Unmask Your Potential - The 31st Annual National Service-Learning Conference

2020 National Service-Learning Conference® 

Connect with Youth and Adult Leaders from Around the World! 

The National Youth Leadership Council is honored to partner with Harry Hurst Middle School and St. Charles Parish Public Schools to bring you the 31st Annual National Service-Learning Conference, April 16 – 18, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 more than 60 hands-on learning opportunities through workshops, keynotes, and thought leader sessions. Topics range from social-emotional learning and civic education to youth leadership and international service-learning. Whether you are new to service-learning or an experienced practitioner, this conference has something for you. 

Networking is a key component of the conference with dedicated opportunities to meet and interact with other attendees from your region and from across the world. Evening receptions, exhibit hall times, lunches, and breakfasts are spaces designed for you to make connections that will advance your practice and inspire you to take action.

The National Service-Learning Conference prides itself on student participation at every level. Students make up nearly half of conference attendees and can be found on the plenary stage, facilitating workshop sessions, showcasing their projects, participating in hands-on service projects, or mingling in the youth room. Youths of all ages are welcome at the event (with an adult advisor).

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

Thursday, April 16




7:00AM – 8:00AM

Registration Open


8:30AM – 10:00AM

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 1


10:30AM – 12:00PM

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 2


12:00PM – 1:00PM


Opportunity & Resource Fair


1:15PM - 2:45PM

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 3


3:15PM – 5:15PM

Welcome Plenary Session


7:00PM – 10:00PM

Welcome Reception




Friday, April 17

7:00AM – 8:00AM

Registration Open


8:30AM – 10:00AM

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 4


10:30AM–  12:00PM

Plenary Session


12:00PM – 1:00PM


Opportunity & Resource Fair


1:15PM – 2:45PM

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 5


3:15PM – 5:15PM

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 6




Saturday, April 18

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration & Bus Loading at School


9:30AM – 2:00PM

Service on the Wetlands with the Wetland Watchers!


2:00PM – 2:30PM

Bus Loading


2:30PM – 3:00PM

Return to School


3:00PM – 4:00PM

Day of Service Reflection & Celebration at School

Whether you are new to service-learning or an advanced practitioner, this conference has something for you. Join us in the ‘Big Easy’ for learning, networking and a little bit of fun!

Learn more about presenting, volunteering, exhibiting and getting involved

Learn more about registration rates and deadlines

Learn more about the conference venue and hotel

Register today!



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 
Professor of 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!



Upcoming Deadlines

Call for Proposals         10/18/19

Showcase Applications     12/6/19

Early-Bird Registration    12/27/19

Call for Exhibitors         3/13/2020


Spread the Word! 

Tell your friends and colleagues about the National Service-Learning Conference coming to New Orleans, La. in 2020! Here are some sample messages you can use on your web pages, email, social media, and blogs to promote your involvement in this important event.


·Join me in New Orleans for #SLC2020, the premier event for #servicelearning educators nylc.org/page/conference @nylcorg


·I’m going to #SLC2020 in New Orleans next April to be the best educator/student I can be. nylc.org/page/conference @nylcorg


·#SLC2020 is all about giving youth a voice in their own education. Join me in New Orleans in April. nylc.org/page/conference @nylcorg


@nylcorg is the official twitter handle for the National Youth Leadership Council.