The NYLC team is dedicated to the mission of creating a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world and we are proud to be supported by a robust team of youth, board members, and more!

To learn more about joining our team, check out our open opportunities.

Amy Meuers, CEO of NYLC, smiles in her headshot

Amy Meuers

She/Her/Hers | Chief Executive Officer | [email protected] | LinkedIn

Amy Meuers is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Leadership Council, the leading service-learning organization in the country for more than 40 years. Amy has spent 20 years with NYLC leading both national and international service-learning initiatives that expand the capacity of educators to utilize service-learning as an instructional strategy with students of all age-levels. Under her leadership, NYLC launched Youth as Solutions, a national service-learning program that supports teams of youth across the country in addressing issues impacting their communities. She co-founded the Coalition for Service-Learning to support advocacy efforts for service-learning at the federal level, and published Equity in Service-Learning: Self Assessment Tools for Quality Engagement, Engage: Service-Learning for Afterschool, and the revised Getting Starting in Service-Learning: Integrating the Process into K-12 Teaching. She is a graduate of the Hubert H. Humphrey Policy Fellows (21-22) and is a city commissioner in her hometown of Brooklyn Park, Mn. Amy holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Administration from Globe University, and a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. She also completed Northwestern University Certificate of Executive Leadership and ASU Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.

Pam Siebert, NYLC Director, smiles in her headshot

Pam Siebert

She/Her/Hers | Vice President of Community Impact and Evaluation | [email protected]

Pam is a skilled strategist and implementer, with over 20 years of experience in nonprofits and cross-sector initiatives– taking plans from ideas to action on topic areas including human services, substance abuse prevention, homelessness, education, and community service. Pam began her NYLC experience early on as program manager for service-learning training and technical assistance initiatives and then serving as NYLC’s Operations Director for 10 years. Over the last five years, she has worked with professional associations to increase member engagement, enhance member services, and create stronger organizations. Building communities for shared learning is one of her passions. In her new role with NYLC, Pam looks forward to engaging and supporting the service-learning community through NYLC membership, the National Service-Learning Conference, and sustainability efforts. She earned a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Gustavus Adolphus College, as well as certificates in organizational development, change management, and project management. Pam serves on the Board of Directors for Carol Mathey’s Center for Children and Families, is an assistant coach for Moms on the Run, and is an active participant in several associations.

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Julie Rogers Bascom

She/Her/Hers | Director of Learning & Leadership | [email protected] | LinkedIn

Julie Rogers Bascom is a service-learning leader from Minneapolis, MN who has been supporting youth workers, teachers and young people to use service-learning as a strategy to solve problems in their communities for over 17 years. Her passion for supporting young people to become problem solvers formed when her own children attended an Oakland, CA school where every student, every year was engaged in service-learning. Julie also serves on non-profit boards that encourage civic engagement: the League of Women Voters and Doing Good Together, an effort to empower families to raise caring and engaged children. She also coaches and leads workshops on Respectful Conversations in Schools, a protocol designed for teachers and students to address controversial topics. Rogers Bascom has presented at local and national workshops on how to incorporate service into curriculum and community.

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Miranda Taylor

She/Her/Hers | Marketing Manager | [email protected] | LinkedIn

Miranda is passionate about helping drive brand visibility for nonprofit organizations. In the last six years, she has worked for a diverse range of nonprofit organizations in fields such as youth development, human trafficking, and poverty alleviation. She understands the importance of upholding a brand identity that communicates the powerful work nonprofits do to change the world. She also has experience changing her own community – from founding an equal pay coalition to spearheading the first “No More” campaign for sexual assault awareness month, Miranda knows how important it is to stand up for what you believe in. She is excited to bring her marketing, storytelling, and brand management skills to NYLC, to help reach new audiences and further develop the organization’s story.

