Is a Service Year Right for Me?

A service year is a unique paid opportunity that offers real-world skill development through hands-on service. It’s a transformative experience that not only benefits you but also leaves a lasting impact on your community. Service years are available through various programs encompassing a wide range of issue areas, including education, environmental conservation, disaster relief, healthcare, and more.

Prominent service year programs like AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach for America, Habitat for Humanity, YouthBuild, and City Year are well-known, but there are numerous other programs seeking diverse talent to contribute to their missions. During a service year, you’ll collaborate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and perspectives, forging relationships that can endure a lifetime.

Regardless of your educational or career stage, a service year presents an incredible opportunity to shape your future while making a lasting difference in your community. Whether you embark on a service year immediately after high school, during or after college, or as a means to discover your path, the journey to finding and engaging in your ideal service year is flexible, and the timing is up to you.

Ready to begin your service year adventure? Check out this article to learn more and to find the right service year opportunity for you!

P.S. Lots of Loggers have pursued service years. Check LinkedIn and Logger Link to connect with Puget Sound alums about their experiences.

By Maya Herran
Maya Herran Career Advisor; Instructor: Career Awareness (EXLN 101)