Service Year Alliance would like to congratulate the winners our 2017 Best Practices Competition. Throughout the summer, we ran a competition in search of the best of the best in the service year field. Service Year Alliance is grateful for all the organizations that submitted their practices, however the following organizations’ practices rose to the top.
We will work with these programs to turn their practices into templates for other programs to use and learn from — keep your eye out for the monthly Service Year Connector newsletter as these resources become available in the coming months. Congratulations again to the winners!
2017 Best Practices Competition Winners
California State University Chancellor's Office*
CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan)
City of Rochester, New York
Community Mediation Maryland
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Institute for Emerging Issues
Iowa Department of Public Health
Los Angeles Promise Zone
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Martha O'Bryan Center*
Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
Playworks Education Energized
Public Allies Chicago
Seattle AmeriCorps Collaborative
Super Stars Literacy
United Way of Genesee County
University of Northern Iowa
Utah State University Public & School Partnership*
Virginia Mentoring Partnership
*These organizations won with multiple submissions.
Record number of dinosaurs took to the streets of Washington, DC to stop national service extinction
This morning, an unprecedented number of dinosaurs took to the streets of Washington, DC to tell Congress to stop national service extinction. The hundreds of dinosaurs and national service advocates were present at 8 locations across the city. This included Dupont Circle, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and Union Station. The morning ended with a record number of dinosaurs rallying at the US Capitol. The campaign was in response to President Trump's 2018 budget proposal which threatens to eliminate national service programs like AmeriCorps and outlines the largest cut to the Peace Corps by a president in 40 years.
In New York City’s most high-crime neighborhoods, service year corps members with Green City Force are teaching their neighbors environmental sustainability practices — all the while learning essential job skills for the workforce. We teamed up with NationSwell to tell the story.
“Doing a service year with Teach for America changed my trajectory and got me involved in education, which I will be involved in for the rest of my life.”Read more
VIDEO: Journey to Becoming a Community Leader | Find out how Germain transformed his life with a service year
“I was involved in an altercation that led me to be put in juvenile hall. When I got out, I told myself I needed to make a change...My service year with Youth Conservation Corps became the vehicle to transform my life."Read more
“What I learned in that [service year]...is that you are an incredible ripple in this big pool that is the world around you. And all you have to do is show up.”Read more
We invite you to join us in imagining the impact service years at scale could have in your community to meet specific, local needs.
How do I expand service year programs in my community or state?
Creating a Service Year Program
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.
Bring Service Year Programs to Your Community
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.
Expanding Service Years in States
The Expanding Service Years in States Toolkit is a joint effort between Service Year Alliance, America’s Service Commissions and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This toolkit is designed to highlight ways in which governors, state legislators, and other elected officials can embrace service as a strategy to address the needs of their communities. It outlines ways in which governors and other elected officials have leveraged federal as well as state, local, and private resources to expand full-time service opportunities, known as service years. We hope this toolkit will serve as an inspiration and guide for state leaders to to expand service opportunities through diverse funding sources to meet pressing economic and social needs.