Unmask Your Potential - The Virtual Experience

2020 National Service-Learning Conference® The Virtual Experience, April 16-17, 2020

REGISTERED CONFERENCE ATTENDEES: If you registered for the National Service-Learning Conference, you received an email on Tuesday April 14th from Amy Meuers with the login link and instructions. The Conference is full, but sessions are being recorded. When they are ready, an announcement will be posted here as well as in The Leader. To secure a place on the waitlist, please email conference@nylc.org.

Join Experts from Across the Field for This FREE Event

The National Youth Leadership Council is honored to bring you the 31st Annual National Service-Learning Conference Virtual Experience, April 16 – 17, 2020.

This year’s theme is Unmask Your Potential – it’s a call for educators and community members to join in partnership with students to make positive change in the world.

Unmask Your Potential will provide twelve hours of learning opportunities through two-days of thought leader sessions on topics ranging from youth voice and civic engagement to education equity and reflection. The online experience will also include virtual exhibitors and a service project you can do from home, and one lucky winner will receive a Little Free Library kit for your school or community. Whether you are new to service-learning or an experienced practitioner, this conference has something for you.

Check out the great agenda we have designed to help you Unmask Your Potential!

Thursday, April 16




8:30 - 9:30AM CST

The Power of Service-Learning, presented by Amy Meuers, NYLC


10:00 - 11:00AM CST

Exploring Change: One Student's Journey, presented by Ekansh Tambe*


11:30 - 12:30PM CST

Making Your Ideas a Reality: Funding, Planning, and Executing your Service Learning Plan, presented by Jonathan Baynham, The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation


1:00 - 2:00PM CST

Introduction to Service-Learning, presented by Julie Rogers Bascom & Bella Sullivan*, NYLC


2:30 - 3:30PM CST

The Power of International Service-Learning: Enhancing Global Citizenship & Civic Engagement, presented by Molly Alden-Rabenau, Costa Rica Explorations


4:00 -5:00PM CST

Mindful Thought: Creative Reflection in Curriculum, presented by Beth Nickle, Study Alternative High School

Friday, April 17




8:30 - 9:30AM CST

Reaching Your Greatest Potential from the Inside Out, presented by Tara Luckie, Mukilteo, WA


10:00 - 11:00AM CST

Education Equity: Leading the Way, presented by NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council*, panelist include: Tiveeda Stovall, Campus Compact


11:30 - 12:30PM CST

Youth Power in 2020 Elections: How to Make Your Voice Heard, presented by Mike Minks, YSA


1:00 - 2:00PM CST

Climbing the Ladder to Meaningful Youth-Adult Partnerships, presented by Maddy Wegner & Carmen Lopez Villamil*, NYLC


2:30 - 3:30PM CST

Tackling Controversial Topics, presented by Linsey Crowninshield-Ryan, Civic Education Project - Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


4:00 - 5:00PM CST

The Future of Service-Learning featuring the National Commission on Military, Non-Military, & National Service

Whether you are new to service-learning or an advanced practitioner, this conference has something for you. Join us online for a unique learning experience!

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Registration is now closed. Subscribe to The Leader to be notified when recorded sessions become available.



About the National Service-Learning Conference®

The mission of the National Service-Learning Conference is to bring recognition to the contributions that young people are making to change the world and to help prepare them and their adult mentors in reaching their goals. The conference does this through learning, inspiration, and connection. Both youth and adults come out of the experience with the tools and resources, ideas and inspiration, to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities.



1.      Discover new ways to engage students and increase achievement through solving real-world problems.

2.      Expand your leadership knowledge base.

3.      Learn from thought-provoking internationally recognized leaders in education.

4.      Explore ways to make excellent teaching a reality in and out of every classroom.

5.      Leave with tools and resources you need to make real changes in your community.



· Teachers

· Principals

· Assistant Principals

· Service-Learning Coordinators

· Curriculum Coordinator or Directors

· University Professor or Administrators

· Consultants

· District Wide Personnels

· Non-profit Organizations

· Americorps, Vista, or Senior Corps

· Community Based Organizations

· Superintendents

· Department of Education Staff

· K-12 Students

· College Students




“This conference is invaluable to the professional who has to establish a relationship and work within a community in need. This conference gave me relevant tools that work to establish a lasting footprint on Detroit's Lower Eastside.”

Orlando Bailey
Youth Project Coordinator, Warren/Conner Development Coalition, Mich.


“This conference is energetic, motivating and simply inspiring to begin to make change. It is by far my #1 conference to attend--and always has been!”  

Barb Witteman
Professorof Education, Concordia College, Minn.


"The conference provides students with the opportunity to see that they are not alone in their desire to change the injustices of the world. It gives them a chance to share their successes, learn from others, and discover new ideas. They also find organizations to become involved in after high school, leading them to be service minded for years to come."

Stephanie Stone
Service-Learning Coordinator, Richland Northeast High School, S.C.


Thank you to our conference co-hosts!