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Service Year Alliance

AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award

Apply for the AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award!

AmeriCorps Alums @ Service Year Alliance, a powerful network of diverse alums that support and equip each other to get things done so that all people can thrive in strong communities, seeks to recognize two emerging leaders for the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award, which also grants them entry into the lifelong Segal Fellowship.

What are the qualifications to apply?

Potential candidates for the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award will meet the following criteria: 

  • Have demonstrated strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills while serving in AmeriCorps
  • Commitment to advancing equitable strategies in their communities
  • Have successfully completed an AmeriCorps service year position between August 2016 and August 2019. Members currently serving with an end date after August 30, 2019 are not eligible to apply, even if a previous service had been completed. (You can apply next year!) 
  • Seek meaningful participation as a lifelong Segal Fellow in the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal
    Citizen Leadership Program
  • Preference will be given to applicants residing in the Baltimore - Washington, DC region
  • We highly encourage alumni from diverse backgrounds with unique experiences to apply

Expectations and Benefits of Selected Awardees

Cash Award: Receive a $2,000 cash award to further your leadership and professional development (anticipated delivery in Q1 2020). 

Segal Fellowship Program: Be an active participant in activities of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, a national network which aims to inspire, support, and enable new generations of leaders and promote citizen leadership. During their first year, awardees are expected to participate in this program through:

  • Mandatory attendance in ongoing monthly Segal Program professional and leadership trainings and events from Oct 2019 to May 2020. Most can be joined virtually, while 1-2 will be in person in DC and/or Boston (Segal Program covers travel and lodging for Fellows).
  • Attendance at the biannual Segal Fellow Retreat, scheduled this year for Nov 1-3, 2019 at Babson University outside of Boston. (Segal Program covers retreat registration, travel, and lodging for Fellows).
  • Meaningful connection with their Segal near-peer “buddy” (year one), their Segal Coach
    (year two), and the larger Segal network of 117 Fellows and 600+ partners (lifelong).
  • Participation in Segal events  throughout their lifetime and career (networking events, service opportunities, monthly webinars, etc).

Service Year Network: Stay connected to AmeriCorps Alums and the Service Year Alliance network through your choice of opportunities:

  • Write a blog post about your service year experience.
  • Attend a Hill Day or congressional office visit. 
  • Write a letter to the editor about the importance of service year opportunities.
  • Act as a mentor to a prospective or currently serving service year corps member.
  • Or another idea or opportunity of your choice!

About the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Eli J. Segal has been described as the "father of AmeriCorps.” He served as the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and under his leadership AmeriCorps was created. To honor Eli, and build upon his legacy, AmeriCorps Alums gives the AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award to recognize the achievement and potential of an outstanding alum whose work, after completing his or her service in AmeriCorps, demonstrates entrepreneurial vision and leadership to make this a better world.

Being awarded the AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award automatically enrolls the awardee as a lifelong Segal Fellow in the Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program. The Segal Program provides emerging leaders an opportunity to join a community of other like-minded changemakers. These leaders collaborate across sectors and topic areas to break down silos and create solutions in the pursuit of a more just and equitable world.

There are over 115 inspiring, diverse, and multi-generational fellows who are already leaders in their communities, as well as a network of over 600 Founders and program partners. In addition to AmeriCorps Alums, Fellows gain entry into the program through partnerships with diverse leaders from Brandeis, City Year, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Service Year Alliance. For more information about the program, please visit segal.brandeis.edu.

How to Apply

Submit your application documents by  August 23rd, 2019 at 1pm EST  to americorpsalums@serviceyear.org. No late applications will be considered.


Documents to include: 

  • A 1-2 page PDF resume. 
  • Proof of AmeriCorps service completed between August 2016 - August 2019 (check on my.americorps.gov for proof of service letter, or submit other documentation).
  • 1 page PDF cover letter (see instructions below).

In the cover letter, address:
  • How AmeriCorps was a transformative experience for you.
  • What being a lifelong Segal Fellow in the Segal Citizen Leadership Program would mean to you, how you would actively engage over time, and how it would further your professional development.
  • Why you believe that pursuing racial equity in the nonprofit sector is critical to making communities safer, stronger, and healthier.

Provide contact information for two references, including at least one program staff or site supervisor from your AmeriCorps service year.
Note: This award is not employment and does not entitle the awardee to receive Service Year Alliance employee benefits, such as pension, healthcare, or other related benefits received by full-time employees of Service Year Alliance. 

Application Timeline for 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award

  • August 23rd, 1pm EST - Applications Due. No late applications will be considered. 
  • By Sept 3rd - Top candidates notified & interviews scheduled
  • Sept 4th-10th  - Interviews conducted
  • Sept 12th - Winners notified!
  • Sept 19th or 23rd (date and location TBD) - DC Segal Network Event 
  • October 2019  - June, 2020 - Segal Program Leadership Development Curriculum and Cohort Meetings, held monthly
  • November 1-3 - Segal Fellow Retreat outside of Boston (travel/lodging covered by Segal Program)
  • 2020 & beyond - Ongoing Segal Program engagement as a lifelong Segal Fellow, including matching with a Segal coach, monthly convenings, Fellow Retreats, and more

Apply Today!

Send your resume and cover letter to americorpsalums@serviceyear.org or contact us with any questions.