Service Year NC

Service Year NC

North Carolina faces enormous challenges—challenges that can be addressed by a more engaged citizenry with a heightened sense of collective responsibility. In partnership with Service Year Alliance, a national bipartisan organization, IEI is launching the Service Year NC Initiative to make a year of full-time service—a service year—a common opportunity and cultural expectation for young North Carolinians from all backgrounds.

We believe the force of service years at scale can prepare leaders, engage citizens, solve problems, and unite North Carolinians.

What is a Service Year?

A service year is a paid, full-time position for Americans looking to improve people’s lives and make a lasting impact in communities across the country. Examples of existing service year programs include AmeriCorps, Teach For America, Peace Corps, and many others.

Each year, 65,000 young people engage in service years. The goal of Service Year Alliance is for 100,000 young people to serve annually by 2019, growing to one million within a generation.

What’s North Carolina’s share of the task?

Our state is responsible for 2,800 of those 100,000 service jobs, proportional to the Electoral College. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, we’re already halfway there, with more than 1,400 AmeriCorps members serving in North Carolina today.

Current members share their experiences at the Service Year NC Convening, December 2016.

Become a Service Year NC Community

IEI is committed to supporting local communities in their efforts to build and/or scale service year positions. To double the number of service years in the state by 2019, Service Year NC will help up to five communities elevate and expand service locally. We are inviting a diverse cohort of communities who commit to taking concrete steps to develop and implement plans to grow the number of service year opportunities. Service Year NC will work with local leaders to help them build the infrastructure necessary to host and to support service years at unprecedented levels. If your community is interested in joining us, we ask that you apply here. For more details, please download our overview.

Applicant Eligibility

Due to the nature of the initiative, activities are likely to be carried out by a variety of organizations and organization types. Eligible applicants are: units of local government, nonprofit organizations, universities, or community foundations.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit:

  • One completed online application
  • One letter of support demonstrating the commitment from local government, existing service year programs, funders, employment partners, and/or other key stakeholders to support your efforts to increase the quality and quantity of service years locally. The letter of support should be emailed to Maggie Woods at

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through April. Applications received by March 30, 2017, will be given priority.

What’s next?

In early 2017, we will be coming to communities across the state to host info sessions about how to become a Service Year NC community.

Interested in getting involved or in hosting an info session in your community? Contact Emerging Leaders Fellow Maggie Woods at