Best Practices Competition

Our Mission

Service Year Alliance is relentlessly pursuing a bold vision — making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans as a way to tackle important challenges while transforming their own lives. We focus on this “double bottom line” — impact on the young person serving and on the communities in which they serve.

About the Best Practices Competition

Service Year Alliance is addressing the double bottom line by gathering, collating, and publishing best practices in the service year field so all host organizations can be more effective and successful. “Best” are those practices that produce exceptional results. Submit your program’s best practice and become eligible to win a cash prize of $2,000 and public recognition through Service Year Alliance’s website and social media channels. All viable submissions will be published on the Service Year Alliance website as examples for the field.

Benefits of Participating

  • Recognize your organization’s outstanding practices and effectiveness.
  • Develop a learning culture across the service year programs that continuously pursues better ways of making things happen
  • Lower the barrier for programs to scale by not recreating what is already existing in the service year field. 

Click here for examples of the types of resources and categories

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2017

Apply Here

(Entry takes about 5-10 minutes)

More Details & Expectations

Submit your best:

  • How-to guides,
  • Templates,
  • Policy documents, and/or
  • Training documents

In the categories of: 

  • Corps member experience
  • Program effectiveness
  • Strategic partnerships & collaborations
  • Growth strategies, and/or
  • Building the movement  

Full description of these types and categories are here.

What You Will Submit:

  • Required Basics: Your first and last name, your job title, your email, service program name, resource type (descriptions below), and resource category (descriptions below).

  • Required Narrative: Describing why your practice is best in class. “Best” are those practices that produce exceptional results. Optional (and appreciated): Any data collection results or case studies from the community, your constituents, or corps members backing up your best practice.

  • Required Documentation: Submission of best practice document, spreadsheet, presentation (hard copy or web link).

  • Required Knowledge: how did you hear about the best practice competition, is your program on and would you like to receive updates from Service Year?

  • By submitting, you authorize and give consent to Service Year Alliance to use photographs, videos, and resource guides submitted through the competition, and name, voice, and likeness, in digital, written, or any other formats, for any lawful purpose, including for best practice guide creation, publicity, illustration, advertising, and promotional purposes. Winners will also need to sign full consent forms (viewed here).



Best Practices Competition
Best Practices Competition
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