Service Year Alliance elevates service years as an experience that transforms lives, strengthens communities, and fuels civic renewal.

We lift up stories about the impact of service years on individuals, communities, and our country as a way to persuade decision makers — including federal, state, and local legislators, as well as private sector leaders — to unlock funds for service years. Additionally, we aim to inspire the next generation of young Americans to do a service year.

We do this through social media campaigns, earned media, partnering with thought leaders on opinion editorials, and more.

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“We Americans suck at regimentation and blindly following orders from the top down. But we’re pretty good at local initiative, youthful dynamism and decentralized civic action. We need a Covid response that fits the kind of people we are. National service is an essential piece of that response.”
-David Brooks,
New York Times, May 2020

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In Covid-19 crisis, expand service options for young people | CNN

By Howard Schultz, Executive Co-chair of Serve America Together & Gen. (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, Chairperson of Service Year Alliance

After graduating from college last year, Ora Tucker Meadows chose to spend a year in service to our country by assisting teachers at an elementary school in the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois.

When the Covid-19 crisis shut down her school, Meadows, a member of AmeriCorps, a national service organization that she joined out of college, had the option of hunkering down at home. Instead, she found a new way to serve: She spent her days distributing lunches to students, sorting food at a local pantry and checking on seniors who were isolating at home. Now she is tutoring summer-school students online.

For decades, government-funded national service programs like AmeriCorps have been dispatching thousands of young people to help their fellow Americans in communities across the country.

In turn, those who serve receive a modest stipend while gaining new skills and a true sense of purpose.

During the last three months, legions of Americans participating in national service programs have stepped up to provide much-needed assistance for coronavirus response activities...

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A million opportunities for a better America | Dallas Morning News

By John Bridgeland, Vice Chair of Service Year Alliance

Even as we face the hard realities of a pandemic, the fight for social justice, and divisive national politics, recent national polling offers a spot of good news. More than seven out of 10 Americans believe they have more in common with one another than many people think.

Those findings are part of a recent survey conducted for Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights and Institute of Politics. Americans, it turns out, are not as divided as our politics and news media might indicate.

But if that’s the good news, the opportunity here that has yet to be fully realized is translating this broader sense of unity into more cohesiveness within our society. And fortunately, there is a way to forge such connectedness, if we’re open to a big idea to enhance our national happiness.

Democracies are dependent upon engaged citizens. Yet, America doesn’t ask very much of us — we pay taxes and some of us vote. What’s needed are more rites of passage as young people come of age to foster a culture that places the individual American at the center of problem-solving.

One big idea is to create a common expectation and opportunity for young adults to perform a year of national service...

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Americans want to serve — it's up to us to give them the chance | The Hill

By Dr. Hon. Joe Heck, Co-chair of Serve America Together

Throughout the course of history, Americans have, time and again, come together in moments of crisis to confront our challenges and move the country forward. As I envision a path out of the current crises facing our nation, I believe this moment is no different.

For the past three years, I served as the chairman of the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, a position I was appointed to by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and which allowed me to continue my own service to our country, building upon my current service in the Army Reserve and my experience as a former three-term Republican congressman. Throughout the congressionally-mandated Commission’s tenure that explored America’s appetite for service and the potential need for a military draft, we traveled across the country hearing from Americans about their desire to serve, the barriers to service, and their ideas for inspiring more people to serve.

During those listening tours, we met Americans from both sides of the political aisle who were willing to roll up their sleeves, put their differences aside, and get to work for the good of the country. Conversation after conversation, one theme continued to ring true — service, in all its forms, is critical to the well-being and security of our nation. Whether folks served overseas with our military, mentored students in classrooms here at home, or spent decades in public service at the state, local or tribal level, they all felt some ownership for the success of our nation. They had skin in the game and wanted the best for the country as a whole...

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