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.
Service Year Alliance is hosting a series of mini awards to source great ideas and hear inspiring stories from the service year field. Winners will receive a cash prize. Check back often to see what new award is opening up!
Other open awards:
Awards Submissions Due by August 31st
For a recently graduated service year corps member’s story about how they lived on the service year stipend and adjusted to their service year community.
Awards Submissions Due by September 30th
For the organization that excels at recruiting and retaining Opportunity Youth.
For the organization whose service year model provides Opportunity Youth with a transformational experience.
“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.