This list features prominent organizations involved in promoting service-learning and improving the quality of education for all students.
ABCD Books and CBK Associates
Featuring author and presenter Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., ABCD Books and CBK Associates offers a wealth of service-learning resources, literature, and information about keynotes and professional development for classrooms, school districts, universities, and organizations worldwide. Cathryn is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning and the How to Take Action Service Learning Series for Kids.
America’s Promise Alliance
Founded by General Colin Powell and under the current guidance of Alma Powell, America’s Promise Alliance works to forge a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children experience the fundamental resources they need to succeed at home, in school and out in the community.
Florida Learn and Serve
Florida Learn & Serve is a federally funded grant program that awards grants to Florida schools and school districts to engage youth in service-learning. Awards are issued by the Florida Department of Education.
Institute for Global Education and Service-Learning
The Institute for Global Education and Service Learning (IGESL), a non-profit training organization, creates service-learning programs and initiates activity based education in collaboration with schools and organizations around the world.
KIDS (Kids Involved Doing Service-Learning) Consortium
KIDS Consortium prepares young people to be active and responsible citizens by training and supporting educators, community organizations, and youth in best practices for service-learning. Through service-learning, K-12 students identify, research and address real community challenges, using knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.
Learn and Serve America
Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (an independent federal agency) [https://www.nationalservice.gov/], supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States, and enables over one million students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills. Learn and Serve America provides direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects by providing grant support, training and technical assistance resources, and collecting and disseminating research, effective practices, curricula, and program models.
National Drop Out Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) and
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD)
The NDPC/N and the NDPC/SC provide knowledge and promote networking for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and families to increase opportunities for youth in at-risk situations to receive the quality education and services necessary to successfully graduate from high school.
National Service-Learning Partnership
“The Partnership, founded in 2001, is a national network of members dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education. Service-learning is a teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies or other type of intentional learning activity.”
National Youth Leadership Council
The mission of the National Youth Leadership Council is to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning.
National Middle School Association (NMSA)
Since its inception in 1973, National Middle School Association (NMSA) has been a voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents and is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to those in the middle level grades. NMSA has been a key resource to middle level educators looking to develop more effective schools by providing professional development, journals, books, research, and other valuable information to assist educators on an ongoing basis. Their message is for schools to be academically excellent, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable for every young adolescent.
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is a comprehensive service-learning resource presenting a wealth of information, resources, and reference materials to support service-learning programs, practitioners, and researchers.
State Farm Youth Advisory Board
Through numerous awards and grants, the State Farm Companies Foundation supports service-learning as a teaching method that enhances the academic achievement of students while engaging in service to the community. One of their efforts is the State Farm Youth Advisory Board - a group of thirty diverse youth who administer a unique grant program that empowers youth to take an active role in their education through service-learning. By administering generous service-learning grants, the board empowers youth to create sustainable change in local communities across the United States and Canada.
What Kids Can Do
Based in Providence, R.I., What Kids Can Do (WKCD) is a national nonprofit that uses the internet, print, and broadcast media to relay the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously. The youth who concern WKCD most are those marginalized by poverty, race, and language.
Youth Service America
Youth Service America (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement. The impact of YSA’s work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities.
YSA’s strategies include Public Mobilization Campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day, Semester of Service, and advocacy to media and public officials; Funding and Recognition through grants and awards geared toward youth, educators, service-learning coordinators, and program partners; and Resources and Trainings that include the GYSD Planning Tool Kit, the Semester of Service Strategy Guide, the National Service Briefing, the Youth Service Institute, webinars, and individual support.