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More Powerful Together: Do Your Part and Present!

September 23, 2014

As I was registering for this year’s National Service-Learning Conference, I got to thinking about the theme for the upcoming conference in Washington D.C., namely “more powerful together.”  That’s a very suggestive phrase, to my mind, and it speaks to many issues affecting our educational landscape at the present moment.  For service-learning as a pedagogy, it signifies the reality that our practitioners really only have ourselves to rely on these days to advance our field and practice, especially so after the demise of the Learn and Serve programs.  It also suggests that an

A Part of the AmeriCorps Family

September 17, 2014

Last Friday, I emceed Minnesota’s 20th anniversary AmeriCorps celebration at the Mall of America. More than 1,000 AmeriCorps members, alums, fans, and friends gathered in MOA’s rotunda – a space often reserved for Jennifer Lawrence and the Hunger Games cast or One Direction. But they were stuck with me. And what made me so special that I would be chosen as master of ceremonies? That’s just it: nothing.

I know I made a difference in the lives of the kids I encountered, serving in a Head Start preschool classroom, working to develop the necessary social and emotional skills kids need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. I also know I’m not the only one. In Minnesota this year alone, more than 3,000 AmeriCorps members, aged 17 to 75, are serving in communities, connecting with young people, and getting things done for America. I took the stage as their proxy, representing the ordinary people committing themselves to do extraordinary things during their year in service.

Meet the YAC: Chelsi McFarland

September 17, 2014

In the upcoming weeks you can get to know NYLC’s 2014 – 2016 Youth Advisory Council through the blog series: Meet the YAC. We believe you will enjoy getting to know this outstanding group of young people, just as much as we do.

Chelsi McFarland is a high school senior from Pearland, TX, and she is passionate about social change and advancing youth voice and leadership. Her passion stems from a desire to better her peers: “I have a passion for motivating my peers to become the best versions of themselves by encouraging them to take full advantage of the plethora of opportunities around them.” This sort of passion for the development of others by means of self-realization is inspirational.

A Day of Great Hope and Promise

September 12, 2014

What a great day for national service!  It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures.

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