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National Service-Learning Conference
Mark your calendars for the opportunity to improve your practice, increase your leadership skills, and further your commitment to changing communities and the world – the National Service-Learning Conference and Global Youth Service Day!
Monumental, co-hosted by YSA (Youth Service America), provides more than workshops and keynote addresses; it is an extension of the classroom, allowing for the youth and adult attendees to be part of something bigger. Both youth and adults gain the tools, resources, ideas, and inspiration to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities. 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 youth development, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the challenges facing us today.
The conference brings together more than 1,000 attendees from across the United States and many other countries: a mix of innovative teachers who engage their youth in creative, meaningful contributions to society, school administrators who are committed to systematic change, researchers who investigate the direct connection between service-learning and graduation rates, policy-makers who take these messages to the Hill, and young leaders making a positive change throughout the world.
Highlights for the 2014 conference include:
- Thought-provoking addresses from internationally recognized leaders, educational professionals, and young people
- Professional development opportunities in 90-minute workshop sessions
- Youth leadership trainings for and by youth
- Skill building sessions
- Successful project sharing and feedback opportunities
- Off-site service-learning opportunities in Washington D.C.
- An exciting exhibit hall showcasing businesses, nonprofit organizations, and schools
- A showcase of service-learning projects from around the world
- Networking opportunities galore through networking breakfasts and after-hours receptions
- Participation in Global Youth Service Day
- Guided advocacy opportunity on Capitol Hill
Forty percent of attendees are young people, attending as part of a group with their adult advocate.
If you are a:
…this conference is for you! No matter your role, if you are a young person or a person who works with young people, this is a conference experience you won't want to miss!
How can you get involved?
- Make a commitment to attend. Send a group of youth and adults from your school or organization. 69% of conference participants attend as a part of a group
- Book a room at the headquarter hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park, at $229/night, plus tax
- Showcase your organization in the Exhibit Hall (application available in September)
- Submit a Service-Learning Showcase application or workshop proposal (application available in June)
- Become an affiliate (application available in June)
- Join a planning committee of the National Service-Learning Conference (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
What your peers say about this event.
Working as a district service-learning coordinator, sometimes it becomes easy to get bogged down in single project details and individual building needs. This conference provides an opportunity to explore, in depth, both specific technical needs and "big picture" connections needed to create a healthy, integrated and sustainable vision for district-wide Service Learning instruction. The increasingly evident turn towards the instructional/academic benefits of Service Learning, in addition to student engagement benefits, is a most welcome development and very evident at this conference.
Service-Learning Coordinator and Coach, Mounds View Public Schools, Minn.
The experience and knowledge gained from this conference is unparalleled to any other conference readily available for the valuable field of service-learning.
Teen Attorney, Pima County Teen Court, Ariz.
This conference inspires you by showcasing the power of youth advocates, and the ability of youth leaders. I gained valuable insight for justifying and advocating for service learning in my own community.
Assistant Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, Grand Valley State University, Mich.
The opportunity to explore and develop new ideas at the National Service-Learning Conference has helped our school's service-learning program to be more meaningful and effective. I feel like our students really grow as leaders through service-learning.
4th Grade Teacher and Service-Learning Coordinator, Abington Friends School, Penn.
The conference opened my eyes, allowing me to see the difference between community service and service-learning projects … I now see the importance of student voice in planning, implementing, and reflecting. Service-learning projects are not to be viewed as another thing to add on to our existing expectations, but a way to actively engage students in rigorous and relevant learning of current priority standards.
Elementary Teacher, Cecil Floyd Elementary, Missouri