Check out the 2020 study from Voices for National Service, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps: Quantifying the Impact, which features one of our founding Impact Communities — Flint, Michigan — in a case study that demonstrates a double in the return on investment of national service when communities coordinate their efforts and collaborate for better impact!
National service is a powerful tool for communities to address local needs. Service Year Alliance has been working closely with select community collaboratives, taking a hands-on approach to helping them craft strategies and create the conditions to scale national service locally.
These communities are demonstrating that there is a real demand for service years across the country, while becoming models for other local communities of how to make national service an opportunity for all young Americans.
Service years are a highly effective form of community development. They’re a powerful strategy in a community’s toolbox for addressing local needs including developing future leaders that increase a region’s economic mobility including connections to talent pipelines and careers, increasing educational attainment and advancement, and supporting disaster preparedness and recovery. They offer invaluable experiences that support hands-on learning and service opportunities and in some cases, even workplace credentials that can foster economic development and advance connections to workforce development needs.
Learn more about our ten Service Year Impact Communities: