Service Year Alliance

As 2018 quickly comes to an end, we wanted to reflect on all the awesome work that has happened this year with service year alumni, corps members, and our staff.

This year, we kicked off our Service Year Corps Members & Alums Newsletter (yay!)grew our community of engaged alumni; advocated for continued national service funding and wonmade new resources for corps members, alumni, and programs to make service years stronger; and had events all across the nation from alumni and member picnics to professional development trainings. Not to mention all of the amazing work currently serving members did this year to support education, respond to disasters, and make our communities stronger than ever beforeWe thank you all for all you do to make this world a better place.

Watch our Service Year Alliance “Year In Review” and read about some new things from us this month. As always, let us know what you think and what you’d like to see in the future!

Wishing you the best this holiday season,

Cali Moore
Manager, Career and Education Pathways

Watch Our Year in Review Video


Live Event: Considering a Leap into the World of Politics?

We’re partnering with our friends over at New Politics Leadership Academy and providing an opportunity to dive into Answering The Call, a leadership development experience designed for people who want to find their second service and understand how to enter the world of politics to continue their service journey.

The conversation will take place on TODAY, December 13 at 6 PM EST via Facebook Live. RSVP now and join us on Today!

Event Recap: Service Year + Opportunity Youth Summit

On Monday, December 3rd, Service Year Alliance held the first-ever Service Year + Opportunity Youth Summit. With inspiration from experts and those who have a lived experience as opportunity youth, the full day event explored ways that service year programs of all types can improve outcomes for opportunity youth. Participants at the Summit included three service year alums whose lives were transformed by a year of service: Kenvin Licayo (Literacy Lab), Xavier Jennings (YouthBuild), and Amanda Young (AmeriCorps VISTA).

Check out the best moments from the event on Twitter.

Service Year Alliance also released the new research, “Investing in Service Years: A Strategy to Ensure the Future Success of the Nation's Opportunity Youth,” which calls for 100,000 opportunity youth in national service annually by 2023. Made possible with the support from the Schultz Family Foundation and J.P. Morgan, the paper explores how expanding service year experiences for young people who are neither in school or working can help reduce inequities and serve as an important bridge to jobs.

Employers (and Schools) Want You!

This year, we hosted two Virtual Career Fairs and two Virtual Higher Education Fairs, showing that employers and schools value the skills gained from doing a service year! Missed out? Check out our list here. Put our next Virtual Career Fair on your calendars for February 2019!

In other AMAZING #YourNextJob news, a new study from Burning Glass Technologies shows that service year alumni actually DO have better outcomes than our peers in many categories (which we always knew, but now we have the data to PROVE IT!). Read the study and the highlights below:

  • Service year programs promote Bachelor’s degree attainment.
  • Service year alumni begin their careers in higher-paying roles than their peers in a variety of career areas.
  • Service year alumni are more likely to advertise skills related to leadership and organization, which are commonly developed in service year programs.

Learn Tech Skills to Make an Impact

On Tuesday, we launched Service + Tech - a new opportunity for you to develop essential technology skills, discover pathways into tech careers, and leverage technology to solve society’s most pressing challenges. And, it’s FREE! Service+Tech was developed with support from Schmidt Futures and sponsored by SAP and Cisco. Interested in participating? Sign up today at


Alum Entrepreneur Spotlight - Zach Maurin, Storied Hats - (& a special discount!)

Meet Storied Hats - co-founded by Zach Maurin, a City Year 2003 Alum and founding Executive Director of Service Year Alliance. Storied Hats embraces no logos, values, and high quality materials. In Zach’s words, “For years I’ve tried to find hats without logos. I don’t want my forehead to feel like a billboard. I kept hearing from others who felt the same way. That’s why I started Storied Hats. We put you and design first. Our logo is nowhere to be found." And the hats have values: almost all organic materials, made by people paid a living wage, and a line of hats that donates 100% of profits to nonprofits.

Storied Hats is offering $5 off any hat to all service year corps members and alums by using code: SYALUM at checkout. Makes a great gift to family or friends! Use this link and your discount will be automatically applied to your order.

Are you an Alum & entrepreneur? Interested in having your company profiled and supporting our network and mission? Contact [email protected] for more information.

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