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3rd Annual Raise Your Voice for
Service-Learning Conference

~March 22 - 23, 2010, Tallahassee~


Click Here for the Full Program of events (Part I).

Click Here for the Full Program of events (Part II).

Final RYVSL Press Release.

2010 FL&S Talking Points.

Keynote Speaker Poster

Fliers with RYVSL events! Click here or on images to download.

The 3rd Annual Raise Your Voice for Service-Learning Conference at the Tallahassee downtown DoubleTree Hotel will include workshops, training, displays in the Capitol, student visits with legislators, and a rally and press conference to celebrate the upcoming Florida Service-Learning Month. Over 300 people are planning to attend. There is no conference registration fee, and the hotel is within walking distance of the Capitol.

Register for this event now! Contact your legislators soon to begin making arrangements to meet with them both locally and when you come to Tallahassee.

Keynote Speakers:

We are excited to announce the participation of two very important people:

Rachael Todd, the reigning Miss Florida, who has platforms encouraging young people to serve and to address the needs of homelessness and restoring the Florida Everglades. Miss Todd will speak at the opening session on March 22 and challenge students to submit their stories of service. She will then conduct recognition visits/assemblies at several schools that send in the best stories. She will also speak at the rally for service learning on March 23.

Miss Florida’s Millennial Challenge

Miss Florida, Rachael Todd also has a challenge for FL students. Submit to the Miss Florida Organization as a school, a class or an individual the way(s) in which you are making a difference. The Miss Florida Organization and Miss Todd will review your accomplishments and ideas, and she will then visit several schools to recognize Millennials who are making the biggest positive impacts.The application is due April 4th. Click here for the official entry form. Send by e-mail to MissFlorida@MissFlorida.org.

Representative Rick Kriseman, from Pinellas County, is the architect and leading supporter of legislation that passed in 2009 supporting service learning. He will speak at the opening session on 3/22 and the rally on 3/23. He will also join students from Lakeland High School in an afternoon workshop on 3/22 on how to effectively present your service-learning project to legislators, the media, and others.

April is Florida Service-Learning Month, and a new proclamation will be issued by Governor Crist and celebrated at the Conference. Click on the image below to see the proclamation from 2010 (PDF).

Review the sections below for information about the agenda, planned workshops, and scheduling information visits with legislators.

We look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee!


 Click here to register for RYVSL 2010

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Monday, March 22 (events at DoubleTree Hotel)

  • 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Registration
  • 1:00-1:45 p.m. Opening Plenary
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m. Workshops I (7 choices)
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. Workshops II (7 choices)
  • 4:45-5:00 p.m. Closing Plenary

Tuesday, March 23 (events at Florida Capitol)

  • 8:00-8:45 a.m.----Set up displays in Capitol
  • 8:45-11 a.m. -----Students man displays, students and teachers visit legislators
  • 11 a.m. -----------Rally/press conference to recognize April as Service-Learning Month
  • 11:45 a.m. --------End of Conference

March 22 Workshops

Workshops are being planed and organized, and will be presented primarily by students from Florida Service-Learning Leader Schools. Schools and will include the following topics:

  1. Communicating about service learning with the public, elected officials, the media
  2. Using technology to tell your service-learning story (web sites, blogs, video, pod casts, tweeting, etc.)
  3. Building great and sustainable service-learning partnerships
  4. Youth voice and leadership in service learning
  5. Publish about your program
  6. Teaching through art—skits, songs, painting, puppetry, murals, dance, poetry, etc.
  7. Youth as philanthropists (service-learning mini-grants and Penny Harvest)
  8. PeaceJam
  9. How to tell a legislator about your project—Rep. Rick Kriseman will help students practice meeting with legislators.
  10. State Farm service-learning initiatives
  11. New service-learning legislation and service-learning courses
  12. Exemplary project presentations

Scheduling Visits with Legislators

Every group should make plans to visit with one or more state Senators or Representatives on the morning of March 23—there is time for you to visit with multiple offices. At these visits, students educate their elected officials about service learning and their projects. Contact information for all members of the House and Senate members is included in the link below, which has mutiple resources to help you provide information about your great efforts to elected officials and the media: Click here for the media kit page.

Contact your legislators’ offices now to let them know you are coming to Tallahassee to meet with them on March 23. Even if they are unable to schedule a specific time on 3/23 this far in advance, it is useful to make initial contact and make them aware of your intentions. You can then, if necessary, schedule the appointment closer to the actual 3/23 date—even as late at 3/22 or the morning of 3/23.


The Raise Your Voice for Service-Learning Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee, located at 101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, 32301-7774. For more information on the DoubleTree (including directions), see the hotel web site by clicking here.

Doubletree Hotel Tallahassee
101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee 32301
Phone: 850-224-5000; Fax: 850-513-9516

Clcik here to see local map, directions and information on parking.

To reserve your hotel room(s), contact the DoubleTree at 850-224-5000. Tell them you are registering as part of the “Raise Your Voice” conference to get the special conference rate of $119 per night. You will need proof of non-profit status to avoid paying taxes on the room(s).

NOTE: As of March 4th, 2010, our room block at the DoubleTree is full.


The following additional hotels are within one mile of the Capitol, offer rooms for $109 a night, have rooms with indoor access, and include free breakfast:

1. Holiday Inn, Capitol East – 1355 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, 32301 (corner of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive), 850-877-3171.

2. Hampton Inn – 2979 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, 32301 (behind Torreya Grill), 850-309-1300.


Helpful Resources

Download the FL&S Student Guide for Working with Legislators. Click Here.

See our page on Outreach and working with the Media.Click Here.


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