The National Service-Learning Conference
The largest gathering of youth and adults involved in the service-learning movement.
"The conference is top notch … it thoroughly meets the needs of teachers, administrators, and most importantly the students." - Nancy DiNunzio, Director of Operations, LEAD Academy
The National Service-Learning Conference focuses on service-learning as a way of teaching and learning that builds academic skills and citizenship while addressing community needs in a genuine way. It convenes teachers and other service-learning practitioners, administrators, researchers, policy-makers, youth leaders, parents, program coordinators, national service members, community-based organization staffs, and corporate and foundation officers. With more than 200 workshops, it provides access to new ideas and networking opportunities.
The conference has drawn an impressive array of speakers starting with Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich in 1989, and in later years, President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Senator Harris Wofford, Senator Paul Wellstone, Senator Dave Durenbuger, Senator John Glenn, Jane Goodall, Dr. Alec Dickson, Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, John Bridgeland, Alan Khazi, Gerda Weisman Klein.
Each year the conference features over a dozen on-site opportunities to serve the local community. Past on-site projects have included International Sharing and Caring Mural, Sewing for Others Hygiene Care Kits, Family Care Packages, More than Warmth Quilts, Be Aware Bracelets, Operation Goody Bag, just to name a few.
Serving the host community is part of the history of the conference. Along with on-site opportunities, conference attendees are encouraged to go off-site and get their hands dirty. Off-site projects have included Habitat for Humanity projects, Ronald McDonald House, EarthMatters, Youth Opportunity Center, Homelessness Projects, Save the Bay, and many others.
For more information visit http://nslc.nylc.org/index.php