What is a service year?

Learn about service years and why you should consider doing one

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Written by Jonas Kane
Updated over a week ago

A service year is a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service. It’s an extraordinary year that transforms your life and your community. A service year is not your typical path; it’s an experience for A Better You. A Greater Us. 

Service years are available through a variety of service year programs in a wide array of issue areas, including: education, the environment, disaster relief, healthcare, and many more. 

You’ve probably heard about some of the most popular service year programs — AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach for America, Habitat for Humanity, YouthBuild, and City Year to name a few. There are hundreds of additional programs as well that host service year opportunities and are looking for diverse talent to help their organizations achieve their missions. 

When you serve a year, you have the opportunity to work alongside people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and perspectives and develop relationships that will last a lifetime. No matter where you are in your education or career, a service year is an incredible opportunity that allows you to shape your future and your community for years to come.

See what a service year timeline looks like

Whether you choose to do a service year right after high school, during or after college, or as a way to find your path, the way to finding and doing your ideal service year looks like this with the timing up to you!

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Find the right service year opportunity for you by joining us at ServiceYear.org. We’ll help you find opportunities that best fit your preferences.

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