In General Information

Don’t miss the opportunity to improve your practice, increase your leadership skills, and further your commitment to changing communities and the world at MONUMENTAL, the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference!

MONUMENTAL, co-hosted by YSA (Youth Service America), provides more than workshops and keynote addresses; it is an extension of the classroom, allowing for the youth and adult attendees to be part of something bigger. Both youth and adults gain the tools, resources, ideas, and inspiration to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities. The conference's multiple day, concurrent session format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, discussion groups, and interactive workshops designed specifically for all levels of attendees engaged in service, learning, and youth development, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the challenges facing us today.

“Youth are given the opportunity to create something so spectacular that it changes how adults perceive all young people – as solutions to real problems.”

Shira Woolf-Cohen
Vice Principal, New Foundations Charter School, Penn.

The conference brings together more than 1,000 attendees from across the United States and many other countries: a mix of innovative teachers who engage their youth in creative, meaningful contributions to society, school administrators who are committed to systematic change, researchers who investigate the direct connection between service-learning and graduation rates, policy-makers who take these messages to the Hill, and young leaders making a positive change throughout the world.

MONUMENTAL Reasons to Attend

  1. Discover new ways to engage students and increase achievement.
  2. Expand your leadership knowledge base.
  3. Learn from thought-provoking keynote addresses from internationally recognized leaders in education.
  4. Explore ways to make excellent teaching a reality in every classroom.
  5. Leave with tools and resources you need to make MONUMENTAL changes in your community.

Who attends?
If you are a:

  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Service-Learning Coordinator
  • Curriculum Coordinator or Director
  • University Professor or Administrator
  • Consultant
  • District Wide Personnel
  • Non-profit Organization
  • Americorps, Vista, or Senior Corps
  • Community Based Organization
  • Superintendent
  • State Education Department Personnel
  • Elementary, Middle or High School Student
  • College Student

…this conference is for you! No matter your role, if you are a young person, or a person who works with young people, this is a conference experience you won't want to miss!

2013 Conference Highlights

Watch this great highlights video, produced by the students at New Foundations Charter School, Philadelphia, PA to get a glimpse of the content of the conference.

» Download the 2013 Conference Highlights Report

What Your Peers are Saying

“This conference inspires you by showcasing the power of youth advocates, and the ability of youth leaders. “

Michael Posthumus
Assistant Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, Grand Valley State University, Mich.


“The experience and knowledge gained from this conference is unparalleled to any other available conference readily available for the valuable field of service-learning. I'd argue that the continuation of the conference is necessary to continue the evolution of ideals and beliefs in our society.”

Alex Mercer
Teen Attorney, Pima County Teen Court, Ariz.


“This year was the first time I have been to the conference. The conference was probably the coolest thing I have ever been to. The speeches I heard inspired me to take service-learning and my own leadership to a whole new level. I have all kinds of great ideas for new projects at school now, also thanks to the workshops and activities. The conference gave me a new perspective on service-learning, what I can do, and life in general I am so proud that I was able to be a part of it.”

James Rasmussen
Northwest Passage High School, Coon Rapids, Minn.


“Working as a district service-learning coordinator, sometimes it becomes easy to get bogged down in single project details and individual building needs.  This conference provides an opportunity to explore, in depth, both specific technical needs and "big picture" connections needed to create a healthy, integrated and sustainable vision for district-wide Service Learning instruction.  The increasingly evident turn towards the instructional/academic benefits of Service Learning, in addition to student engagement benefits, is a most welcome development and very evident at this conference.” 

Greg Herder
Service Learning Coordinator/Coach, Mounds View Public Schools, Minn.


"The greatest value for me, as an educator, has been the fact that youth are not simply the focus of the conference, but that they figure so prominently in planning, organizing and facilitating training sessions, projects and other featured events at the conference."

Beverly C. Hiott
Lead Teacher for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Richland School District Two, South Carolina


"This conference provided a great place to network with other like-minded individuals. I learned just as much outside the sessions as I did inside the sessions. Thanks!"

Chad Driscoll
Program Officer, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, Iowa


"It is a great conference. The information sessions are very informative, the plenaries are exciting, informational and energetic, and the workshops are very involving and fun. The things that I have learned at the conference I could not have gained from an article, or webinar."

Victor Griffin
Student, Lincoln Charter High School, North Carolina



National Youth Leadership Council

For 30 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, out-of-school youth programs  and everything in between.

NYLC can accelerate student achievement by strengthening academic, civic, and character outcomes through service-learning. We help tap into the passion, creativity, and ingenuity of all young people to make real change happen. NYLC offers a variety of opportunities to engage students. With online content, customized professional development, tools, resources, and more – NYLC is leading the way to transform community into classroom and inspiring all young people to Serve. Learn. Change the world.

» Visit www.nylc.org to learn more.

YSA (Youth Service America)

Celebrating 25 years of youth changing the world, YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Through campaigns, grant programs, resource development and training opportunities, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. As a campaign of YSA and the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service. GYSD 2014 will be held April 11-13 in more than 100 countries on six continents.

» For more information, visit www.YSA.org and www.GYSD.org.