Lead Activists

Becoming a Lead Activist

Youth4Ed is recruiting Lead Activists from high schools across the nation to pioneer service-learning projects that support educational equity. NYLC will provide training and resources and in turn, Lead Activists will create a school or afterschool-based Youth4Ed club to investigate, plan and execute a service-learning project over the course of one year, after which they will share their experiences with other leaders in a digital forum.

In fighting for education equity, we hope to form a fair education system for all Americans. By empowering young people to fight for their communities, rather than imposing change, we are encouraging students to learn about their realities and enabling them to spur change from within. Service-learning is the best path towards education equity because it empowers young people to transform their communities deliberately in partnership with adults.


What is Education Equity?

Education equity is the belief that everyone deserves a quality education, regardless of their race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or any other trait. It is the belief that education should be undiscriminating and provided to everyone.


What is NYLC?

For more than 35 years, NYLC has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and captivated students by leading the way in providing high-quality, dynamic service-learning content to school districts, classrooms, after-school programs, and everything in between. We are leading the way to address real world issues with all young people, inspiring them to Serve. Learn. Change the world.®


What is Youth4Ed?

Youth4Ed is a program that works with the NYLC to recruit Lead Activists from high schools across the nationin pioneering service-learning projects that support educational equity. We will provide training and resources in the form of webinars, tool-kits, and mentorship. In turn, we expect that they create a club to investigate, plan and execute a service-learning project over the course of one year, after which they will share their experiences with other leaders in a digital forum. In fighting for education equity, we hope to form a fair education system for all Americans. By empowering young people to fight for their communities, rather than imposing change, we are encouraging students to learn about their realities and enabling them to spur change from within. Service-learning is the best path towards education equity because it empowers young people to transform their communities deliberately.


What is the Role of a Lead Activist?

Each Lead Activist will create a club at their school with an adult mentor. We will provide promotional materials, webinar training sessions, and our “Youth4Ed Take Action Tool-Kit.” Our timeline is based on the IPARD model: Investigate, Plan, Act, Reflect and Demonstrate. In the first quarter, Lead Activists will discuss inequity and its manifestations in their community. Next is planning a service project to address a root cause of inequity. In the third quarter, they will implement their plan. The final quarter is a reflection period to evaluate their impact, learning, and sustainability. After each quarter, they will submit a reflection, and we will provide feedback and resources. They will produce a culminating report detailing their service, to be shared on a digital forum with every Lead Activist. After their year-long term, they retain Youth4Ed resources, their access to webinars, and communication with the leadership team, along with their title.


What are the Responsibilities of a Lead Activist?

  1. Create a Youth4Ed club in your community in partnership with an adult advisor
  2. Complete a service-learning project to address education equity in your community
  3. Complete a reflection after each quarter:
    • Quarter 1: Investigation
    • Quarter 2: Planning & Preparation
    • Quarter 3: Action
    • Quarter 4: Reflection & Demonstration
    • This timeline follows NYLC's service-learning trajectory, the IPARD cycle. Download the IPARD Cycle guide to learn more!
  4. Attend/watch the Introductory Youth4Ed Webinars
  5. Meet with the Youth Advisory Council to discuss your progress half-way through the year
  6. Create a final presentation of your service-learning project and present it to other Lead Activists

What is the IPARD cycle?

IPARD stands for Investigation, Planning & Preparation, Action, Reflection, and Demonstration. NYLC follows this cycle to ensure each service-learning program is effective and fulfilling. Download the IPARD guide to learn more!



Apply now! Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis.