About More Powerful Together

One voice, trying to make positive change in the world, can be heard by many, but when hundreds, even thousands of voices come together they can be heard across the country and the world. Lasting, impactful change occurs when voices unite and become More Powerful Together.

More Powerful Together, the 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®, will gather more than 1,500 youth and adults from across the country and around the world for three days of learning, inspiration, and connection. This intergenerational event creates a unique atmosphere, where youth bring incredible energy and passion to discussions on education and social policy. Both youth and adults gain the tools, resources, ideas, and support to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities. It is the opportunity to become More Powerful Together.

How do you prepare students with the skills they need to change the world?

  • You engage them in complex, meaningful projects that require sustained engagement, collaboration, research, management of resources, and the development of a product or service.
  • You bring service-learning into your classroom.
  • You show them that they are not alone — that thousands of young people across this country and around the world are making real change at the local, national, and global level.
  • You bring them to the largest gathering of youth and adults committed to changing the world with young people, for all people – the 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference.

“Getting to hear from U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was an incredible experience and even more incredible when I consider that I was chosen to speak alongside them”.

Tony Salazar-Mejia
Student, Henry Sibley High School, Minn.

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, service, and youth development, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the challenges facing us today.

Why attend?

  1. Discover new ways to engage students and increase achievement through solving real-world problems.
  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 and out of every classroom.
  5. Leave with tools and resources you need to make real changes in your community.

Who attends?

  • 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

What Your Peers are Saying

“This conference recharged my service-learning batteries and provided me with a wealth of resources. It also gave me affirmation in what I have been doing and confidence to persevere and grow.“

Sally MacGregor-Martin
First Grade Teacher, Greensview Elementary, Ohio


“What better place than Washington D.C. to have a MONUMENTAL conference on sharing best practices and lessons-learned in service-learning! Every year, this conference reignites my flame and sparks me into action when I get home. There's ALWAYS so much work to do, but this conference provides the ideas, expertise, and networking to empower me to get there!”

Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer
Director, High School Service-Learning Program, Mayerson Foundation, Ohio


“This conference is invaluable to the professional who has to establish a relationship and work within a community in need. This conference gave me relevant tools that work to establish a lasting footprint on Detroit's Lower Eastside.”

Orlando Bailey
Youth Project Coordinator, Warren/Conner Development Coalition, Mich.


“This conference is energetic, motivating and simply inspiring to begin to make change. It is by far my #1 conference to attend--and always has been!” 

Barb Witteman
Professor of Education, Concordia College , Minn.


"The conference provides students with the opportunity to see that they are not alone in their desire to change the injustices of the world. It gives them a chance to share their successes, learn from others, and discover new ideas. They also find organizations to become involved in after high school, leading them to be service minded for years to come."

Stephanie Stone
Service- Learning Coordinator, Richland Northeast High School, S.C.


"This was my first conference. I was so excited to attend and participate in professional development dedicated and focused on a very important component for our youth and in our school community; and it was all about my area of concentration and collaboration. I sometimes feel like I am on an island trying to make an impact, message the importance of service-learning all alone in my school community. Imagine my delight to have finally found an organization who not only gets it but has gone beyond my wildest dreams of living it every day!"

Toni M. Kauffman
Director of Community Relations and Service-Learning, PA Virtual Charter School, Pa.

National Youth Leadership Council

The National Youth Leadership Council is the premier supporter and advocate for K-12 service-learning.

For more than 30 years, NYLC has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and developed student leaders by leading the way in providing high-quality dynamic, service-learning content to school districts, classrooms, and out-of-school youth programs.

NYLC accelerates 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. 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.

United Way

With more than 2.8 million volunteers and 9.7 million donors worldwide, and more than $5 billion raised every year, United Way is the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit. It is working in nearly 1,800 communities across 41 countries and territories to create community solutions that improve life for everyone. Across the world, United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, civic and faith organizations, as well as educators, labor, health organizations, government and more.

» Learn more about United Way

See highlights of last year's conference

View the #MPT15 Kick Off Webinar