

  • Opportunities for innovation by attending Lightning Talks, Student Showcases, and Exhibitor Showcases

  • A service-learning field trip to enrich your understanding of service-learning

  • The latest trends and research in quality service-learning programming

  • The Power of Young People Youth Leadership Summit including interviews with youth leaders, Q&A sessions, and expert panels

  • Opportunities to experience guest speakers, authors, special events, and entertainment that will inspire you to create change

You will leave the conference with the tools and resources, ideas and inspiration to return home to improve your practice, your school, and your community!

Upcoming Deadlines – Coming soon!
  • Student Showcase: TBA
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: TBA
  • Late Registration Deadline: TBA
  • Hotel Group Reservation Deadline: TBA
  • Onsite Registration Begins: TBA
Conference Resources – Coming soon!
  • Registration Flyer

  • Sponsor & Exhibitor Brochure

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

“I enjoyed connecting with others in the service-learning field; this conference provided the space for growth and development from dialogue about our shared challenges!”

-2023 Conference attendee

“This was a great opportunity to learn how service-learning, education, and youth development overlap.”

-2023 Conference attendee

Conference Features

Plenary Sessions are where the conference community comes together for inspiration and learning. Plenary Sessions will feature youth emcees, a local welcome, keynote speakers, entertainment, and more!  From the opening bell to the closing of the final day, Plenary Sessions are designed to motivate, uplift, and inspire you to action.

Workshops are the heart of the conference, providing skill-building for youth and adults alike. These interactive, engaged learning sessions are designed for a variety of levels and audiences engaged in service-learning. Session topics are selected for breadth and depth, and include service-learning basics, best practices, current and emerging issues, and how to’s.

Interact directly with speakers in an intimate small group setting, focused on one essential point. In 20-minute Lightning Talks, speakers will share their ideas, projects, and findings with participants, presenting for 10 minutes and allowing 10 minutes for interaction.

The Showcase highlights high-quality service-learning from across the country presented by student leaders, describing their experience. You will hear how they investigated community needs, planned and prepared, took action, reflected, and demonstrated their work and its impact.

Join a Wisdom Circle to help answer questions that advance the field of service-learning. The facilitation team will gather your input on issues including policy, innovation, political polarization, and social justice. A summary report will be published by NYLC following the conference and be made available to all Conference attendees and will guide work on resources and advocacy for youth and community impacts through service-learning.

Each year, the Conference culminates with a Day of Service, joining with local partners to serve and celebrate. This fun and engaging day will bring Conference participants together to serve, opening with a mini learning session on the service topic and closing with a whole-group reflection. Stay tuned for more details.

The Conference is a great place to find valuable services and products to meet your needs. From curricula to technology, you’ll find new ideas from our exhibitors.

Throughout the conference there will be ample opportunity for attendees to come together and meet people from around the world. Don’t miss out on the opening evening reception that will provide a sample of all Nashville has to offer. 

Calling all Youth! Don’t miss the evening fun in the youth room! A space designed by and for youth!

The National Service-Learning Conference®

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • K-12 Teachers
  • Youth
  • K-12 Principals
  • K -12 Assistant Principals
  • Other K-12 Administrators
  • School Counselors
  • National Service Organizations
  • Community-Based Organization Staff
  • Afterschool Program Leaders

  • Afterschool Program Staff
  • Higher Ed Faculty
  • Higher Ed Administrators
  • Researchers
  • AmeriCorps Members
All Children Thrive           Asia Association for Experiential Education           Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation           Ben Franklin Elementary School (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)           Be Strong Families           Civil Air Patrol, USAF           Crown College           Communities in Schools, Michigan           Delaware Afterschool Network           The Ernest E. Kennedy Center           Harlem Children's Zone           The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Kent State           King County Library           Louisiana ASP           Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning           Magnified Giving           Massachusetts Service Commission           Metro State University           Minnesota Online High School           My Path           Monticello High School           Orono High School           PEAK Parent Center           PH International           Philadelphia Charters for Excellence           Points of Light Foundation           Renaissance Academy           Rotary International           The Studio School