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November-December Service-Learning Digest 2019

Posted By NYLC, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Happy New Year!

As students and teachers return from winter break, it's time to look back on the past few months in service-learning as we go forward into 2020. Let's look at a few examples of the incredible service-learning projects happening across the nation.


UMass Lowell physical therapy students learn by teaching

Through interactive games and instructional lessons, physical therapy students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell partnered with a local high school to teach students wellness strategies and important health information. The college students learned how to interest and empower the high school students they were educating, and built strong, productive partnerships between college and high school students.

Read more at UMass Lowell News


Tulane, Louisiana service learning class brings hands-on science to the visually impaired

Geologist Nicole Gasparini and her students shared their love of science with middle schoolers at Louisiana Lighthouse, a school for visually impaired students, through interactive exhibits designed to teach geological concepts through touch alone. By meeting students' individual needs and reaching out to partners within the community, Gasparini and her students learned about education as they taught about lava flow and earthquakes.

Read more at Tulane University News


Greenfield High School students participate in Community Service Learning Day

Service-learning is a process, but it begins with projects, however small. Over the winter, students at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Mass. participated in their fourth annual Community Service Learning Day, knitting scarves for those in need and volunteering their time reading books at their local library. Students worked together to build their community and learn by giving back.

Read more at The Greenfield Recorder


High school class partners with Cazenovia College Inclusion program

Community partnerships are key to effective service-learning. By partnering with a local college's program for adults with developmental disabilities, students at Cazenovia High School built leadership skills and fostered positive relationships, providing adults with disabilities meaningful experiences and breaking down the social stigma surrounding disability.

Read more at Eagle News Online


Kids Who Code builds community partnerships and teaches coding

At the New Jersey Institute of Technology, commitment to service-learning is high. NJIT students partnered with local elementary and high schools to teach programming skills through meaningful one-on-one tutoring, and helped younger students prepare for a rapidly shifting economy while learning about something they enjoyed.

Read more at The Vector


University of Arkansas Nursing School Starts Intergenerational Service-Learning Experience

In order to ensure that her nursing students would be prepared to meet their community's needs, professor Lori Murray added a service-learning aspect to her class, pairing her students with older adult mentors in the community. Students bridged generational gaps and prepared themselves to listen to their patients' needs while learning to move past stereotypes of older adults.

Read more at University of Arkansas News


We hope you commit to bringing service-learning to your communities this year. May 2020 be a year of serving, learning, and changing the world!

Tags:  2019  service-learning  service-learning digest  youth leadership 

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2019: A Year of Renewal

Posted By NYLC, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

By: Amy Meuers, NYLC CEO


At the National Youth Leadership Council, we develop young people to be civically informed and engaged global citizens who strive to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. We believe in the power of youth and adults working together, in partnership, to tap into the passion, creativity, and ingenuity of all young people to make meaningful change happen.


In 2019, we have seen young people making powerful, lasting change around the world.  Just two weeks ago, 16 year-old Greta Thunberg was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her unwavering commitment to move world leaders to address climate change. Greta has inspired millions of people – both young and young at heart – from across the globe to lend their voices in protest against the lack of action on climate change.  


2020 National Service-Learning Conference keynote speaker, Ekansh Tambe, is a high school sophomore in Texas educating people on the issue of immigration. Through his amazing photography, he chronicles the fence, the culture, and the people along most of the 1,900 miles of the US-Mexican land border. The project educates through the stories of the border security, the residents, immigrants, and federal agents.


Also this month, NYLC’s  very own Youth Advisory Council member Carmen Lopez Villamil was quoted on the front page of the New York Times for her activism for school integration. Carmen attends Beacon High School in New York where she leads a Youth4Education club and helped to organize a strike against the school’s admittance practices.  These young voices, along with the millions of others who stood with them, are making meaningful change happen.


Youth4Education is a youth-led movement to advance education equity through service-learning by creating safe spaces for vulnerable discussions, turning discussion into action, creating positive youth-adult, and improving school climate. Through Youth4Ed, NYLC reached more than 1,600 students directly in 2019.


We also had the opportunity to extend our impact this year in the Afterschool Service-Learning initiative through a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. NYLC supports  the advancement of service-learning with seven state networks including:


  • OregonAsk
  • Michigan Afterschool Partnership
  • New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition
  • Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network
  • Tennessee Afterschool Network
  • Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership


These partnerships have ensured that thousands of students are exposed to service-learning and the multitude of benefits that it brings including academic, 21st Century, leadership, and social emotional skills because they are physically out in the community, making real change happen. It demonstrates that afterschool programs are developing the next generation of engaged and informed citizens who are ready to address community needs.


In addition to our work in afterschool settings, NYLC’s teen driver safety program Project Ignition engaged more than 2,087 students indirectly impacting more than 700,000 people across twenty sites. These teams of students and their adult allies addressed teen-driver safety issues and empowered youth to lead campaigns that make measurable differences in their schools, their communities, and beyond. NYLC is honored to partner with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to continue this vital work in 2020; saving even more lives through service-learning.


Whether advancing service-learning through our annual National Service-Learning Conference; delivering uniquely tailored trainings; creating tool-kits, handbooks, and resources; administering the Service-Learning Network; or by growing programs; NYLC worked alongside our partners and funders to engage more than 300,000 people to create meaningful, lasting change in communities across the globe in 2019. We are excited to see where 2020 takes us as we work with you to “Serve. Learn. Change the world.”!


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Tags:  2019  National Service-Learning Conference  Project Ignition  service-learning  youth leadership  Youth4Education 

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