and Partners

Service Year Alliance


Service Year Alliance’s mission is to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. National service refers to programs including AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, YouthBuild, Teach for America, the NYC Civic Corps, Green City Force, and hundreds of state, local and organizational programs across the country. To advance its mission, Service Year Alliance (SYA) unlocks the power of service years for communities, employers, programs, commissions, and policymakers.


Purpose: To support the general operation and vision of Service Year Alliance

SYA focuses its work in four areas:

  • National Recruitment, Awareness and Corps Member Support to Inspire a Generation and Reward their Service
  • Marketplace and Resource Hub to help youth learn about and find service opportunities, and help organizations find youth candidates
  • Issue and Place Growth to Expand Service Years in Targeted Ways
  • Policy and Advocacy to Support a Washington, DC Operation, Grassroots Movement, and Alliance of Influential Americans to Expand Service Years


Since its launch in 2016 as a merger of Be the Change, the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, ServiceNation, and the Service Year Exchange Project of the National Conference on Citizenship, SYA:

  • Helped the next generation of exciting new service year programs launch and grow, including ArtistYear, Baltimore Corps, Lead For America, MedServe, and Report For America.
  • Engaged more than 150,000 young people in their search for the right service year opportunity on
  • Acquired AmeriCorps Alums, the only national network that connects over 1 million alums from all AmeriCorps programs.
  • Led creative advocacy campaigns that reached hundreds of millions of people and increased federal funding for national service.
    • Since SYA’s founding, federal funding for full-time AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and YouthBuild positions has grown from a baseline level of $916M in FY15 to $1.255B in FY19 — a cumulative increase of $1.2B in funding for national service.
  • Built a network of communities across the country that are using service years as a strategy to solve community challenges.