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Benefits of Full-time Service

Full-time service after YouthBuild is a great next step for many of the young people we serve as it provides a unique pathway to postsecondary education and careers. Young people who do a year of service gain real world professional experience in a number of different fields, are connected to a lifelong community of their peers, and have access to an education benefit that can subsidize the cost of pursing higher education. Most importantly service provides a supportive environment where our young people grow and expand the skills they have gained through YouthBuild.

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Kirsys Soto

Graduate of YouthBuild Brockton, Brockton MA
Served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at YouthBuild USA

"VISTA is one of the best things that could have happened to me. I learned skills through my service that I could not have gotten through another job. With the knowledge and experience I gained I am better prepared to reach my career goals."

Elijah Stephenson

Graduate YouthBuild Providence, Providence RI
Served as an AmeriCorps State & National and an AmeriCorps VISTA at YouthBuild Providence

"The highlight of national service was figuring out what my passion really is and I am motivated and inspired to go back to school because of the experiences I’ve had while serving at YouthBuild Providence."

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Elijah Stephenson

Graduate YouthBuild Providence, Providence RI
Served as an AmeriCorps State & National and an AmeriCorps VISTA at YouthBuild Providence

"The highlight of national service was figuring out what my passion really is and I am motivated and inspired to go back to school because of the experiences I’ve had while serving at YouthBuild Providence."

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Sharell Harmon

Graduate of YouthBuild North Central, Elkins WV
Served as an AmeriCorps State & National at YouthBuild North Central

"AmeriCorps helped me reach higher and to believe in myself. Because of my service I am able to give back to my community in ways I never imagined. I am stronger because of my service."

The Impact of AmeriCorps

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Creating Pathways to Service

  • Partnerships

    Building National Service Partnerships

    Partnerships with national service programs in your area are key to the success of this placement. Building these partnerships creates a pipeline to service opportunities for your students and provides a chance for them to connect with staff at different AmeriCorps programs. When building these partnerships make sure to set goals, to share stories of success, and to invite folks to your program whenever possible.

  • Service

    Preparing Students for Service

    National service is a wonderful opportunity, but isn’t right for everyone. It is important to fully explain service to your students – what it is and what it isn’t. AmeriCorps isn’t a high paying career, but it is a chance to serve a community, to gain professional development, meet new people, and be connected to new career and education opportunities. Highlight these benefits and help students reflect on their long term goals and how service could be the right path for them.

  • Culture

    Creating a National Service Culture

    It is important to build a culture around national service at your program. Start messaging this opportunity at Mental Toughness and don’t stop until the program cycle ends. Highlight the many different types of service and provide a space for students to reflect on the service they are engaged in at your program. Most importantly, create organizational understanding and support for national service. If your organization as a whole sees value in national service placement you can connect more students to these opportunities.