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National Youth Leadership Council

  • St. Paul, MN
  • www.nylc.org

Mission Statement

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

Main Programs

  1. Generator School Network
  2. Youth Advisory Council
  3. National Service-Learning Conference
  4. Project Ignition
  5. District Wide Model
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The National Youth Leadership Council serves a national and international audience of educators, youth, and allies from all 50 states and 14 countries. Local and regional programs are currently active in Minnesota, Illinois, Georgia, Arkansas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

ruling year

1983

Chief Executive Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Kelita Svoboda Bak

Keywords

Self-reported

youth, leadership, service, service-learning, education, youth development

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EIN

41-1449746

 Number

7138234901

Also Known As

NYLC

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Below is a summary of NYLC's impact in fiscal year 2013-14:

National Service Conference - 25th annual conference: 1,375 people from 46 states and 13 countries Volunteer hours logged: 4,742
NYLC communications overall reached 163 million this year.
Nylc.org sustains a robust readership at 321,600 page views averaging over 26,000 per month
The Generator journal goes to 8,541 subscribers semi-annually
The Leader newsletter goes to 8,541 semi-monthly
The K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice reached an estimated 2.08 million people through the NYLC website, partner websites, and print.

Programs and Professional Development
Generator School Network membership: 5316
Total GSN webinar attendance: 295
Youth and District programs served total of: 1810
Project Ignition: 9 high school youth teams involving 1,665, impacting an estimated 50,000 students in their schools and their communities.
Project Ignition recruited 6 new schools in the fall of 2014
Volunteers: 250

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Generator School Network

This community of schools is committed to best practices in service-learning — and to the vision that high-quality service-learning should be a part of the school experience for every student. Grounded in research-based practices for service-learning, the Generator Schools Network fosters engaged learning characterized by academic rigor, civic engagement, character development, and a culture of collaboration with the service-learning movement and larger education community.
The Generator School Network is a community of schools committed to best practices in service-learning — and to the vision that high-quality service-learning should be a part of the school experience for every student.
Membership in the GSN helps educators assess and strengthen their service-learning practice, access curricular tools from NYLC, share their experiences and projects, and improve student and community outcomes. Through an easy-to-use online community, the GSN connects K-12 teachers and administrators, giving them voice outside their classrooms and schools while providing them with the materials they need.
Participating schools receive:
Evidence-based assessment tools.
Professional development opportunities.
NYLC’s curricular process and resources.
Access to GSN Advisors and service-learning leaders.
An innovative online learning community.
Schools that join the Generator School Network make a commitment t
Build and maintain high-quality service-learning practices.
Engage students as vital community resources and leaders.
Provide professional development and leadership opportunities for staff.
Connect school curriculum with standards for high-quality service-learning.
Serve as resources to schools that want to improve their service-learning practices.

Category

Educational Delivery

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council is a team of servant-leaders, ages 14-21, recognized for their dedication to promoting youth leadership, service-learning, youth-adult partnerships, and diversity. YAC members come to NYLC from the National Youth Leadership Training, where each summer young people from across the United States learn skills needed t
enhance awareness of social, political, and environmental issues
motivate action for the common good
build capacity for taking effective action — individually, in groups, and in organizations
strengthen abilities to work cooperatively across races, ethnicities, genders, geographies, and socioeconomic backgrounds

Category

Youth Leadership

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

None

Budget

Program 3

National Service-Learning Conference

The National Service-Learning Conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing more than 2,200 attendees from across the United States and many other countries each year. 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 and focused on current and emerging issues, best practices and the challenges facing us today.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 4

Project Ignition


Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

Program 5

District Wide Model

Not available

Category

Curriculum Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The National Youth Leadership Council is in year two of a 3-year strategic plan, the development of which was guided by our mission and vision. NYLC's vision and work will lead to youth with strong academic success, civic engagement, and character who can tackle new challenges as they arise. As a result of our work, young people and their adult allies will change the world.

    Our strategic plan breaks out individual initiatives from the four following strategic directions:

