In communities across the nation, tens of thousands of service year corps members are working to address local needs — making a huge impact on important issues such as education, the environment, health, and many others. In programs such as City Year, FoodCorps, Habitat for Humanity, and hundreds more — corps members make a lasting impact on communities while building valuable skills that help advance their education and career.
We invite you to join us in imagining the impact service years at scale could have in your community to meet specific, local needs.
Every community can create its own service year program to address local needs. The “Creating a Service Year Program” Handbook provides a guideline for starting a service year program. An effective service year has the potential for substantial impact on three fronts — the host organization’s capacity for achieving its mission, the community in which service is performed, and the individual who completes the service.
Some communities are taking a more ambitious approach, going beyond a single program and scaling service year opportunities to complement other community-wide initiatives. We’re looking for a handful of communities to become pilot sites for this approach. Check back soon for more information about this exciting initiative.