We meet you where you are and take you where you want to be.

We offer educators effective, customized professional development, whether you work in a school environment or community-based organization, hands-on with youth, or in administration. We also have more than 30 years of youth leadership development experience, providing young people opportunities whether they are just getting started in service-learning, sharpening their focus on education equity, or targeting a goal of greater communities through youth leadership. NYLC training staff work with you to create trainings to perfectly match your needs.


Sample training opportunities listed below.

Foundational Service-Learning Workshop for Educators

SL101: Designing Academically Rigorous Service-Learning

When used in combination with a backwards design curriculum development process, service-learning has the ability for students to meet academic learning targets, positively impact their community, and gain leadership skills.  Trainings are developed based on the current experience level of participants and use adult learning theory to utilize and honor the knowledge in the room.

Participants will:

  • Develop an academically aligned service-learning unit plan including rigorous assessments
  • Experience activities that are replicable in the classroom
  • Understand how to incorporate students in to the development and implementation of a service-learning unit
  • Receive tools and templates to use during the training and in their own practice

SL200-Level Workshops for Educators

NYLC offers a series of one – two day onsite workshops focused on advanced practices in service-learning implementation. The workshops, facilitated by a NYLC expert trainer with specialized knowledge and experience, focus on such topics as youth adult partnerships, student-led learning, civic learning, youth leadership, and equity and diversity.  These workshops are designed for educators who have a base of knowledge in the practice of service-learning.

SL202:  Youth Adult Partnerships

Positive Youth Development is an approach that guides youth workers in the way they organize services and supports so that all young people have spaces for healthy development.  PYD uses a strengths-based approach, works with young people and not for them, creates long-term development support, extends support and opportunities to all young people rather than focusing on a targeted few, and brings together a full community to work collaboratively.

Participants will:

  • Learn and discuss the challenges young people face on a daily basis
  • Challenge myths about the abilities of young people
  • Practice scaffolding
  • Develop a model of positive youth work
SL203: Climbing the Ladder to Meaningful Youth-Adult Partnerships

This interactive workshop proposes Roger Hart’s Ladder of Participation as an evaluation and planning tool for youth workers and educators.  The Ladder of Participation details levels of youth involvement in classrooms and youth programs, from the lowest level of Manipulation to the highest level of Youth Initiated Shared Decisions with Adults.

Participants will:

  • Assess the role of youth voice in their current programs and classrooms
  • Collaborate in teams
  • Develop action steps towards creating more meaningful youth-adult partnerships in their work
SL204:  Student-Led Learning

Placing students at the center of their own learning requires their voice in why, what, and how learning experiences take shape.  In a student-led class, the room is designed to suit the student’s needs and teachers act more like coaches. This interactive workshop explores what high-quality youth adult partnerships look like in the classroom and the school.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to unpack academic standards with students
  • Develop the skills to co-create rubrics and assessments with students
  • Discuss and plan for the fear and anxiety that may come from the student-led learning classroom
SL205: Cultivating Inquiry

When young people generate their own questions and harness their curiosity about a subject, their engagement, ownership, and contributions increase. Join us to learn more about the power and impact of questioning and youth voice in youth-work settings. Organizations that foster cultures of inquiry help young people to build skills that transfer across content areas and beyond to college and career settings.

Participants will:

  • Experience three ways to launch inquiry with young people
  • Identify ways to incorporate inquiry into their own youth work
SL206:  Power and Privilege

Power and privilege dynamics are embedded in our everyday lives, and the topic of power is especially relevant to historically marginalized social groups who struggle daily for access to power.  Through identifying and naming these struggles for power as they play out within youth work, we may grow closer to creating a more just and equitable society.

Participants will:

  • Engage in a power and privilege simulation
  • Explicitly name power relationships and determine personal action steps to shift those relationships
  • Develop skills to better facilitate complex conversations
  • Practice deep listening as a tool for understanding

Developing Young Leaders Series: Professional Development for Youth

DYL201:  Youth Leadership Training

This half-day training seeks to empower young people as leaders.  Young people have rarely been seen as change-makers, but when given the opportunity to lead and to be civically engaged, young people rise to the challenge.  NYLC’s Youth Leadership Training creates a space for young people to identify and foster their own strengths, recognize and admire the assets of others, and approach difference with curiosity and collaboration rather than fear.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of their own leadership style
  • Strengthen their ability to work together with people from different backgrounds
DYL202:  Youth Service-Learning Training

This full-day training builds upon NYLC’s Youth Leadership Training by developing the service-learning practice of youth participants to effectively create change.  In addition to learning about leadership styles and effective group collaboration, participants will understand how to put their leadership skills to use.  This training guides participants through the IPARD cycle and equips participants with the tools they need to create an impactful service-learning project. 

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of their own leadership style
  • Strengthen their ability to work together with people from different backgrounds
  • Leave with tools to lead and create change in their communities
DYL203:  Developing Civic Leaders

Young people have the ability and responsibility to make positive change in their community.  This multiple-day training builds upon the Youth Leadership Training and Youth Service-Learning Training.  In addition to learning about leadership styles, effective group communication, and service-learning, participants learn specific methods of identifying and addressing issues that they see as a need in their community through community investigation and partnership-building.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of their own leadership style
  • Strengthen their ability to work together with people from different backgrounds
  • Leave with tools to lead and create change in their communities
  • Learn how to identify and develop meaningful relationships with community partners
  • Participate in a community mapping exercise to determine assets and needs of their community
  • Identify root causes of problems in their community to address systemic issues
  • Discover how to address community problems through different types of service including direct, indirect, and advocacy