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A Shared Vision

Service Year Alliance believes that a service year should be a common expectation and opportunity for every young American, and works everyday to realize that vision. The force of service years at scale can repair broken cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty. It could unite the most diverse nation in history, binding people of different backgrounds through common cause. It can inspire young Americans to serve for a year, and in the process, forge them into the leaders for life our nation needs.


Our North Star

On the path to our vision, our aim is that, within a generation, every year, one million young Americans engage in a service year, solving important problems while transforming their own lives.


Why Now: Broken Citizenship and Pressing Challenges

Today, the need for a common experience of citizenship in our country is more poignant than ever. We are drifting apart. Contrary to the illusion of constant connectivity, Americans are isolated from one another—geographically, ethnically, economically, religiously, and culturally. Traditional forms of civic participation have atrophied. Many Americans’ sole contribution to the country is through paying taxes—not nearly enough to bind people to their communities. Only one in three eligible voters turned out in the last election. Less than one percent of Americans serve in the military. There’s a chance—right now—to inspire a renewed sense of citizenship capable of solving our biggest challenges and creating the leaders our nation needs.


Neither the idea of national service nor our vision are new, but this moment in time tells us they are both deeply needed and never before more achievable.       


Position Description

The growth and organizational learning team is responsible for increasing the number of service year opportunities in America from around 65,000 annually today to 100,000 annually by 2019 by working with non-profits, governments, and universities, to create or grow service year programs. The team works to achieve this goal through a number of strategies including:

  • Developing programs and helping them move rapidly from startup to stability and ultimately replication or scale.
  • Demonstrating what it looks like for a handful of communities to embrace and benefit from service years in order to inspire additional communities around the country to follow their lead.
  • Building and executing learning and knowledge sharing systems that helping organizations deliver quality programs more consistently and enhance growth.

The Innovation and Growth Intern will support the growth team in these strategies with a special emphasis in our place-based work.



  • Support Director, Place-Based growth in working with Service Year Impact Communities to  develop and implement their growth plans.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of the Service Year Impact Community convening.
  • Assist with the publication of a Service Year Impact Community playbook.
  • Conduct research and outreach to current and/or potential Service Year Impact Communities.
  • Work across the team to support growth and organizational learning goals. These include but are limited to supporting issue/population cohorts, scaling impact council, growth and innovation lab, and/or programs development resources.



  • Deep belief in service years to tackle our most pressing challenges, transform the lives of those who serve, and change the course of our country
  • Humble leader with tremendous professional resolve
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Bias for taking initiative to create and own new opportunities
  • Strong learning mindset
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Excellent communication skills; verbal, written and interpersonal


About Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance is a bipartisan organization committed to making a year of full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for young Americans of all backgrounds. Expanding service years has the power to address our country’s most pressing challenges, change the lives of those who serve, and unite our nation. Service Year Alliance is the result of a merger between the Franklin Project, ServiceNation, and the Service Year Exchange. The merger is an exciting indication of how passionate every person who works here is about our vision of transforming the nation through service: we put aside ego’s, dissolved powerful brands, and altered our leadership structure not because it was easy, but because that’s what our mission demands. SYA is a joint venture between Be The Change, Inc. and The Aspen Institute. Gen. (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal serves as the founding Chairman of our board.  


We are an equal opportunity employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other service year alumni are encouraged to apply, as are military veterans. Please indicate in your application if you have served in one of these programs. SYA is based in Washington, DC.


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