A service year is a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service.

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Service Year Stories

Learn what it’s like to complete a service year from actual corps members.

Brie Gamer
Corey Benjamin
Siddika Degia
Stephen Wheadon
Crystal Simon

Brie Gamer

Community HealthCorps

“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.”

Corey Benjamin

Public Allies

“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.”

Siddika Degia

Catholic Charities USA

“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.”

Stephen Wheadon

City Year

“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.

Crystal Simon

ArtistYear

“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.”

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