The Service Year Alliance is a new coalition organized around the vision that a year of national service should be a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for all young Americans.
By creating this Alliance, the four founding organizations — the Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship, ServiceNation, and Voices for National Service — have committed to a model of collective impact.
We know that a generation of Americans spending a year in full-time service is a transformative idea that will unleash a reservoir of human capital to tackle pressing social challenges, unite diverse Americans in common purpose, and cultivate the next generation of leaders. To achieve this, the Alliance is organized around three goals:
Our joint vision is a country in which national service is a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and rite of passage for all young Americans. Here’s how we work together:
The Franklin Project:
Attract New Stakeholders
Institutionalize the Big Idea
Organize the Leadership Council
Voices for National Service:
Advocate for Service
Execute the Cultural Campaign
National Conference on Citizenship:
Development of Service Year exchange
Effective partnerships require a shared vision, common purpose, and the capacity to execute. The Service Year Alliance builds on the capacity of existing organizations and represents a novel development in the national service space: it has scale, and will hold itself solely accountable to the big idea of creating a new civic rite of passage.
The Service Year Exchange: Technology as a Solution
The Alliance is collaborating on the creation of a dynamic marketplace online to make national service a common expectation and opportunity. The Service Year exchange will bring all stakeholders together online to a single digital platform: young people seeking service positions; organizations seeking corps members; and funders who want to support these efforts. This will be a space where people and programs—both new and existing—can search, interact, communicate and partner. The platform is under development and will publicly launch in the fall of 2015.
For more information on the Service Year exchange, please visit: serviceyr.org.