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The Service Year Brand: A New Approach to the Service Year Movement

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The idea of a service year is not new — with programs, big and small, making a tremendous impact in local communities for many years. Young people participating in service years have walked away with essential skills, a new sense of perspective, and a feeling of civic responsibility. At Service Year Alliance, we envision a day where these experiences are a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.

In order to make that day a reality, this idea needs a fresh, bold approach. An approach that’s bold, adventurous, optimistic, and inclusive. One that truly represents an experience that’s transformative on three levels — for participants, our communities, and our society.

Introducing the Service Year Brand: A New Approach to the Service Year Movement
The Service Year Brand: A New Approach to the Service Year Movement

Three Organizations Merge; Announce Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance

Today, three organizations — ServiceNation, the Franklin Project, and the Service Year Exchange — officially announced their merger, forming Service Year Alliance, an organization aiming to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. Service Year Alliance’s vision is simple but ambitious: every year, one million young Americans engage in a service year, solving important problems while transforming their own lives.

Big news! 3 Organizations Merge; Announce @ServiceYr to make a #serviceyear a common expectation & opportunity for all!
Three Organizations Merge; Announce Service Year Alliance

Details about our new strategy & how we’re different from past efforts

As we launch our new, merged organization we thought it would be helpful to give some details about how Service Year Alliance came to be and our strategic direction.  For those who want to get into the weeds a bit, this post is for you.

Details about our new strategy & how we’re different from past efforts
Details about our new strategy & how we’re different from past efforts

Service Year Alliance + Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

DRK Foundation

As Service Year Alliance launches, we are very proud and honored to announce we were accepted into the portfolio of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is a venture philanthropy firm, which has invested in major social sector players like Kiva, The Mission Continues, IDEO.org, One Acre Fund, Taproot Foundation, and many more.

.@ServiceYr joins @DRKFoundation’s portfolio! Learn more about our work to make a #serviceyear a common opportunity:
Service Year Alliance + Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Service Year Alliance Partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service

Service Year Alliance strives to grow service years in America, expanding from 65,000 opportunities today to 100,000 by 2019, and 1 million within a generation. We are proud to partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) — a federal agency that places more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members in 15,000 locations across the country — to boost the recruitment of young people to serve in AmeriCorps.

Service Year Alliance Partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service
Service Year Alliance Partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Hill: Uniting a divided nation

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The Hill: Uniting a divided nation
The Hill: Uniting a divided nation

5 Reasons Service Year Corps Members Make Back to School Fun

Summer is coming to an end and it’s almost time to head back to school! This means shopping for school supplies, choosing out an outfit for the first day of school and getting organized before heading back to class — not exactly what we had in mind for our last week of summer vacation!

5 Reasons Service Year Corps Members Make Back to School Fun
5 Reasons Service Year Corps Members Make Back to School Fun

5 Reasons a Service Year is Better Than Your Desk Job

For many of us, summer days are spent staring out the window (if you have one) and wondering what you're missing stuck behind your cubicle desk. Well, for many service year corps members, their summers are spent tackling real issues — sometimes outdoors, sometimes indoors with cool people — but always making an impact. So, with that in mind, here are just five ways that a service year is better than your desk job.

5 Reasons a Service Year is Better Than Your Desk Job
5 Reasons a Service Year is Better Than Your Desk Job

Addressing Broken Citizenship And Pressing Challenges through a Service Year

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Addressing Broken Citizenship And Pressing Challenges through a Service Year
Addressing Broken Citizenship And Pressing Challenges through a Service Year

Service Year Brand Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New York, NY & Washington, DC – July 26, 2016 – Service Year Alliance (“Alliance”) and Matt Ronen, CEO of New York-based Service Year, Inc., jointly announce their agreement that Service Year Alliance will exclusively own and use the Service Year name. 

Service Year Brand Announcement
Service Year Brand Announcement
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Together we have the potential to make a #serviceyear a common expectation and opportunity for all