In the past, a person who wanted to serve their country could join ‘the Service’ — or the armed forces. Today in addition to military service, people have a wide array of citizen service corps to choose from — opportunities like AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Teach For America — enabling them to serve their country and their community through a term of full-time service (usually lasting three to 27 months).
We aim to connect you to “the new Service,” and educate you about transitioning to a social-impact career when your term ends.
The New Service blog aims to catalyze citizen service by:
- introducing you to service programs,
- offering advice to propel you forward in your social-impact career and graduate education,
- keeping you up to date on service world news and trends, and
- letting you know about blogs, books, and other resources relevant for citizen service proponents.
The blog is dedicated to current or former service program participants, including AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Peace Corps, City Year, fellowships, faith-based programs, and many, many others. (See more Corps and Coalitions in the right-hand side bar of the blog.) We aim to offer resources useful to career counselors, service corps program staff, and future Corps members as well.
My grandfather Col. Herman F. Allen, a WWII flyer and internee, inspired my career when he thanked me for my service in Peace Corps (China, 1998-2000).