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Well-designed afterschool and summer learning programs can equip youth with experiences, civic engagement, communication, and leadership skills necessary to contribute to their schools and communities in meaningful waysService-learning and youth leadership programs offer youth the opportunity to take on significant roles and create effective youth-led initiatives, with the guidance of caring adultsYouth who are given the chance to develop civic and leadership skills can then apply them in their future education, careers, communities, and lives. 

Service Learning

Service-learning basics. New to service learning? These resources and examples will help get you started!

Service-Learning Research & Impacts

Service-Learning Examples Service-Learning

Resources & Orgs

Service-Learning Fundamentals

K-12 Service Learning Standards National Youth Leadership Council

Service Learning Afterschool National Youth Leadership Council 

Guideposts to a Meaningful Service-Learning Program CBK Associates

The Five Stages of Service Learning CBK Associates

Four C’s Skills for OST Susan Abravanel Consulting LLC

Meaningful Reflection: A Practical Approach Principal Leadership

  • An article examining the importance of incorporating reflection into the service-learning process

Service-Learning Artifacts: Seeing student-made service-learning products is a great way to see this strategy in action. Click HERE to see snippets from over two dozen elementary, middle, and high school service-learning artifacts made by students to serve their communities and schools.

Youth Leadership

Youth Leadership in Action J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

“This is Their House, Too”: An Afterschool Space Designed for and by Teenagers  Harvard Family Research Project

Career Toolkit Adobe Youth Voices

YSA Knowledge Center Youth Save America

Youth Leadership Toolkit National Resource Center for Youth Development

Building Transformative Leadership Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing