NYLC Welcomes New Fellows

NYLC is pleased to announce the addition of three NYLC staff; professional development fellow Amelia Harman, research fellow Joe Schantz, and Youth Initiatives fellow Justin VerMeer. All three staff will serve one-year terms to support the expansion of the organization’s programs and initiatives and build organizational capacity.







Justin VerMeer Justin VerMeer, a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a bachelor of arts in biology, joins NYLC as the Youth Initiatives fellow. In this capacity, Justin provides support to NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council, facilitates youth trainings, and will coordinate the 2012 National Youth Leadership Training.

In college, Justin became interested in service-learning because of the inherent sustainability it brings to community building and the empowerment it lends to the youth who engage in it.

“I am looking forward to working with and learning from the talented folks here at the NYLC and the youth from across the nation who all bring diverse perspectives and interests to our common desire to improve the world,” says Justin.

To learn more about Justin, read his staff bio.


Amelia Harman

Amelia Harman is a recent graduate, holding a bachelor of arts in English and creative writing from Bates College, and joins NYLC as the professional development fellow. Amelia supports programs in various capacities, including the development of trainings and resources.

Her first experience with service-learning was as an intern at The Community School, a service-oriented school for at-risk high school students where contributing to the upkeep of the residential school building and preparing community meals was a graduation requirement for the students. At NYLC, she is most excited to keep her passion alive through the organization’s programs and by making connections with people who share her values.

To learn more about Amelia, read her staff bio.


Joe Schantz

Joseph Schantz is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College with a degree in sociology and anthropology and is thrilled to by joining the NYLC staff as the research fellow.  In this role, Joe will assist in analyzing service-learning research and evaluation, and conducting data collection and program evaluation. In addition to service-learning, Joe’s other research interests include educational attainment and the achievement gap, and issues in rural education. 

Joe was initially drawn to service-learning by its potential to complement the liberal arts curriculum and give students like him the opportunity to not only contribute to society in a meaningful way, but also explore vocational interests and skills.

“In some ways I wish I would have learned about NYLC when I was in high school and uncertain of my leadership capacity and altogether dissatisfied with the outcomes of my education,” Joe says. “I think NYLC has the potential to help young people discover their own agency, and see that positively represented in their communities.  I’m thrilled to be a part of that process.”

To learn more about Joe, read his staff bio.