Bridging Divides

Service years bring people together across lines of difference through a shared experience that builds cultural competency and civic engagement, and strengthens social cohesion in America.

America desperately needs to invest in experiences that build empathy and understanding among youth, and a year of service has the potential to develop the next generation of empathetic civic leaders. Service year alums leave their service as more engaged citizens who are more likely to vote, get involved in their community, and feel confident about working with their peers to solve challenges. They are the future employers, politicians, educators, neighbors, citizens, and engaged leaders that America needs. 

Service Years Fuel Civic Renewal
  • 8 out of 10 AmeriCorps alums are, or plan to become, actively involved in their community post-service
  • YouthBuild increases social trust and community orientation among the low-income youth who serve in the program.
  • AmeriCorps, YouthBuild, and Peace Corps alumni vote and volunteer throughout their lives at higher rates than their peers.

Service Years + Bridging

Service Year Alliance and the AmeriCorps federal agency have partnered to better support AmeriCorps programs across the country in developing AmeriCorps members as life-long bridgers. The multi-year project, funded in part by Einhorn Collaborative, was launched in response to President Biden’s call to service to combat hate-fueled violence at the United We Stand summit last fall. 

We're aiming to bring the right resources, perspectives, and practices to the table to inform the national service ecosystem. National service helps to develop bridging behaviors among young people, but the practices that best foster bridging mindsets within national service experiences aren’t well understood. And where these practices are understood, they are unevenly deployed. This project aims to tackle these challenges. 

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