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Meet the YAC: Isaiah Lewis

October 13, 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.

Isaiah Lewis, a senior at First Flight High School in North Carolina’s Dare County, first experienced the power of NYLC’s service-learning and leadership training this past July, and it inspired him to take up the mantle of service with a new brand of intensity. “Engaging in NYLC’s training at William Peace University taught me to recognize the value of not only participating in volunteer work, but learning new skills while doing so,” said Lewis.

Meet the YAC: Connor Kirkpatrick

October 2, 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.

Service-Learning: The Community Building Block

October 2, 2014

I am Zipporah Jean Alaroker from Uganda, working with conflict-affected youth in the areas of livelihood, education, and leadership training through managing the Youth Leadership Project, implemented by Gulu District NGO Forum. I am an IREX Fellow placed with the National Youth Leadership Council. I have worked with and for youth for over five years, and each day of my work is a new experience that inspires me to pursue my passion to contribute to building young community leaders. 

The identity of a community and a nation evidently depends on the nature of its society members and the mode of transmission of knowledge, experiences, and cultural practices from generation to generation. Today, communities are faced with various problems that need to be addressed not only by governments and non-governmental organizations or churches.  Often times, young people are looked at as victims of circumstance and not given the space to actively participate in developing the community they will live to inherit.  I strongly believe that young people have the power and potential to influence change amongst their peers and community at large through SERVICE-LEARNING, which is geared towards the organization of youth to address real world problems in their communities.

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

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