On Wednesday, March 8, Service Year Alliance hosted a workshop session at The Corps Network conference discussing the best ways to mobilize corps members and recent alums to support recruitment efforts and track the impact on program recruitment. This session explores ways to engage corps members in recruitment efforts, including through leveraging incentivized referrals, trackable referral codes, storytelling efforts, and more. Along with presenting some strategies and ideas, this session also incorporated opportunities for participants to interact and share strategies they’ve leveraged for engaging their corps members in recruitment.
Service Year Alliance’s Statement on President Biden's FY24 Budget Request:
“President Biden’s bold budget request — which calls for a robust 13 percent increase in funding for AmeriCorps, a 15 percent increase to the Peace Corps, a 38 percent increase to YouthBuild, and a $20 million investment in establishing the Civilian Climate Corps through a partnership with the Department of Labor, AmeriCorps, and other federal agencies — is a critical step toward making national service part of growing up in America. Service Year Alliance applauds the president for continuing to make good on his Administration’s commitments to national service,” said Kristen Bennett, CEO of Service Year Alliance. “The proposed increase to AmeriCorps would allow for continued increases to AmeriCorps members’ living allowance, moving closer to President Biden’s call for a $15/hour living allowance at the United We Stand summit last fall. This commitment, along with multiple equity-focused proposals in his budget request related to expanding non-competitive eligibility to all AmeriCorps members, making the education award accessible for DACA recipients, eliminating the tax on the Segal Education Award, and other essential improvements that will strengthen national service and lay the foundation, so that one day all young Americans have the opportunity to serve. We strongly urge Congress to work toward an appropriations package that meets the President’s budget request and continues the long legacy of bipartisan support for national service.”
Meet Geri Lopez — a member of the White Earth tribe in Central Minnesota. Geri's service year as an AmeriCorps member with Ampact’s Home Energy Initiative armed her with the skills she needed to secure her job as a Weatherization Auditor at at MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership.
On International Women's Day, Geri shared her service year story on stage in Miami at Aspen Ideas: Climate...
Service Year Alliance’s testimony in support of Maryland’s Serving Every Region Through Vocational Exploration (SERVE) Act:
Service Year Alliance is pleased to support House Bill 546, the SERVE Act, which would create a service year option for Maryland high school graduates. Service Year Alliance is a national nonprofit which seeks to make a service year — a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service — an expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. Our organization supports service year programs across the country with tools and resources to help elevate and expand the service year field. Service years transform lives, offering young people postsecondary pathways into college and career and building talent pipelines into the public and nonprofit sectors. Service years also meet urgent community needs in areas like education, conservation, clean energy, public health, re-entry services, and much more. As Governor Moore expressed in his State of the State address, service years can help to rebuild our country’s social fabric, bringing individuals together across lines of difference as the “antidote to loneliness and otherness.”
Governor Moore’s proposed Service Year Option will make Maryland a model for the country in offering service year opportunities specifically targeted for high school graduates and those who have earned their GED. As outlined, the Service Year Option will offer a host of high-quality benefits and wraparound support services, including compensating participants at $15 per hour, a post-service stipend, mentoring and networking opportunities with fellow participants across the state, and a flexible schedule to make service an accessible and financially feasible option for those with caregiving and other commitments. This high-quality program design adopts many of the best practices laid out in Service Year Alliance’s recent Equity Agenda for National Service and is necessary in order to equitably expand service years in Maryland and across the country.
Service Year Alliance released the following statement in response to Governor Wes Moore’s Executive Order on the establishment of the Maryland Department of Service and Civic Innovation:
“Service Year Alliance applauds Governor Moore on his bold action to expand service year opportunities in Maryland. It is energizing to see his campaign commitments and long-time championing of service years come to life on the first day of his administration with an executive order creating the Maryland Department of Service and Civic Innovation. This action elevates service to a cabinet-level agency with a new Secretary overseeing its work to create the Service Year Option, including supporting and expanding service year programs, managing the state service commission, implementing the Maryland Corps, and advising the Governor on service. This executive order positions Maryland as a service leader, joining a small number of states that have instituted a cabinet-level position focused on service.
On Thursday, December 1, Brookings Metro and Service Year Alliance hosted an event to explore this infrastructure workforce opportunity, with an emphasis on creating a talent pipeline for the energy efficiency sector. The event examined how current service year programs are undertaking energy transition work through strong relationships with state partners, including state energy agencies.
This white paper outlines how service year programs, state service commissions, and state energy agencies can work together to launch clean energy infrastructure programs utilizing service years, and offers new and forthcoming resources which will help to highlight a variety of program models.
Over 100 Service, Workforce, Energy, Labor, Youth and Environmental Justice Organizations Join Together to Launch the Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps to Put Youth on Pathways to Resilience Careers
The non-partisan collection of national and local organizations is working toward implementing a national service corps to address climate resilience and mitigation
WASHINGTON, DC (January 9, 2022) – Today, over 100 cross-sector organizations announced the launch of the Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps (PCCC) to implement a national service corps to advance climate resilience and mitigation. The partnership includes organizations representing leaders in national service, workforce, labor, environmental justice and conservation, youth-serving organizations, and the growing resilience and clean energy industries, and represents national, state, and local organizations across the country...
Four years ago, Service Year Alliance acquired AmeriCorps Alums and everything we have shared with policymakers and leaders over the years was confirmed — alums of AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, YouthBuild, and all service year programs are the most passionate, engaged, and thoughtful leaders we know.
In an effort to better support the alum networks across the country, we created the Alumni Chapter Steering Committee (ACSC) — a group of nine diverse service year alums who brought the voices and perspectives of alums and alum chapters to regular conversations, strategy meetings, and brainstorming sessions across our organization. We are forever grateful for the work of this impressive group of alums over the years and for their contributions to our mission and to service year alums across the country. But Service Year Alliance can do more as an organization to grow, connect, and support all alums as they exit service.
As we kick off 2023, we are prioritizing three bodies of work related to AmeriCorps Alums and service year alums...
Service Year Alliance released the following statement today in response to Congress’ FY23 Omnibus Spending Bill:
“Service Year Alliance is grateful for Congress’ increased investment in national service and AmeriCorps to meet urgent community needs, strengthen social cohesion, and provide career and higher education on-ramps for young people. While we appreciate these funding increases provided in the FY23 omnibus spending bill, we remain concerned about the agency’s long-term ability to expand access to national service while avoiding an impending funding cliff as American Rescue Plan investments expire...
For decades, we’ve expected young Americans to graduate high school, go to college, and then get a job. Somewhere along the way, though, our institutions lost the trust of the next generation and they began to question the value of this path.
It’s time to rethink the path to success for our nation’s youth and rebuild trust along the way by prioritizing opportunities that bring people from different backgrounds together through a shared goal and common purpose.
Every young person in America should spend a year in national service.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA alum, my year of service taught me first-hand about the power of national service to launch youth on pathways to success, transform communities, and bring people together.