What is a service year? What is the federal government's role in service years? Do Americans support it? All of this answered and more in our FAQs.
Service Year Alliance has a three-part policy and advocacy strategy to engage members of Congress to support national service and increase funding to expand service year opportunities with AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and YouthBuild.
Federal funding accounts for more than half of all national service support but has grown little over the past decade.
The National Service Caucus is a bipartisan group of members of Congress who support expanding service year opportunities. 115th Congress National Service Caucus members. Click here to view members.
Download our education policy paper: "The Role of National Service in Improving Elementary and Secondary Education Outcomes in Low-Income Schools"
On Friday, February 17 the New York Times published a report claiming that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) — including AmeriCorps — is on a “hit list” of federal programs the Trump administration could propose to eliminate. There is nothing more American than national service. Right now, 80,000 young people are working together to provide critical services to communities in need across the country. This willingness of our citizens to come together — to engage deeply in our communities — and create real change is what makes us special. Read the latest press on the efforts to save AmeriCorps.
Support has flooded in from across the country from major media outlets, local papers, editorial boards, and blogs. View the support here.
During the 2016 elections, Service Year Alliance joined together with Voices for National Service to propose a Service Year Challenge to our country’s presidential nominees and future policymakers to make a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all. Click here to read more about the challenge.
Throughout history, presidents of both political parties have taken specific action to expand opportunities for young Americans to serve with programs like AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and YouthBuild. They have recognized the power of a young person from Birmingham serving alongside a young person from Brooklyn; Democrats serving alongside Republicans; Muslims serving alongside Christians and Jews. And they saw that service year is one of the most American experiences there is — one uniquely positioned to transform our country. View this infographic on presidential support for national service.
The Service Year Policy Council is a group of organizations working together to expand service year opportunities. Learn more about our collaborative work here.
Current members include:
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.