The 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference and the youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (All day) - Saturday, April 14, 2012 (All day)

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Join us for the 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference and the youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference — Our World, Our Future, held April 11-14, 2012, in Minneapolis, Minn. This event celebrates service-learning as a force that engages students in their education, builds communities, and strengthens young people and schools.

The National Service-Learning Conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing more than 2,200 attendees from across the United States and many other countries each year. The conference's multiple day, concurrent session format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, discussion groups and interactive workshops designed specifically for all levels of attendees engaged in service-learning and focused on current and emerging issues, best practices and the challenges facing us today.

The youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference is designed to inspire and engage youth and adults through education, leadership and service to integrate peace making activities into their lives, their communities and the world.

The 2012 conference will feature thought-provoking addresses from internationally recognized education leaders, service-learning professionals, and young people.

Highlights of the 2012 conference include:

  • Professional development opportunities for teachers
  • Training for youth
  • An emphasis on service-learning for STEM education
  • An Administrators Academy for school and district leaders seeking to sustain service-learning
  • An exhibit hall showcasing schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations
  • The Service-Learning Showcase and College Fair
  • The Sixth Annual Service-Learning World Forum
  • The Indigenous Service Forum
  • Networking Opportunities

Who attends?

The conference focuses on service-learning as a way of teaching and learning that builds academic skills and citizenship while addressing community needs in a genuine way. It convenes teachers and other service-learning practitioners, administrators, researchers, policy-makers, youth leaders, parents, program coordinators, national service members, community-based organization staffs, and corporate and foundation officers.

What your peers say about this event.

“The conference is the number one forum for the service-learning field to meet, greet, and exchange ideas on an annual basis. I love the diversity of topics, presentations, special events, and resources offered. The conference provides a spotlight under which I gage the field's progress and identify the needed areas for future growth.”

James Toole, Ph.D.
Compass Institute and University of Minnesota

“The conference is top notch … It thoroughly meets the needs of teachers, administrators, and most importantly the students.”

Nancy DiNunzio
Director of Operations
LEAD Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

“The NSLC is the most valuable conference for service-learning that I have ever attended. The plenary sessions are wonderful, and the workshops help to keep me updated with what's going on around the country in service-learning. Each year I look forward to attending this conference because it always inspires me to see what youth are doing around the world with their service-learning projects.”

Judy Huynh
Box Team Member
Ionia Intermediate School District Ionia, Mich.