We believe youth are uniquely equipped to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Youth as Solutions (YAS) is a national program that utilizes service-learning as a strategy to engage students in generating positive change in their communities. It provides professional development for adult K-12 educators in schools and nonprofits, youth leadership development for students, and monthly support and resources – including $1000 grants – for service-learning implementation during the school year!

Qualities of Successful Applicants

  • A Leadership Team of two youth and one adult committed to work in partnership to make change in their school and community. The Leadership Team will recruit a Site Team, or a larger group of youth, to work on the project (i.e., an entire class, club, etc.).

  • A sponsoring organization that is a school or nonprofit 501(c)3 organization to provide support and act as fiscal agent.

  • Organized, responsive, and dedicated individuals that will follow through from Fall – Spring.

  • Commitment to tackling an issue important to your community, working with the community and national experts to bring about positive change.


  • Leadership team attends: the virtual kick-off orientation, the virtual International Service-Learning Forum in the Fall, and virtual trainings once a month to help teams grow and connect! (Site Team members are also highly encouraged to attend.)

  • Site Team members will conduct a community investigation, submit a service-learning project plan, and implement the project plan to address an issue in your community.

  • Communicate through Google Classroom with NYLC staff and other teams in your cohort.

  • All youth Site Team Members must complete both a pre and post survey to measure impacts.

  • Help share your story locally, regionally, and nationally! NYLC is proud to promote the amazing work your youth-led team is doing to produce positive change in your community!


  • Opportunity to make a difference in your community!

  • Leadership experience (gain service hours, build your resumé, and much more).

  • Professional development for educators and students on high-quality service-learning and youth leadership topics.

  • $1,000 grants to implement the project in your community.

  • Opportunity to present at the National Service-Learning Conference (for selected teams, registration and travel expenses are paid for two youth and one adult)!

  • National recognition by the National Youth Leadership Council and other partners

The application period for the 2022-23 school year is closed. Please check back in the fall!