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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life in service of justice

An open letter to the Service Year Alliance community from our president, Robert Simmons III, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. Please join us on this day as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by committing to serve with humility, heart, and an open mind.

 

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life in service of justice
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life in service of justice

Service Year Alliance: Congress’s 2018 spending deal is a step forward for national service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Congress’s 2018 spending deal is a step forward for national service

Congress’s FY18 omnibus spending bill increases funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service by $34M

WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2018) – “Over a year ago, national service and AmeriCorps faced elimination in the President’s FY18 budget proposal. In response, tens of thousands of national service advocates refused to accept this proposal and came together to make their voices heard — sending emails, making calls, signing petitions, dressing up as dinosaurs at the Capitol, and taking action in local communities across the country,” said Shirley Sagawa, CEO of Service Year Alliance. “Late last night, all of this hard work paid off when Congress released the text of their FY18 omnibus spending bill which increases funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service by $34M, increases funding for YouthBuild by $5M, and level funds the Peace Corps. Together with the national service field, we won a hard fought battle and successfully turned elimination into expansion.”

Service Year Alliance: Congress’s 2018 spending deal is a step forward for national service #LetUsServe
Service Year Alliance: Congress’s 2018 spending deal is a step forward for national service

Meet Robert, our new President

Service Year Alliance just hired Robert Simmons III as our new President and we are pretty excited for you to meet him. We’ll let him take it from here...

Meet Robert, our new President
Meet Robert, our new President

Service Year Alliance and Points of Light Agree to Transfer of AmeriCorps Alums

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Service Year Alliance and Points of Light Agree to Transfer of AmeriCorps Alums

AmeriCorps Alums joins Service Year Alliance to boost service year field in innovative agreement with sector partner Points of Light

WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2018) – Today, in an effort to boost the service year field and advance shared missions, Service Year Alliance officially acquired AmeriCorps Alums from Points of Light. AmeriCorps Alums, which had been an enterprise of Points of Light since 2005, is the only national network that connects the over one million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs to resources that support their lifetime of service.

.@ServiceYear Alliance and @PointsofLight Agree to the Transfer of @AmeriCorpsAlums to boost #serviceyear field
Service Year Alliance and Points of Light Agree to Transfer of AmeriCorps Alums

AmeriCorps Alums is now part of Service Year Alliance

I’ve got exciting news to share.  As part of an innovative agreement and partnership between leading nonprofits, Points of Light is transferring AmeriCorps Alums — our programming, our brand, and our assets — to Service Year Alliance.

You may or may not know Service Year Alliance as the two-year old nonprofit startup that envisions an opportunity to serve for every young person in America. AmeriCorps Alums was involved in the early conversations that led to its formation and have partnered with Service Year Alliance’s team often over the years.

Stay Connected with AmeriCorps Alums

.@AmeriCorpsAlums is now part of Service Year Alliance. Ben Duda, formerly the Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums, and now a member of the @ServiceYear team, shares his thoughts on the big move:
AmeriCorps Alums is now part of Service Year Alliance

ENGAGE Partners with Service Year Alliance to Launch the East Boston Corps

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ENGAGE Partners with Service Year Alliance to Launch the East Boston Corps

EAST BOSTON, MA (February 26, 2018) - Today, ENGAGE and Service Year Alliance officially announced the launch of the East Boston Corps, a neighborhood-wide strategy to close the youth program gap and solve other community challenges in East Boston — like obesity, unemployment, and English literacy. ENGAGE is a Boston-based initiative focused on promoting positive youth development across the country and Service Year Alliance is a nonprofit missioned with making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all.

ENGAGE Partners with Service Year Alliance to Launch the East Boston Corps
ENGAGE Partners with Service Year Alliance to Launch the East Boston Corps

Service Year Alliance rejects the Administration’s budget proposal, calls for an increased investment in national service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 12, 2018

Service Year Alliance rejects the Administration’s budget proposal, calls for an increased investment in national service

WASHINGTON, DC (February 12, 2018)  – “National service is indispensable. The 75,000 young people who serve every year with national service programs like AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and YouthBuild are at the forefront of some of the biggest challenges facing the American people — from disaster relief and the opioid epidemic to education inequality and workforce development,” said Shirley Sagawa, CEO of Service Year Alliance. “In the wake of last year’s countless natural disasters, we witnessed the tremendous value of national service in action. Thousands of young people serving with AmeriCorps were deployed to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands where they quickly became the backbone of our disaster recovery efforts. Hundreds of these dedicated Americans are still on the scene today, supporting communities like Houston and Puerto Rico as they struggle to rebuild...”
@ServiceYear rejects the 2019 WH budget proposal, calls for an increased investment in @nationalservice #LetUsServe
Service Year Alliance rejects the Administration’s budget proposal, calls for an increased investment in national service

Dr. Robert Simmons lll to Join Service Year Alliance as President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dr. Robert Simmons III to Join Service Year Alliance as President

Simmons joins the organization’s leadership team alongside new board members and high profile Leadership Council members

WASHINGTON, DC (February 1, 2018)  – On Monday, February 5, 2018, Dr. Robert Simmons III will join Service Year Alliance as the organization’s new President. Simmons comes to Service Year Alliance from his previous role as Vice President of Strategy & Innovation for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement...
Dr. Robert Simmons lll to Join Service Year Alliance as President
Dr. Robert Simmons lll to Join Service Year Alliance as President

Top 7 Moments for Service Years in 2017

2017 was a big year for service years in America.

We took some time to reflect on the top moments in this video. Onto 2018!

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Top 7 Moments for Service Years in 2017
Top 7 Moments for Service Years in 2017

Employers Value Service Years | Farmers Insurance leading the way in valuing service years

Farmers Insurance is part of Employers for National Service - an initiative that connects AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other service year alumni with employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. More than 500 employers are now a part of the program, which gives national service alumni additional opportunities to apply their skills in the workplace. 

Employers Value Service Years | Farmers Insurance leading the way in valuing service years
Employers Value Service Years | Farmers Insurance leading the way in valuing service years
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