Pathways To Impact: Service-Learning As A Catalyst For State Afterschool Networks

Posted by National Youth Leadership Council on October 3, 2023

The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), a leading advocate for youth development and service-learning, is proud to announce the release of its latest report, “Pathways to Impact: Service-Learning as a Catalyst for State Afterschool Networks.” This comprehensive report sheds light on the transformative power of service-learning as a strategy for engaging youth in afterschool programs across the country.

Afterschool programs play a pivotal role in shaping the lives of young people, offering them opportunities for growth, enrichment, and skill development. The report, which draws from NYLC’s work with 14 members of the 50 State Afterschool Network, provides case studies, lessons learned, and highlights how four State Afterschool Networks — Tennessee Afterschool State Network, TXPOST, OregonASK, and Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development— have successfully leveraged service-learning to empower and engage youth in meaningful ways.

Key Findings:

Service-Learning as a Catalyst: The report demonstrates that service-learning serves as a catalyst for youth engagement, providing a platform for young people to become active contributors to their communities while acquiring valuable life skills.

Innovative Approaches: The report showcases innovative approaches employed by State Afterschool Networks in integrating service-learning into their programs, from STEM-based learning initiatives to partnerships with local organizations.

Recommendations for Implementation: The report provides practical recommendations for state networks seeking to harness the potential of service-learning in their afterschool programs.

“NYLC is thrilled to share the insights and success stories from the State Afterschool Networks that have embraced service-learning,” said CEO Amy Meuers. “This report serves as a valuable resource for any state network invested in empowering our youth and fostering their engagement in afterschool programs.

Download the report.

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