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.
Create a measurable pathway to one million service year positions as a rite of passage by 2023.
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
A new coalition organized around our vision.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.