From the Blog
What a great day for national service! It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures.
Last month I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco to attend the Shinnyo-en Foundation’s annual retreat. The Foundation is a long standing partner to NYLC and the National Service-Learning Conference, as well as a strong advocate for service-learning. The Foundation hosts the retreat each year in order to provide a very meaningful opportunity to connect with people in the fields of service-learning and youth development as well as to think deeply about your own personal, cultural, and spiritual roots.
Conference calls and Facebook messages galore -- all leading up to the big week! As we all gathered in Massachusetts at YMCA Camp Hi-Rock for the first ever Born Brave Youth Retreat hosted by the Born This Way Foundation, we didn’t really know what was about to happen. BTWF is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.
In 1990 my wife Pamela and I joined a small classroom of people attending the very first National Service-Learning Conference®. To this day I gratefully remember how presenters like Jim Kielsmeier and Cynthia Parsons opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about education. Inspired, I’ve presented at every National Service-Learning Conference since and found new adventure, friendship, and learning on an annual basis.