Service Year Alliance
What We Do

Service Year Alliance is an organization relentlessly pursuing a bold vision — making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans as a way to tackle important challenges while transforming their own lives.

How are we making a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans?


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“Over the next generation, we will need to come together to solve some big problems. We’ll only do that if we have citizens who are well-versed in working together across all the lines that divide us. A system of voluntary universal national service is an opportunity to shape Americans today so we can come together to solve big problems tomorrow. I believe that the next step in the American experiment is the expectation of a year or more of service.”

-General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, Chairperson, Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance Goals

Our strategic plan covers four years (2016-2019), with two overarching goals:

  1. Grow service years from 65,000 positions each year to 100,000; and
  2. Create the conditions for large-scale, long-term growth.

Service Year Alliance is building a three-part infrastructure necessary to meet those two goals:

  • Catalyze supply of service years
  • Build awareness and demand among young people
  • Unlock more funding from public and private sources

Our Values

Our Strategic Plan

Service Year Alliance's Two-Pager

Growth with quality and impact

Service Year Alliance is only focused on growth that delivers a two-fold impact: measurably addressing defined needs in communities and changing the lives of those who serve. We are doing this by pursuing growth in specific areas to address specific challenges; developing issue-area growth cohorts; and writing public policy aligned around defined challenges.

What We Do 

A state-of-the-art online marketplace and resource hub to match young people interested in service with service year opportunities.


National Recruitment, Awareness, and Corps Member Support

Inspire a generation and reward their service


Issue and Place Growth

Expand service years in targeted ways


Policy and Advocacy

Support a Washington, DC operation, grassroots movement, and alliance of influential Americans

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Service Year Alliance | What We Do
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