National Service Policy and Advocacy

Federal funding accounts for more than half of all national service support. Service Year Alliance has a three-part policy and advocacy strategy to engage members of Congress to support national service and to increase funding to expand service year opportunities with AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and YouthBuild.

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Service Year Alliance Policy Council

The Service Year Policy Council brings together leading organizations in the field to advocate for national service.


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National Service Congressional Caucus

June 14, 2018 // Author: Kevin Boyer

The National Service Congressional Caucus is a bipartisan group of members of Congress who support expanding service year opportunities. You can view a list of current members of the National Service Congressional Caucus on our partner Voices for National Service’s website here.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Taxability

June 14, 2018 // Author: Kevin Boyer

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is aid granted to a young person who completes a full term of national service to use toward college costs or paying down student loan debt. Over 900,000 individuals have earned AmeriCorps Education Awards since they were created. Because current law is markedly outdated, the Education Award is currently counted as annual gross income when filing federal taxes.

Service Year Alliance, along with our partner Voices for National Service and other members of the Service Year Policy Council, calls on Congress to update current law to align with the true intent of offering Education Awards and remove barriers that discourage young people from taking advantage of a hard-earned way to help pay for college or contribute to student loan debt repayment. Learn more about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award taxability here.

Higher Education Policy Agenda 2018

June 14th, 2018 // Author: Kevin Boyer

The Service Year Alliance is on the hill this spring advocating for our higher education policy agenda! We’re meeting with members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. You can view our 2018 higher education policy agenda here.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

“[National service] is not just an important service to our country and our communities, it also adds value to those individuals lives.”


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

"Whether joining the military or committing to one of the many civilian service opportunities, I encourage all young Americans to take time to serve their country, which will set the stage for our next generation of leaders to step up."

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