Making a year of national service a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American

The Franklin Project, ServiceNation, & Service Year Exchange Merger

We are thrilled to share with you that the Franklin Project, ServiceNation and the Service Year Exchange (incubated by the National Conference on Citizenship) have merged into a new, single organization.

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Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service

Leadership Council Chair, Gen. Stanley McChrystal pens a piece for DefenseOne outlining four reasons the defense community ought to support universal access to national service.

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A Call To Service Can Help Unite A Divided Nation

Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachussetts lays out how national service is a solution to a divided nation.

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How America Can Get Its Mojo Back

Ron Fournier of the National Journal observes how we, the people, no long share a com­mon set of facts, much less a com­mon cause, and thus Amer­ic­ans no longer be­lieve their coun­try is cap­able of shared great­ness. We can’t fix big prob­lems.

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Our Mission

The Franklin Project envisions a future in which a year of full-time national service is a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American.
We are leading the effort to improve citizenship by giving every young person in America the opportunity to serve. Sometime between the ages of 18 and 28, the young person would do a fully paid, full-time year of service in one of an array of areas, including health, poverty, conservation, or education.

These young people will not only do good work and solve problems, but they will also become better young Americans.

How we are making it happen

  • Performance Measures

  • 30,000 new service year positions by 2017

  • 20 cities expanding service year positions by 2016

  • 10 states expanding service year positions by 2016

  • 100 employers of national service by 2016

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Ferney's Story

My inspiration to serve in the Peace Corps came about from growing up in the diverse city of New York.

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Dia's Story

In a sense, I joined the Air Force because it was cool and because it provided a unique opportunity. But the experience transformed me in ways I never predicted.

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Susan's Story

Through Teach for America, I have been fortunate to play an important role in the lives of our students, and help them see the doors that education can open. But no matter the vehicle, I know that we all can and should commit to serve.

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Candace's Story

I knew that I had to finish school, so I enrolled in Civicorps, a certified conservation corps that provides a pathway for people like me to further our education while learning important vocational skills and addressing environmental needs.

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A new coalition organized around our vision.

Service Year Alliance

Dedicated to strengthening civic life in America and developing the Service Year exchange — an online marketplace that allows individuals and organizations to search, apply, fund, and partner around national service positions.

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ServiceNation is building a movement to make a service year part of American life. They envision the day when “where will your service year be?” becomes a commonly asked question in our society.

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Working to expand service opportunities through AmeriCorps and reframe national service to build demand and public will. All designed to enhance public understanding and cultivate support.

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The Franklin Project

Led by General Stanley McChrystal, the Franklin Project brings the support of many American leaders to the national service movement. Our leadership council includes people who have served in the highest levels of government, including Secretaries Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates and Dan Glickman, as well as former elected officials such as Harris Wofford, Mel Martinez, and Sam Nunn. Our leadership is entirely bipartisan, and also brings expertise from the private sector and the world of social innovation.


The support of American luminaries such as Tom Brokaw, Barbara Bush, David Gergen, Wendy Kopp, and Walter Isaacson means the Franklin Project has made significant strides in employment of national service alumni, integrating national service into the higher education world, and making a service year part of the national conversation.

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