Is a service year right for me?
Discover if a service year is right for you, whether you've just finished high school or college or you're looking to find your path.
What is a service year?
A service year is a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service.
Types of service years
There are over 65,000 service year opportunities in a variety of issues all across the country.
Paid gap years
Get paid to make a difference during your gap year with any of these opportunities.
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Money for college
Earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college or student loans with these opportunities.
Paths to nonprofit careers
Help strengthen your communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills through these opportunities.
Love the outdoors?
Get exposed to conservation and environmental issues with these service year opportunities.
Work with younger kids
Serve in K-12 classrooms or after school programs with these opportunities.
Work in Austin, TX
Explore a vibrant city while making an impact with any of these opportunities.
Explore Opportunities by Category
Find what is important to you. Browse service years based on an area of focus.
Service Year Stories
Learn what it’s like to complete a service year from actual corps members.
“I would definitely encourage my friends to do a service year. I think that it's a great opportunity to take what you've learned in school and apply to real world experience.”
“Service empowered me to realize that I--we--can make a real, large, and tangible difference. We have the ability to be change agents in the world.”
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“I do think it’s important for people to work across different backgrounds. I think our country would be a better place, because people would be open to new experiences and be able to see and hear other people’s perspectives.”
“This experience has changed my life in ways I could have never imagined and I am forever grateful to have done a service year.”
I served in an under-resourced middle school to help get students on track to graduation. The service year experience was challenging, but knowing that I was making an impact on the lives of others made it so empowering.
“I feel like every child deserve access to the arts because they are just as important as literacy and math. Through the arts, they can learn skills like self-discipline and civic engagement. It provides them an opportunity to take a risk, step out of their shells, and allows them to explore their voice in a different way.”
Service Year Alliance Initiatives
Find out how we're teaming up with advocates, communities, higher education, companies, and more to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.
Join The Movement
Passionate about service years? Join supporters across the country and take action to spread the word.
Service Year + Higher Ed
Find ways that higher education institutions can attract students, enliven education, and put grads on career pathways through service years.
Service Year + Companies
Companies are helping young adults to serve in a rich variety of ways. Find out how.