    - Build the capacity of youth and adults to make a positive impact in their community
    - Establish an accessible, relatable entry point for service-learning
    - Raise the quality of service-learning practice to increase its impact on youth
    - Develop a strong foundation for sustainability
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Measure, understand, and communicate our impacts
    2. Diversify and increase NYLC's revenue through earned income streams and charitable contributions
    3. Advance inclusion, diversity, and equity education internally and externally
    4. Develop and implement a holistic vision for engaging young people in our work
    5. Forge strategic partnerships to further our youth development goals
    6. Position students to address real-world problems through NYLC's national programs
    7. Target school districts to develop a system-wide commitment to increase academic and engagement outcomes for students through service-learning
    8. Create resources connecting service-learning and current education initiatives
    9. Infuse Understanding by Design planning framework throughout professional development and youth training
    10. Build the capacity of NYLC and the service-learning field to develop and advance a shared vision for young people
    11. Lead new audiences to positive youth outcomes through service-learning
    12. Design an integrated federal advocacy plan to improve policies, priorities and programs that support youth as drivers of their own success
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    NYLC creates powerful learning opportunities and stronger communities by position youth as drivers of their own success. NYLC's organizational competencies are:
    - Convening: we convene leaders in and out of the service-learning field to create opportunities for young people, grow national visibility for youth as leaders, and share best practices.
    - Professional Development: we provide in-person and online training to school districts to help them use service-learning as a strategy for systemic improvement. We also provide support to individual youth, educators, youth councils, youth boards, and youth/adult partnerships.
    - Resource Development: we provide service-learning resources for schools and youth programs to incorporate service-learning into their daily practice. These are aligned to Common Core State Standards.
    - National Programs and Funding: we partner with corporations, foundations, and federal agencies to provide opportunities, training, and support to schools and youth programs
    - Advocacy: we create and facilitate strategic partnerships between the service-learning field and other national education reform efforts
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Specific activities are included in our strategic plan, and each individual staff person is required to complete an annual work plan that is updated quarterly. Each work plan includes activities, specific indicators, and year-to-date status. These work plans are consolidated into an organizational work plan to ensure that each staff person's work is contributing to the overall organizational goals. The sheer number of indicators of success is impossible to communicate in this small space, however each staff person has their own indicators, the achievement of which shows progress.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We report on our progress in quarterly staff meetings and through updates to our work plans. These are shared with the entire organization, and progress on our strategic plan is shared with our board of directors. We have made significant progress in the following areas thus far:

    - Measure, understand, and communication our impacts - this is occurring through standardized data collection and reporting
    - Diversify and increase NYLC's revenue through earned income streams and charitable donations - we have increased charitable donations from individuals and increased earned income
    - Advance IDEE internally and externally - our staff and board have achieved greater diversity and we strive for inclusivity. The Youth Advisory Council will launch Youth4Education in April 2015 that is based on educational equity.
    - Develop and implement a holistic vision for engaging young people in our work - this is also the goal of Youth4Education
    - Position students to address real-world problems through NYLC's national programs model - this model is expanding and allows teachers to work toward learning goals through youth-led service-learning
    - Target school districts to develop a system-wide commitment to increase academic and engagement outcomes for students through service-learning - we are currently working with two districts and launching another in 2015
    - Create resources connecting service-learning and current education initiatives - these tools are fully developed
    - Infuse understanding by design planning framework throughout professional development and youth training - we strive for this in every program and project

    Additionally, we have finalized a contract with Johns Hopkins Center for Research and Reform in Education to serve as an evaluator for our school-based programs occurring in six sites nationally. NYLC has confidence in our program models and is committed to continuous improvement. The partnership with Johns Hopkins would allow external study of the impacts of programs and services through multiple levels of evaluation.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The National Youth Leadership Council serves a national and international audience of educators, youth, and allies from all 50 states and 14 countries. Local and regional programs are currently active in Minnesota, Illinois, Georgia, Arkansas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

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Affiliations + Memberships

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Financials

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NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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National Youth Leadership Council

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Kelita Svoboda Bak

BIO

A strong advocate for youth, Bak has worked in youth development and public policy in Washington, D.C. for more than 15 years. She has held a range of leadership positions in national nonprofit organizations, most recently as the National Vice President of Advancement for Camp Fire USA. Throughout her career, Bak has built and managed key relationships, including numerous partnerships and coalitions. Among those, she served as a lead convener of Service-Learning United and worked to secure agreement among service-learning leaders on provisions in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. She also has served on the board of the National Service-Learning Partnership and as a mentor in the Emerging Leaders Initiative, led by NYLC and the Partnershi000-member American Motorcyclist Association and was a political media buyer for candidates in 12 congressional districts during the 1996 election. Bak earned a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in political science from American University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Chief Executive Officer

"For over 30 years, NYLC has provided high quality training and content to schools and youth. Our programs accelerate student achievement and develop leaders today and for the future by strengthening academic, civic, and character outcomes through service-learning. All NYLC programming is designed to work toward the following objectives:

• Train youth leaders to guide their own education and be civic leaders in their community
• Improve instructional strategies through training and resources for educators, helping them to empower their students to become leaders on issues that matter to them
• Engage community experts to tap their content knowledge and illuminate career pathways for youth
• Provide a national platform for students to exhibit what they have accomplished, increasing visibility for youth to demonstrate their capability to serve as authentic leaders and innovators in addressing real needs today

NYLC's three areas of work are Developing Young Leaders, Supporting Educators, and Advancing the Field of Service-Learning."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Abhi Madhugiri

Echo 360 Inc.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
Yes
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Diversity in our staff and Board is integral to our success as an organization, and we include diversity as one of our organizational values. However, it is insufficient to simply have a diverse group, and so we also strive for inclusion. Our culture, structure, and systems must work to enable individuals to contribute, be validated, and do their best. For continued relevance as an organization, we must ensure that our programs, values, and culture are conducive to working in an increasingly diverse world. We strive to develop leadership in and facilitate positive contributions from young people who are not typically called upon to lead. Diversity, inclusion, and educational equity are central concepts in our organization's history and have significantly shaped where we are today.