Lizania (Lizzie) Sanchez

She/Her/Hers | Program Coordinator | [email protected]

Lizzie combines her passion of serving Latinx communities and advocating for accessible healthcare, serving through Comunidades Organizando El Poder Y La Acción Latina (COPAL) and Community of Peace Academy throughout her college career. As a community leader supporting youth empowerment, she directed the Voz Latinx subgroup within Bethel University’s United Cultures at Bethel (UCB) Department and mentors middle and high school youth through Urban Ventures in Minneapolis. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Community Health and a minor in Communication studies with an emphasis on Organizational Communications at Bethel while completing qualifications toward the Certified Health Worker (CHW) designation. Lizzie brings her own experience as a first-generation immigrant to increase health equity for future generations.

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Anthony Le

He/Him/His | Youth Engagement and Events Coordinator | [email protected]

Anthony is passionate about youth development, service-learning, and contributing to his community. During his time at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, he served as the president of the Minnesota International Student Association. As a student leader, he collaborated with multiple student organizations to promote inclusion, diversity, and learning opportunities. Anthony previously worked at NYLC as a Youth Advisory Council Advisor during his time in college, an experience that ignited his passion to work with young people and educators. In his new role, Anthony hopes to inspire those he works with to be active leaders in their communities.

Meet our Youth Advisory Council! We are proud to prioritize youth voice as one of our core values, as we recognize youth as partners in decision-making. Learn more about the role of the Youth Advisory Council.


Rafiel Castillo | The Master’s Academy

Rafiel Castillo is a freshman at The Master’s Academy in Oviedo, Florida. Rafiel is passionate about creating a difference and serving underrepresented communities. Rafiel is a bilingual math tutor for middle school students, on the varsity soccer team, plays in the school band, loves to cook, volunteer for local organizations, and composes his own music. Rafiel has also had the opportunity to live in Colorado, The Netherlands, and Puerto Rico. These experiences have allowed Rafiel to expand his world view and develop appreciation for different cultures and people.

Haya Elamir | City Honor Schools

Haya is passionate about helping her community, especially the youth population. Haya volunteers at an organization that works with people with disabilities and loves lending her skills to the kitchen to make chocolate cake. Haya believes that the ability to speak up and bring about change is a privilege and a joy, Haya hopes to encourage those around her to do the same. In the cliche but true words of Buzz Lightyear, “To infinity and beyond,” because that mentality is the best way to promote change!

Aisling Kelly | Dominican Academy

Aisling Kelly is a sophomore at Dominican Academy in New York, NY. She is passionate about social justice and improving mental health. She is deeply involved in both her local and school community, as she participates in a wide variety of clubs and volunteering. At school, she is involved in the newspaper, student government, the literary journal, and numerous other clubs and activities. In her community, Aisling enjoys volunteering for local organizations and tutoring because she loves giving back. Lastly, she likes to read, write, and sew in her free time.

Grace Chenxin Liu | Syosset High School

Grace, a freshman at Syosset High School in New York, loves researching and advocating for gender equality and sustainable development using STEAM by designing innovative solutions to real-world problems. She is a United Nations and TEDx Speaker, member of the Global WOMENSCONF Scientific Committee, and a YOUNGA 2022 Equality & Inclusion Working Group Leader. She was fortunate enough to be invited as the highlighted speaker at many international and national conferences. She founded Sharing to Empower, an internationally recognized global alliance to promote gender and sustainable development issues. In her role as a member of the Youth Advisory Council, Grace is committed to continuing her journey to inspire, advocate, and fight for equal education opportunities for girls, students of color, as well as first-generation, low-income, and ESL families as a supplement to the K-12 curriculum, while assisting NYLC’s programs.

Molly Mathis | Hoggard High School

She has an avid love and interest in STEM, and enjoys being on the school’s Science Olympiad team and pursuing Biology research. In her free time, she loves to run, weightlift, read, code, and volunteer! She is passionate about creating an equal playing field, and writes about local STEM activities and service learning for the school newspaper. One current issue she cares deeply about is equality of different languages, opportunities, and access to resources. She will use her time on the YAC to learn from older mentors about leadership and apply those traits to projects in her community and beyond.

