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 2020, growing to one million within a generation.


What’s our Mission and Vision?


Bring North Carolinians from different backgrounds together while engaging residents to work on North Carolina community challenges.


Promote and make accessible a year of service for all North Carolinians (18-28-year-olds) to invest their time and talent and build their skill sets while serving their communities.


What’s next?

We are currently finalizing a strategic plan for Service Year NC, which will be available in Spring 2019.

We want to hear from you! Have questions or want to get involved? Contact Darryl Lester at


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