Don't just talk about it — take action! Youth and adults can take part in meaningful service-learning projects, both on site and around the Denver area. Anyone can participate, and youth are especially encouraged to take part in these hands-on projects. On-site projects will be located throughout the convention center and Exhibit Hall.
Most off-site projects will involve working outdoors. March temperatures in Denver are usually 25-56 degrees Fahrenheit with an average temperature of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). Dress appropriately for outdoor weather and work.
Project information will posted as projects are confirmed.
On-Site Project Descriptions
Caring and Comfort for Kids
In every city there are kids who are ill and in need of a little caring and comfort. Join students from New Foundations Charter School in creating crafts and giving comfort to kids in need. All of the crafty creations will be donated to a local organization in Denver!
Surviving Sandy and Other Natural Disasters
In our neck of the woods and in yours disasters are possible! Join students from New Foundations Charter School in learning about disasters from all parts of country and find out how you can be part of the solution! Take away resources to use in your community and your very own disaster preparedness start-up kit.
Come use your beans to eliminate a 2,000 pound hill of beans. You are welcome even if you don’t know beans, are full of beans or even if you spill the beans! Join the cool beans and bean counters in filling one pound containers with dry, edible beans for food pantries in the metropolitan Denver area!
Cut, Color, and Glue
How would you like to cut, color and glue your way to a child's heart? Come help at the Family Support Center on-site project that will help kids in crisis and living in poverty. We will be creating toys for children who have nothing but will benefit from your gift of love.
Embrace the rebel within. Honor the loss of someone special. Bring a little color to your neighborhood. Come help us turn empty, neglected spaces into beautiful, green spaces with guerrilla gardening. Join us to make seed bombs so that you can drop bombs of love, growth and hope in your city. Join a growing world movement!
Reading Flash Cards
Help Pre-K and Kindergarten students learn to read by creating hand-made flash cards for them. Engage in rewarding service for these schools as you color and cut out sets of the alphabet. Come join us in making a small contribution to these kids and their schools.
The National Youth Leadership Council Youth Advisory Council's is collecting toiletries, like toothbrushes, shampoo, and soap, for local homeless shelters throughout the Denver area. Emphasis of this project is giving back to the community and there will be information about homelessness will be given at this project.
Off-Site Service-Learning Projects and Visits
Ticket pickup area onsite near registration.
Tickets will be available for off-site projects and site visits during breakfast on Thursday and Friday morning from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. at a table near the registration area. Pick up Thursday’s offsite tickets during the Thursday breakfast and Friday’s tickets during the Friday breakfast. Tickets will not be distributed in-advance. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a limit of two tickets distributed per person. You must arrive at the bus boarding at the main entrance of the hotel, 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your off-site project or site visit. Attendees under 18 years of age must attend an off-site project or site visit with an adult mentor or chaperone.
Thursday, March 14
Depart: 1:15 p.m.
Return: 4:15 p.m.
The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm located in Elyria-Swansea, one of Denver's most polluted and financially-insecure neighborhoods. Based in an old 20,000 square-foot greenhouse, the nonprofit works to grow, distribute, and teach about healthy food in partnership with neighborhood residents. The GrowHaus runs service learning programming for hundreds of students every year, and participants in the offsite project there can expect to participate in interactive activities around healthy food as well as assisting with ongoing farm work and renovations.
Community Gardens with Denver Urban Gardens
Departure: 1:15 p.m.
Return: 4:15 p.m.
Help build a community garden with Denver Urban Gardens! We will help make a garden flourish by taking on tasks to help ensure a successful season, including working with compost, pulling weeds, laying pathways and a variety of other projects. On the way, take in the sights of Denver and learn about Denver Urban Gardens' history and mission.
Friday, March 15
Denver’s Children’s Corridor
Depart: 1:30 p.m.
Return: 5:00 p.m.
The Children’s Corridor is many things. It’s a place. It’s an idea. It’s a commitment. The place is 40 square miles of Denver and Original Aurora where 53,000 children live in poverty or are at risk. The idea is to flood the zone with opportunity and support for these children and families. The commitment is a 20 year pledge that all kids living in the Children’s Corridor are kindergarten ready, have a medical home and graduate from high school.
In this off-site bus tour you will be introduced to two real Denver communities and the people living within them. You’ll learn about what the community is doing to move the needle on child success from cradle to career through collective impact, shared measurement, and collaboration. Come tour the corridor and learn what you can do to make a difference in your own community.
Saturday, March 16
Day of Service
Depart: 8:45 a.m.
Return: 12:00 p.m.
Don't miss your chance to give back to the Denver community! Join us for a Day of Service.
Each year the conference plants trees in honor of award recipients and exemplary leaders from across the service-learning movement. Join us Saturday during the Day of Service as we pay tribute to these amazing leaders.