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Statement on President Biden's Call for National Service at the United We Stand Summit

Service Year Alliance released the following statement in response to President Biden’s call for a new era of national service at the United We Stand Summit:

“President Biden’s call for a new era of national service today at the United We Stand Summit was a massive victory for our vision of making national service part of growing up in America. Service Year Alliance applauds President Biden for this bold call to action — and specifically for calling for a $15/hour living allowance for all AmeriCorps members..."

Statement on President Biden's Call for National Service at the United We Stand Summit
Statement on President Biden's Call for National Service at the United We Stand Summit

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Resources for Service Year Alums

Recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program have expanded eligibility for service year alumni, making it faster to obtain student loan forgiveness for those working in public and non-profit careers.

The U.S. Department of Education released a waiver which allows student loan borrowers to count their term of service, including Peace Corps and AmeriCorps service, towards the ten years required to obtain PSLF — even if you put loans in forbearance or deferment and/or did not make qualifying payments during your service term. The waiver generally qualifies service alumni as under economic hardship during their service term, making them eligible to count their service term towards PSLF requirements. This waiver expires on Oct. 31 — apply today! 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: FAQs for Service Year Alums
Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Resources for Service Year Alums

Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps Issues Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

The Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps released the following statement regarding the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022:

The Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) is optimistic about Congress’ commitment to tackling the climate crisis with a much-needed down payment to reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and create jobs in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. 

Unfortunately, the 300,000 member Civilian Climate Corps, a cornerstone of the Presidential and Congressional climate agenda, was not included in the bill. We are encouraged by this down payment that will help our country reach our climate goals, including resources that prioritize environmental justice, an energy efficiency training program, and investing in clean energy technology, public lands, forests, and other conservation and mitigation projects. These Inflation Reduction Act investments need national service, AmeriCorps, and workforce training providers to serve as an accelerator and catalyst for lasting change.

The PCCC statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps Issues Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps Issues Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

The Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps released the following statement regarding the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022:

The Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) is optimistic about Congress’ commitment to tackling the climate crisis with a much-needed down payment to reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and create jobs in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. 

Unfortunately, the 300,000 member Civilian Climate Corps, a cornerstone of the Presidential and Congressional climate agenda, was not included in the bill. We are encouraged by this down payment that will help our country reach our climate goals, including resources that prioritize environmental justice, an energy efficiency training program, and investing in clean energy technology, public lands, forests, and other conservation and mitigation projects. These Inflation Reduction Act investments need national service, AmeriCorps, and workforce training providers to serve as an accelerator and catalyst for lasting change.

The PCCC statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps Issues Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Service Year Alliance statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Service Year Alliance released statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022:

Service Year Alliance is disheartened by Congress’ failure to include the proposed 300,000 member Civilian Climate Corps in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. 

We are encouraged by Congress’ investments in meeting our country’s ambitious climate goals by reducing emissions, investing in environmental justice, and supporting the growing clean energy sector, and we encourage Congress to quickly pass this bill to accelerate our efforts to combat climate change. But if these investments are to be successful and meet the long-term needs of the climate crisis, we must also give future generations an opportunity to take action and intentionally invest in workforce and talent pipelines to fill these new jobs in the clean energy industry.  

Service Year Alliance statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
Service Year Alliance statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda

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Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda with Recommendations for Improving the Accessibility of National Service

WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2022) – Service Year Alliance released an equity agenda today detailing recommendations for improving the accessibility of national service, including programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. The report, Equity Agenda: Recommendations for Improving the Accessibility of National Service, outlines suggestions to make national service more equitable and accessible for potential corps members from diverse and underserved communities, as well as to increase the accessibility of AmeriCorps grantmaking for nonprofits from those communities.

Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda
Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda

Kristen Bennett named CEO of Service Year Alliance

As Chief Executive Officer, Kristen is responsible for formulating and ensuring the execution of Service Year Alliance’s strategy to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity. A leader at Service Year Alliance since its founding — most recently as Chief Strategy Officer and interim co-CEO — Kristen brings nearly 15 years of national service experience and an in-depth understanding of the sector to the role as national service launches into a new era.

Her vision for a new era of national service prioritizes the experience and outcomes of those who serve and focuses on how to make national service more equitable and accessible for youth of all backgrounds.

Kristen Bennett named CEO of Service Year Alliance
Kristen Bennett named CEO of Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership

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Media Contact: Aly Ferguson, [email protected]

Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership

Bennett, an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and formerly Service Year Alliance’s interim co-CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, brings nearly 15 years of national service experience to the organization and commits to a new era focused on equity and post-service success

WASHINGTON, DC (June 29, 2022) – Service Year Alliance announced today that Kristen Bennett has been named CEO. A leader at Service Year Alliance since its founding — most recently as Chief Strategy Officer and interim co-CEO — Kristen brings nearly 15 years of national service experience and an in-depth understanding of the sector to the role as national service launches into a new era. The hiring of Bennett as CEO accompanies the launch of Service Year Alliance’s new strategic plan focused on reimagining the national service field and modernizing and improving the corps member experience, so those who serve are successful during and after their service year. 

Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership
Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership

America’s Service Commissions & Service Year Alliance Joint Recommendations Regarding National Service for WIOA

Earlier this spring, Service Year Alliance and America's Service Commissions worked together to issue a set of joint recommendations to the House Education and Labor Committee in their reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA,  which provides guidance and funding for a number of service year programs through the U.S. Department of Labor. We are grateful to the Committee for their ongoing support of national service and their recognition of the need to better knit together service and workforce development programming and resources.

America’s Service Commissions & Service Year Alliance Joint Recommendations Regarding National Service for WIOA
America’s Service Commissions & Service Year Alliance Joint Recommendations Regarding National Service for WIOA

New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service & the CCC

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New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service and the Civilian Climate Corps

The poll release kicks off a new, multi-year project funded, in part, by the Cisco Foundation to explore how to best utilize national service as a human capital solution to climate change

WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2022) – Service Year Alliance released a new poll today showing that nearly all young people are concerned about climate change, but two-thirds of youth are unsure what they can do to personally make a difference. The poll, which was conducted by Data for Progress, kicked off a new, multi-year project funded in part by the Cisco Foundation that is exploring national service as a human capital solution to climate change. The results highlight the opportunity to engage youth in a year of paid, climate-focused national service and mobilize them to be part of the solution to the climate crisis. 

The poll also found that 72% of young people support the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) as proposed by Congress and the White House, and 38% of young people say they would “strongly” or “maybe” consider joining the CCC.

New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service & CCC
New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service & the CCC
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