Michelle Song | D.H. Conley High School

Michelle Song is a sophomore at D.H. Conley High School in Greenville, NC. Michelle is passionate about conserving the environment through gardening and beekeeping. Growing up Michelle was fortunate enough to have access to fresh produce and a garden, leading her to develop a big interest in gardening and cooking. Later on, she founded her initiative, the Community For Environmental Sustainability, to provide STEM and nutrition education for all youth throughout the county’s school district and people within the community. Michelle enjoys working with different pollinators, is a certified beekeeper and is working with other beekeepers to implement hives in school campuses to provide environmental education in unique ways. As a new member of the Youth Advisory Council, Michelle is determined to continue advocating for public health and environmental sustainability while also helping in expanding NYLC’s impact by working with other peers.

Kaleb Sy | East High School

Kaleb Sy is an honor student at East High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Ever since elementary school, Kaleb has had a found passion for policy and law. Kaleb has since then taken up many leadership roles to represent his fellow classmates. From executive roles in Student Council to lobbying in the Tennessee General Assembly for education bills, Kaleb has always found different opportunities to exemplify his leadership qualities and contribute to his community. This has resulted in numerous accolades and awards such as the Rising Star SGA award, Points of Light Youth Summit Pitch Contest winner and Memphis Business Journal Young Men Who Matter award. Currently Kaleb serves as the Vice President of the Student Government Association, Shelby County Schools Student Congress member, and an EmpowerEd student leader with the Education Trust.

Youth Advisory Council Mentors

Zahra Ali | Augsburg University

Zahra Ali is currently a freshman at Augsburg University pursuing a degree in Sociology and English Lit. In the future she hopes to use her experience growing up in both a tight-knit Somali community and a predominantly white school system to address issues of education inequity and the opportunity gap, particularly in relation to race. She supports the current Youth Advisory Council, leads youth leadership and youth adult/partnership trainings, and is on the NYLC’s Board of Directors.

Isabella Sullivan | Colby College

Bella Sullivan is a freshman at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, studying English, Philosophy, and Italian. Bella has served on NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council since 2019. She believes that civil liberties should be protected for all people, and that all people deserve compassion, protection, and equity. She works with the Colby College QuestBridge chapter to help other low-income students feel welcomed on campus. Also, she is a writer for the Colby chapter of HerCampus, using her platform to encourage other Colby students to recognize their privileges and how they can use their privileges for the common good. She believes that you are never too young to accomplish great things.

Zahra Ali | Student

Katy Dolan | Secretary | Consultant, Katy Dolan Consulting

Haya Elamir | Student

Andrew Furco | Vice Chair | University of Minnesota

Anas Ghanim | Qatar Foundation International

Shanzeh Haider | Student

Greg Herder | Chair | Consultant

Johanna Huang | Visitation School

Amy Meuers | CEO, NYLC

Daria Nastasia | Student

Amanda Otis | Treasurer | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC

Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar | America’s Promise Alliance

Susan Ward Roncalli | Los Angeles Unified School District

Lindsey Wall Succari | Northwestern University

Laura Coates | NYLC Board Honorary Director | CNN Legal Analyst

Dr. James Kielsmeier | NYLC Board Honorary Director | Founder

Nontombi Naomi Tutu | NYLC Board Honorary Director | Race & Gender Justice Activist


NYLC Advisory Council

Dr. James Kielsmeier | Senior Scholar and Founder

Dr. Sue Root | Senior Research Fellow

Linda V. Rivera | Advisory Council Member

Dr. Michael VanKeulen | Advisory Council Member

NYLC is fortunate to have a gifted team of Senior Fellows: Leaders from a number of fields, they advise the organization on its programming and policies.


Susan Abravanel | President, Susan Abravanel Consulting, LLC

Jim Barron | Secretary | Consultant, Katy Dolan Consulting

Marty Duckenfield | Associate Producer, Clemson Broadcast Productions

Joanna Lennon | Co-founder and CEO, Civic Assets

Kate McPherson | Adjunct professor in leadership and service-learning | Seattle Pacific University and Portland State University