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Workshops are the heart of the conference, providing professional development opportunities for youth and adults alike. The service-learning showcase highlights high quality service-learning projects from across the country, and is an opportunity to connect with people and share how a project was implemented, how it was connected to curricular goals, and what made it effective.

Workshop proposals closed September 21, 2012.
Service-Learning Showcase proposals closed November 16, 2012.

About the Service-Learning Showcase

Do you have a high quality service-learning project you would like to highlight at the conference? Then consider being part of the service-learning showcase.

The service-learning showcase will be held throughout the conference.

Showcase Hours



Wednesday, March 13
Set-Up: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Display Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 14
Display Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Staffed Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15
Display Hours: 8:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Staffed Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tear Down: Any time after 2:00 p.m.

Projects will be set up as a table-top display on a 6-foot table. Students are encouraged to staff their table. Neither electricity hook ups nor internet connections are available in the showcase. Presenters are able to apply for both a workshop and a showcase. All presenters are expected to register for the conference and will be offered the early-bird rate until the full conference rate applies.

Strong showcase proposals should show a tie to the curriculum, and include reflection components, youth voice, and community partnerships. The proposal should effectively describe the impact the program has on its community, and how the initiative is unique and replicable for conference attendees.

About Workshop Proposals

All sessions are either 90 minutes or 3.5 hours in length and will be held on either Thursday, March 14 or Friday, March 15, 2013. Workshops generally average 20-30 attendees. All presenters are expected to register for the conference and will be offered the early-bird rate until the full conference rate applies. Download the conference-at-a-glance for more details.

Our goal is to provide an engaging and comprehensive service-learning professional development conference for youth and adults who are committed to addressing issues affecting their communities and the world. Workshop proposals are most likely to be accepted when they offer innovative strategies grounded in research, focus on results, are well-designed, interactive sessions that do not rely on PowerPoint presentations and are not sales pitches. Conference participants want to attend workshops that provide information, skills, and tools they can use in their work.

NYLC is seeking proposals that address topics in the following tracks:

Scientists and Stewards
The Scientists and Stewards track showcases work underway in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields, with a focus on innovative solutions for transforming your community. Topics may include using STEM service-learning curriculum and new technology, launching green initiatives, creating green leaders, and engaging private and public partners.

Classroom Transformation
These workshops provide hands-on professional development for teachers and administrators in school and district settings. Topics may include service-learning curriculum development, teaching innovations, compliance with state standards, evaluation and research, the integration of new media in education, and strategies for sustaining programs.

Student Achievement
Workshops in the Student Achievement track concern service-learning and student engagement, performance, resiliency, and success in school. Session topics may include the unique contribution service-learning has to closing the achievement gap, drop-out prevention, incorporating youth voice, and after-school programs.

Civic Contributions
The sessions in the Civic Contributions track energize participants to be more fully-engaged community members. Topics may include youth leadership, social justice, community partnerships, philanthropy and fundraising, advocacy and policy-work, and teen driver safety.

Global Learning
Workshops in this track are selected for their universal relevance, and feature a "think local act global" approach. Topics may include service-learning and spirituality, peace-building, health strategies, multicultural understanding, economic sustainability, and disaster relief.

Workshop Audio/Visual Equipment
Each workshop room will be equipped with a screen, LCD projector, sound capability for your laptop, a DVD player, and a flipchart with markers. Internet and computers will not be provided.

Workshop presenters and service-learning showcase participants must register for the conference and are eligible for a reduced conference rate. Click here for more information

All applicants will be notified by email of the status of their proposal by October 26, 2012. If you have edits to your proposal, please email