How it Works
A service year is a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service. 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.
Tell us a little bit about your interests.
We match you with paid service year opportunities.
Tell organizations you are interested and connect with them to apply.
It is all worth the wait though! Once you’ve applied and been accepted to an opportunity, your organization will "Enroll" you, you’ll join the Service Year community, and you’ll be on your way to starting your life-changing service year experience.
Service Year Timeline
Document your experience and inspire a whole new generation of corps members by posting about your service year on your public profile.
March 2015Joined Service Year
I knew I wanted to do something big after college – something that would allow me to apply my skills and interests to a good cause, but wouldn’t restrain me to a cubicle. My passion for helping others brought me to Service Year, and I’m excited to discover what opportunities await.
June 2015Created Corps Members Profile
Name: Jason Hughes
Education Level: College Graduate
Preferred Service Location: Philadelphia, PA
Focus Area of Interest: Education & Youth
Aug 2015Matched with an Organization
After exploring many great options for organizations, I knew that Soaring Eagle Elementary was a good match based on my passion for special education. I was able to narrow down my search results based on my skills and interests, and that made all the difference!
Program Name: Soaring Eagle Elementary
Mentoring Position Name: Youth Mentor
Start Date September 2015
Sept 2015Started Service Year
Traveling to a new city for my service year position meant exchanging the comforts of home for an exciting new experience. Keeping an open mind and hard work ethic during my first few weeks allowed me to truly embrace everything new that came my way, and I’m so glad I did!
Jan 2016Served and Gained New Skills
I have learned so much from serving as a mentor! Each day is challenging and different, but it is extremely rewarding. Not a day goes by where I don’t feel like I’ve made a difference and helped at least one of my students overcome a challenge. I’m proud to be doing meaningful service! This experience has helped me build practical skills that go well beyond what I learned in the classroom, such as collaboration, patience, and flexibility.
Aug 2016Completed My Service Year
Now that my year of service is complete, I’m ready to put my new skills towards my career! I’m very confident my Service Year experience will continue to serve me well!
Sept 2016Leading as a Service Year Alum
My Service Year left me feeling empowered to inspire others in my community! I remain engaged by volunteering on the weekends and lead by mentoring incoming Soaring Eagle Elementary corps members!
Service Year Community
There are thousands of young people across America who share your calling to make a difference. Through a service year, you'll meet and interact with these like-minded people and learn from each other's unique experiences.
Ready to serve?
No matter when you decide to do your service year, the experience will transform your life and the community you serve. Join now or use the chat icon to get your questions answered by service year alums.