Trainings & Keynotes

Trainings & Keynotes

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

Interested in strengthening the outcomes 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.


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.


Educator Professional Development Trainings

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  


Youth Leadership Training & Consulting

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.

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

  • Students feel empowered as leaders to make change in their communities.
  • Students build community with other students.
  • Students can identify and address the root causes of issues in their communities.
  • Students set goals and determine how to measure success of their service experiences.

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.


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

  • Identify their leadership style with an assessment called the Leadership Compass, 
  • Complete an exercise with group members, 
  • Reflect on the activity and discuss learnings
  • Plan for next steps about how to best use their leadership skills in their daily lives

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
  • Civic engagement through service-learning
  • Youth and adult partnerships
  • youth voice


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

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.”

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



In 2017, NYLC:

Launched service-learning technical assistance in 7 state after-school networks impacting 50 organizations directly.

Trained on service-learning in North Carolina and Georgia through SLICE, impacting more than 1,350 youth.

Welcomed nearly 20,000 members through online membership.

Directly served nearly 24,000 educators, impacting nearly 150,000 young people.