We firmly believe in education equity: fairness, inclusion, and opportunity in education. Youth4Education is a youth-led movement to advance education equity through service-learning.
How it works:
Young people and adult allies join together to raise awareness on issues of education equity around the world. Students cultivate projects that address inequities and form Youth4Education clubs, with support from NYLC staff and YAC members. Some students attend NYLT, a social justice-focused training camp powering a generation of leaders.
How to get involved:
Take the pledge. Youth4Education Pledge Takers are both youth and adults who support the mission of Youth4Ed, but don’t have the time to take a larger role in the campaign. Upon taking the pledge, Pledges receive quarterly Youth4Ed updates from NYLC and can always upgrade to a higher level of commitment. View the youth and adult pledge in its entirety here: Youth Pledge, Adult Pledge.
Become an Ambassador. Youth4Education Ambassadors are youth formally-recognized by NYLC as leaders advancing education equity in their own communities through a service-learning project or in some other significant way, such as starting a Youth4Education club at their school. Ambassadors receive information and resources from NYLC, like the Take Action Toolkit and professional development webinars, but are not eligible for grants for their projects. Upon completion of a service-learning project centered on education equity or other significant achievement, Ambassadors receive an award acknowledging their success and are formally recognized on the Youth4Ed website. Ambassadors are not required to attend our summer National Youth Leadership Training, but have the opportunity to apply for NYLT scholarships.
Become a Lead Activist. Like Ambassadors, Youth4Ed Lead Activists receive support from NYLC throughout the year as they develop a service-learning project centered around education equity. At this level of commitment, Lead Activists must attend NYLT to be considered. For additional project guidance, Lead Activists are paired with a YAC member (see below) whom they can meet with monthly and submit progress reports to. In addition to the resources also provided to Ambassadors, Lead Activists are able to apply for grants to help fund their projects. Lead Activists are profiled on the website and are selected through an application process on a rolling basis.
Join the Youth Advisory Council. The YAC is a group of young servant-leaders that are the visioning force behind Youth4Education. They advise NYLC on the direction of the campaign. YAC members must attend NYLT, and co-lead future NYLT programming. Each YAC member meets regularly with one or more Lead Activists to check in on their project and offer resources. They also receive funding for transportation to the National Service-Learning Conference and serve as NYLC representatives at the conference. YAC members are selected through an application process. A YAC term lasts two years.