Curriculum & Training Specialist
Sarah Bassett has a background as an instructional coach and high school English teacher, which serves her well in her role as she designs service-learning curriculum, creates training materials, and facilitates training sessions with school districts across the country. Sarah is passionate about the work of NYLC because youth interests, choices, and leadership are at the center of every endeavor.
Sarah graduated with a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a certificate in Teaching Writing and Critical Literacy from the University of Minnesota. Sarah graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in music and English education. Sarah also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Minnesota Writing Project.
Professional Development Director
Elizabeth Koenig began her career with NYLC in 2008 as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and continues her work leading NYLC’s Professional Development team. She currently supports NYLC’s efforts in developing young leaders and supporting educators by developing and delivering trainings for educators and young people, coordinating nationwide efforts to support out-of-school time service-learning, and leading NYLC’s efforts to integrate service-learning in school districts around the country. Elizabeth previously led NYLC’s STEM and Teen Driver Safety program areas. Elizabeth graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Marketing & Communications Associate
Kate Krug is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she earned her degree in magazine journalism with a concentration in art. Hailing from the Hawkeye State, she’s worked all over the United States, from California to Alabama to here in the Twin Cities. Kate has experience working for multiple platforms, including print publications, online media, and nonprofits. She looks forward to making a difference in the lives of young people at NYLC.
Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO of the National Youth Leadership Council, a national nonprofit organization that works to create leadership opportunities for young people to address issues they are passionate about, Amy brings more than a decade of service-learning experience to the organization. Her passion and commitment to young people is evident through her leadership of the National Service-Learning Conference for the past thirteen years, her commentary through articles and blog posts, as well as her own volunteer activities. Prior to joining NYLC, Amy spent 10 years in the insurance industry working in claims, risk control, marketing, and event planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Globe University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation in partnership with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the National Human Services Assembly. She is committed to transforming community into classroom and inspiring all young people to Serve. Learn. Change the world.®
Digital Engagement Manager
Marcus Penny is a 2010 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, holding a bachelor’s degree in political science. This former congressional intern and perennial campaign volunteer diverged from politics in 2011 when he decided to spend a year in service with the AmeriCorps LEAP Initiative, an early childhood program that focuses on social and emotional development.
His passion for community-driven work led him to NYLC in 2012, where he has since served in numerous capacities supporting programs, events, marketing, communications, and IT. There’s a bit of all that in his current role as Digital Engagement Manager. He unwinds by obsessively dissecting his favorite films, playing live music, and keeping up with his toddler.
Program & Training Coordinator
Hannah Reece served as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at NYLC from September 2015 until July 2016. In August 2016, she became NYLC’s Program and Training Coordinator. She provides outreach and support for the Youth4Education campaign and develops resources and tools for use in NYLC trainings.
Hannah graduated with a master of education in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota in December of 2016. She loves learning about alternative pedagogies and is passionate about creating a more equitable education experience for all young people.
In the rare moments Hannah is not involved directly in youth work (and often even when she is), you can find her in the nearest sunny spot. Her spare time is spent hiking, biking, running, rollerblading, swimming, doing yoga, playing piano, and taste-testing every bite of sushi Minneapolis has to offer.
Youth Engagement & Events Manager
Jason Stewart joined the NYLC team in the summer of 2011 as a member of the Conference and Events department and now serves as the Youth Engagement & Events Manager. In this role, Jason manages the National Service-Learning Conference, National Youth Leadership Training, and NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council. Jason is committed to developing young leaders and creating meaningful event experiences!
Jason graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, with a degree in sociology. Jason serves as the District Administrator for the Minnesota-Dakotas Circle K District. In this capacity, Jason works with college student leaders engaged in service, leadership, and fellowship. In his free time Jason enjoys beating his friends at board games, a good cup of coffee, walking around the lakes, and cheering on his favorite reality show contestants!
Youth Initiatives Promise Fellow
MaryKathyrine Tran is a 2014 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and English combined with a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. Immediately following graduation, MaryKathyrine moved to central Maine to serve a year with AmeriCorps VISTA from 2014-2015 working on capacity building within a local girl-serving organization by providing resources for parents, community members, and educators to better serve girls, create empowering spaces, and bolster girl-driven activism efforts.
MaryKathyrine is now serving her second year of service as an AmeriCorps member through the Minnesota Alliance With Youth as a Promise Fellow. She is excited to have the privilege to work with young leaders by serving as a resource for them as they find their voices, are given agency in their own lives, and realize the power they have to change their world.
In her spare time, MaryKathyrine enjoys listening to alternative rock music, swimming, and spending as much time in the sunshine as she can.