For over 40 years, the National Youth Leadership Council has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and captivated students by leading the way in providing high-quality, dynamic service-learning content to school districts, classrooms, afterschool programs, and everything in between.

NYLC accelerates student achievement by strengthening academic, civic, and character outcomes through service-learning. We tap into the passion, creativity, and ingenuity of all young people to make meaningful change happen. NYLC offers a variety of paths to reach service-learning excellence through online content, customized professional development, tools, resources, and more. We are leading the way to address real world issues with all young people, inspiring them to Serve. Learn. Change the world.®

Our Values

Youth Voice

We recognize youth as partners in decision making. We actively build shared leadership that creates space for youth to take ownership and affect change.


We aim to demonstrate congruence between our actions and words. We strive to act as responsible stewards of our stakeholders’ and the public’s trust, our resources, and mission.


We strive to exhibit the passion, creativity, and ingenuity needed to address world issues. We have the courage to swim against the stream to develop new roles for youth and new ways of learning that challenge assumptions.

Growth and Learning

We support individual growth and development with the intention to engage the larger community in a higher public purpose. We promote capacity-building in both adults and youths by identifying, affirming, and drawing on individual passions and strengths.


We affirm all perspectives with respect and appreciation and believe groups and individuals are made stronger through differences. Recognizing that there is tension among interests, we gain a stronger perspective on issues when we approach them with vulnerability and humility. By embracing our differences we can find common purpose.

Nondiscrimination policy: The National Youth Leadership Council provides programs and resources for students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin.

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