Friday, April 11, 2008

19th Annual National Service Learning Conference

My friend Rhiannon Chatnoir just sends me this invitation:

Starting now (April 11 ) in the NMC sim Teaching, as part of the National Youth Leadership Conference live events, Global Kids' workshop on Using Virtual Worlds to Promote Service-Learning -

The National Youth Leadership Council will be hosting its 19th Annual National Service Learning Conference in Minneapolis from April 9-12th, 2008. The NSLC is the largest gathering of youths and practitioners involved in the service-learning movement where participants connect through three days of plenary sessions, featured forums, and service projects.

Friday the 11th, Global Kids will be streaming the key events live onto the web at our blog, and hosting live events in Teen Second Life on our Global Kids estate and on the Main Grid in the NMC sim Teaching (

Schedule of Events

Join us for Day 2 of great plenaries, performances and speeches from the Learn and Serve Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Date: April 11th, 2008

Be sure not to miss Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an activist who helped end racial segregation in South Africa!

7:00- 8:30 a.m. (PST)
Plenary session with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, human rights activist and Nobel laureate
Archbishop Desmond Tutu's faith in and commitment to the peaceful destiny of South Africa earned him the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. He served as his country's voice of conscience during its long struggle against apartheid. During those years, Archbishop Tutu soothed the spirits and rallied the hearts of his people with simple words of passion and dignity. Those words also united the world against South Africa's apartheid regime.

8:45 - 10:15 a.m. (PST)
Responding to Tutu's Global Call to Action
Calling all youths! Don't miss this opportunity to hear young people's reactions to Archbishop Desmond Tutu's plenary address and global call to action. You will spend this session responding to issues discussed in the plenary session such as Jewish relations, Darfur, and HIV/AIDS.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (PST)
Tabitha Gkid's workshop on Using Virtual Worlds to Promote Service-Learning!
This session highlights some of the exciting work that young people are undertaking both on- and off-line to address significant problems faced by youths in the 21st century. Come hear what youths around the world are doing in virtual worlds at Global Kids, a New York nonprofit, to promote service-learning, and learn how you can do the same in your community!

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. (PST)
Youth in Media: Leveraging Our Power
Are you a middle or high school student who feels that you have creative media ideas to help change the world? This forum will feature panelists whose lives are focused on making change through media. This forum will ask, document, and seek to answer questions such as: What is the media feeding young people? How can media and service effectively complement each other to make change?

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