How it works
Discover more about how a service year can work for you, whether you've just finished high school or college or you're looking to find your path
Get paid while doing a gap year
Thinking about doing a gap year? You can do a service year during your gap year and get paid to make a difference while learning to lead, solve problems, and connect with people of all backgrounds.
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Gain practical skills while earning money for college
Some service year positions come with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay college tuition or pay down student loans. Find listings that come with this AmeriCorps Education Award.
Jumpstart your path to nonprofit leadership
Nonprofit organizations run lean which means a service year with one of them provides opportunities to develop skills in problem solving, communication, leadership and more.
Make your impact in the outdoors
Interested in conservation or restoration? Want to spend a year outside, rather than in an office? These service year opportunities may be just what you're looking for.
Teach or Help Out in Schools
Do you want to do a service year helping in schools? There are many opportunities that focus on education and youth across the country.
Make a lasting impact in Austin, TX
Find a service year in Austin, and you'll have the opportunity to explore a vibrant city while making an impact on the local community. Check out the diverse opportunities throughout Austin.
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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.”
Taylor Dawn Hicks
“I am doing a service year because I wanted to positively impact someone in the community.”
“It is a great honor to serve and give back to the larger DC community. I am a firm believer that no one individual can make it through life without being inherently tied to others.”
“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.
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.