Trainings & Keynotes

Trainings & Keynotes

We meet you where you are and take you where you want to be.

Interested in expanding possibilities for your students?

Partner with NYLC to access customized trainings at the school, district, community, after-school, or state level; receive ongoing coaching and planning support; and/or develop curriculum rooted in service-learning.

NYLC brings more than 35 years of experience working with sites across the country and abroad, supporting educators and administrators in advancing civic engagement — whether students are getting started in service-learning, increasing their leadership, or sharpening their focus.

NYLC’s staff of experienced trainers works with you to create trainings, link with other strategic initiatives, even deliver keynote addresses to match your needs.


Supporting Educators

Trainings & Workshops


Introduction to Service-Learning
Discover how service-learning can help you meet your academic goals, improve classroom culture, and ignite student passion for their own education.

Climbing the Ladder to Meaningful Youth-Adult Partnerships 

This interactive workshop proposes Roger Hart's Ladder of participation as an evaluation and planning tool for youth workers and educators.  The Ladder of Participation details levels of youth involvement in classrooms and youth programs, from the lowest level of Manipulation to the highest level of Youth Initiated Shared Decisions with Adults.  

At the end of this training, participants will be able to... 

  • Assess the role of youth voice in their current programs or classrooms
  • Collaborate in teams
    • Develop action steps towards creating more meaningful youth-adult partnerships in their work 

Intermediate-Level One-Day Introduction to Service-Learning Curriculum Planning
Discover how to plan an academically aligned service-learning unit plan, including rigorous assessment.

Participants will:

  • Experience activities that are replicable in or out of the classroom.
  • Receive tools and templates to use during the training and in    practice.
  • Work with experts on how to create structures for educators and students to be successful in incorporating service-learning.
  • Receive one print copy of Service-Learning by Design 

Advanced-Level Two-Day Educator Institute
This advanced service-learning training is designed to meet the needs of your school or after-school program. We work with school and organization leadership and educators to create a training just right for you.

Participants will:

  • Develop an academically-aligned service-learning unit plan that includes rigorous assessments.
  • Experience activities that are replicable in or out of the classroom.
  • Understand how to incorporate students into the development and implementation of a service-learning unit.
  • Receive tools and templates to use during the training and in their own practice.
  • Work with experts on how to create structures for educators and students to be successful in incorporating service-learning.
  • Receive 20 hours of technical support following the training.
  • Receive one print copy of Service-Learning by Design.
  • Receive 40 digital copies of Service-Learning by Design

Energize Your Board of Directors
Are you ready to integrate youth voice at the highest level of governance within your organization? This training assists organizations in assessing their current board culture, trains adult board members on how to best engage youth as partners, and provides ideas on how to recruit, sustain, and engage youth as board members.

Customized Trainings

NYLC will work with you to create a customized training that meets your needs so that you can expand the possibilities for all students. 


Developing Young Leaders

 Trainings & Workshops


Leading Yourself, Leading Others, Leading the Community
This interactive training develops the leadership of youth participants to create positive change in their communities. In addition to learning about leadership styles and effective group collaboration, participants will understand how to put their leadership skills to use.

Understanding and Using Your Unique Leadership Style

Every human being is a leader who has unique strengths and abilities to lead and make a difference. In this interactive session, you will learn about your own leadership style, put your leadership skills into practice in a group activity, and have reflection discussions about the process. You will leave this session with a better understanding of your natural leadership abilities and how you work best with others.


What’s Your Why?

Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy. Only when you know your ‘why’ will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated when things don’t go your way, and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging, and more rewarding trajectory. In this session, youth will explore their why and how it connects to providing service to their community.


Youth Leaders on Board
Have you recently been selected as a board member or are looking at opportunities to serve on a board? This training will help you identify your unique leadership abilities while providing you with the knowledge of the inner workings of a board. Learn about Robert's Rules of Order and your primary duties as a board member of a nonprofit.


Customized Trainings

NYLC will work with you to customize trainings that inspire leadership, confidence, and contribution for all young people.



Advancing the Field of Service-Learning

Speakers and Presentations


Engage NYLC for your next conference or event. We provide keynote addresses, presentations, and workshop sessions on topics including:

  • Service-learning
  • Youth leadership
  • Youth engagement
  • Civic engagement through service-learning
  • Shared Power: Engaging in positive youth/adult partnerships
  • Youth voice


 For more information on training, consulting or to learn more   about bringing NYLC to your event, email NYLC   at

NYLC's Training Approach


NYLC is the “Guide on the Side” rather than “Sage on the Stage”. We facilitate learning in which attendees are active participants rather than passive recipients.

NYLC utilizes constructivist rather than traditional teaching methods. Participants construct their own understanding, meaning, and knowledge of the world through experience and reflection on those experiences. Participants also utilize prior knowledge, skills, and experiences to inform their learning.

NYLC models service-learning instruction as educators should be implementing with their students.

NYLC utilizes the 4 Key Adult Learning Principles – Readiness, Experience, Autonomy, and Action.1 We focus on the needs of the learners, honor the knowledge and experience in the room, engage participants as leaders of their own education, and focus on immediate application of learning.

1From: Stolovitch, Harold D. and Keeps, Erica J. (2002).  Telling Ain’t Training, ASTD Press.


Hear what former participants had to say:

“I am creating a framework for our classes that I believe will make this a deeper and more enriching experience for all.” 

“Activities were great examples that can be replicated or adapted!”

“Great information! A+ facilitator!”

“I felt the course was well-rounded and ‘real’. All the items covered can be used right away and are easy to follow.”