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In Truth, We Do Not Have National Service

April 17, 2014

The following has been shared with permission from Joe Follman, George Washington University

Dear Mr. Dionne:


April 17, 2014

The 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference and 26th Global Youth Service Day has come and gone but the memories will last a lifetime.


250 youth and adults advocate during a MONUMENTAL Capitol Hill Day

Cassandra Lin awes attendees at the opening plenary session.

The Trick is Not to Forget

April 16, 2014

Last week marked the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®, and the second Conference I have attended. If you were there (or just following along on Twitter), you heard a lot of great sound bites. “Youth are not the leaders of tomorrow; youth are the leaders of today.” “Young people aren’t just capable of changing the world. In fact, they’re the only ones that ever have.”

And every single person meant what they said. We in the field believe in service-learning because we know it as an effective strategy to develop youth leadership. The words spoken over the course of the Conference weren't lip service, they were a belief, and it served as a stark reminder to me that I was falling short. I work at the National Youth Leadership Council®, and yes, we are a youth-serving organization, but do I utilize youth as resources every day? No.

#MONUMENTAL14 Takes Shape

April 8, 2014

The energy, passion, and spirit of service that drives the National Service-Learning Conference® every year has officially landed in Washington, D.C. At the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, #MONUMENTAL14 is taking shape.

At the Exhibit Hall, volunteers from UPS packed MONUMENTAL Conference materials — including the 2014 Program Guide, which will detail everything attendees need to know from workshop hours, locations, and descriptions, to schedules and speakers at the Plenary Sessions, and an Exhibitor Listing, which will help attendees navigate the Hall and learn more about what each exhibitor is presenting.

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