In January 2016, Service Year Alliance formed as a joint venture of Be The Change, Inc. and The Aspen Institute. Service Year Alliance is the result of a merger of ServiceNation (Be The Change’s first campaign) the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute, and the Service Year Exchange technology platform, incubated by the National Conference on Citizenship.
Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. A service year before, during, or after college — or as a way to get back on track — gives young people the chance to transform their lives, make an impact in their community, and become the active citizens and leaders our nation needs. Expanding service years has the power to revitalize cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty. It can unite the most diverse nation in history, binding people of different backgrounds through common cause. Service Year Alliance is asking nonprofits, higher education institutions, cities and states, companies and foundations, policymakers of both parties, and people of all ages to join the movement.
Service Year Alliance is chaired by General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), and Alan Khazei and John Bridgeland serve as vice chairs.Learn more at serviceyear.org.