Youth can serve their communities in various ways, enriching them through structured or informal service opportunities. These opportunities may come from religious organizations, schools, AmeriCorps, or other non-profits. We believe in the power of our youth, the ability of diverse voices to uphold and strengthen their communities, and the power of youth service.
Our democracy is more robust when young people are involved in civic life. Our communities are kinder and safer when young people learn to serve others selflessly. When marginalized youth participate in civic life, they give voice to underrepresented populations, strengthen lives, and help eliminate injustice.
Types of Youth Service can include but are not limited to:
The act of an individual or group freely giving time or labor for community service.
Service LearningCombines learning objectives with community service to provide a practical, progressive-learning experience, all while meeting community needs.
Including compulsory Government Service, as in Military Service or, for our purposes, Voluntary Government Service.
An independent agency of the United States government that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State, National AmeriCorps Seniors, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and other national service initiatives.