Take a few minutes and check out all of the incredible ways that service year corps members are making an impact as we kick off 2017. They continue to show how young people address our communities' most pressing challenges -- from preserving conservation areas in heavy snow and repairing flood-damaged homes, to organizing incredible MLK Day of Service activities in communities.
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
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SERVICE YEAR ALLIANCE LAUNCHES IN NYC FOLLOWING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
November 15, 2016 - Yesterday, Service Year Alliance gathered leaders from our nation’s top companies, philanthropies, nonprofits and higher education institutions, as well as service year corps members, high school and college students at ArtBeam in New York City to launch the next chapter of the service year movement. The organization announced its plans to grow the number of service years in America from 65,000 annually to 100,000 by 2019 and one million within a generation, as it seeks to make the experience a common expectation and common opportunity for young Americans of all backgrounds.Read more
On November 14, 2016, Service Year Alliance launched the next chapter of the service year movement in front of a crowd of 350 partners, supporters, and service year corps members and alumni.
The event featured exciting announcements and speakers from some of our nation’s top companies, philanthropists, nonprofits, higher education institutions and more — all coming together in pursuit of our shared vision: when a service year is a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.
“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.