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Check out some of our favorite events and activities!

All events take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, unless otherwise specified. Rooms and times will be posted as they become available. Locations and times are subject to change. Please check your conference program guide, available on site, for the final schedule.


Wednesday, April 9

Pre Conference Sessions
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Attending a Pre-Conference Session gives you the chance to spend three hours with a nationally-recognized speaker and dig deep into one specific topic. The sessions are structured to share best practices, content that is research-based and proven “how to” strategies. All sessions will include time for Q & A.

Fee applies: $75 adults, $50 youth. Pre-registration is required. Space may be limited in some sessions, so register early. On-site registration cannot be guaranteed.

» Learn more about Pre Conference Sessions

Capitol Hill Day
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity for adults and youth to be an advocate - meet with legislators on Capitol Hill and educate members of Congress about the critical role of youth as solutions and as contributors in communities across the country.

No additional fee. Pre-registration is required.

» Learn more about Capitol Hill Day

Newcomers Orientation
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
New to the conference? Confused by terms like "thought leader session," "plenary session," and "conference track"? Join us for this informational session. We'll help you get your bearings, answer your questions, and make the most of the conference. A "don't miss" event for first-time attendees.

Opening Plenary Session
5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Welcome to Washington D.C.! Join your fellow conference participants at the opening plenary session.

Welcome Celebration and Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Don't miss your opportunity to eat, sing, groove to the sounds of CultchaSound, and experience the flavors of D.C. as we celebrate the opening of MONUMENTAL! Meet representatives from nonprofits oriented to service and education, companies working with the service-learning movement, and national-service organizations.

» Learn more about the Exhibit Hall

Networking Gatherings and Receptions
8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Be prepared to be surprised as you gather with colleagues for an educational networking experience you will not forget!

Thursday, April 10

Networking Roundtables
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Grab your breakfast and join fellow attendees to informally explore topics, pose and discuss questions, and to gather critical feedback on your projects and ideas. Held each morning during breakfast, networking roundtables of predetermined topics will be hosted by practitioners and organizations. Participants are welcome to stay the entire breakfast or move from table to table.

» View Networking Roundtable listings

Forum on Education Policy
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
We are pleased to announce the addition of the Forum on Education Policy, co-hosted by Education Commission of the States. This panel will kick off an afternoon of thought-provoking sessions geared to build a common understanding across disciplines.

Showcase 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The showcase highlights high quality projects from across the country and around the world. Talk with participants about their projects to learn how service-learning, service, and youth leadership were implemented, how they connected service to their curricular goals, what impact their projects have had, and what makes them effective. Stroll through the showcase and pick up ideas to take back home.

Showcases will be set up for the duration of the conference but will be staffed during the designated hours of 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on April 10 and 11.

» Learn more about participating in the Showcase

Monuments by Moonlight Tour
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required. Additional fee applies.
The impressive sight of Washington D.C.’s national monuments illuminated at night is an absolute can’t-miss for your trip to our Nation's Capital. From the dome of the Capitol Building to the World War II Memorial, you’ll see the city in a whole new light on this 3-hour tour led by a tour guide from the comfort of  your deluxe motor coach.

On this evening tour, you’ll visit such famous sites as the White House and the Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean and Iwo Jima Memorials on foot for an up-close exploration. You’ll also see the Kennedy Center, U.S. Capitol Building, Reflecting Pool and more. Enjoy the beauty of D.C. by night.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Friday, April 11

Networking Roundtables
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Grab your breakfast and join fellow attendees to informally explore topics, pose and discuss questions, and to gather critical feedback on your projects and ideas. Held each morning during breakfast, networking roundtables of predetermined topics will be hosted by practitioners and organizations. Participants are welcome to stay the entire breakfast or move from table to table.

» View Networking Roundtable listings

Showcase 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The showcase highlights high quality projects from across the country and around the world. Talk with participants about their projects to learn how service-learning, service, and youth leadership were implemented, how they connected service to their curricular goals, what impact their projects have had, and what makes them effective. Stroll through the showcase and pick up ideas to take back home.

Showcases will be set up for the duration of the conference but will be staffed during the designated hours of 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on April 10 and 11.

» Learn more about participating in the Showcase

Closing Plenary: National Service-Learning Awards & Wofford Awards
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Attend the closing session for MONUMENTAL and honor the exemplary leaders who have inspired the service-learning field, positively impacted the lives of young people, and motivated others to take up the banner of service.

Monuments by Moonlight Tour
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required. Additional fee applies.
The impressive sight of Washington D.C.’s national monuments illuminated at night is an absolute can’t-miss for your trip to our Nation's Capital. From the dome of the Capitol Building to the World War II Memorial, you’ll see the city in a whole new light on this 3-hour tour led by a tour guide from the comfort of  your deluxe motor coach.

On this evening tour, you’ll visit such famous sites as the White House and the Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean and Iwo Jima Memorials on foot for an up-close exploration. You’ll also see the Kennedy Center, U.S. Capitol Building, Reflecting Pool and more. Enjoy the beauty of D.C. by night.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.


Saturday, April 12

Day of Service: Global Youth Service Day Events and Activities
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Don’t just visit Washington D.C. – give back!
We invite all conference attendees to give back to the D.C. community during the Day of Service. In partnership with YSA (Youth Service America), attendees are welcome to participate in service projects hosted on the National Mall.

» More about GYSD