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High Impact Volunteer and National Service Programs

Learn more about the transformational organizations featured in The American Way to Change
Twenty-five Organized for Impact and Scale
Twenty-five Models with Promise
Twenty-nine High-Impact Field Builders
Sixteen High-Impact Public Programs

Twenty-five Organized for Impact and Scale

Admission Possible
Admission Possible identifies low-income high school students with the potential and motivation for college and provides them with four services: (1) ACT and SAT test preparation, (2) intensive guidance in preparing college applications, (3) help obtaining financial aid, and (4) guidance in transition to college.


Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youths.


Boys and Girls Clubs of America
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.


Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children in fun, engaging ways that connect them to real-world skills and more caring adults from around the community.


City Year
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world.


College Summit
College Summit partners with schools and districts to strengthen college-going culture and increase college enrollment rates, so that all students graduate career- and college-ready.


Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.


EducationWorks enriches the lives of children, youth, and families by providing educational programs and services in communities confronting high rates of poverty and other barriers to educational achievement.


Equal Justice Works
Equal Justice Works provides leadership to ensure a sustainable pipeline of talented and trained lawyers involved in public service.


Experience Corps
Experience Corps partners with schools and local community organizations to create meaningful opportunities for adults over fifty-five to boost student performance.


Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity volunteers build or rehabilitate houses in partnership with homeowner families.


HandsOn Network
HandsOn Network inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world.


HIPPY programs empower parents as primary educators of their children in the home and foster parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences.


To cultivate a child’s social, emotional and intellectual readiness, Jumpstart brings college students and community volunteers together with preschool children for year long, individualized tutoring and mentoring.


KaBOOM! creates playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities with the goal of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.


LIFT enables college students to work side-by-side with low-income community members, first helping them address immediate needs, then providing comprehensive, long-term support designed to help families break the cycle of poverty.


LISC AmeriCorps
LISC AmeriCorps members serve with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) affiliates to help community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity—good places to work, do business, and raise children.


National Association of Community Health Centers (Community HealthCorps)
The Community HealthCorps promotes health care for America’s underserved while developing tomorrow’s health care workforce by placing AmeriCorps members at Community Health Centers.


Playworks (formerly Sports4Kids)
Playworks supports learning by providing safe, healthy, and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day.


Project HEALTH
Project HEALTH mobilizes college student volunteers to connect low-income patients with the resources they need to be healthy and, in so doing, create the next generan of leaders committed to tackling this country’s greatest health challenges.


Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading.


Red Cross
The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.


Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength works hard toward the goal of making sure no kid in America grows up hungry by weaving together a net of community groups, activists, and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn, and play.


Teach For America
Teach For America recruits outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.


YouthBuild unleashes the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youths to rebuild their communities and their lives.

Twenty-five Models with Promise

Adopt an Alleyway Youth Project
Chinatown CDC created the Adopt-An-Alleyway Youth Project as part of the neighborhood service and empowerment program in response to the lack of youth services targeted at the Chinatown community. The program promotes youth leadership and community involvement through youth-initiated and led neighborhood service activities.


American Youthworks
American Youthworks is a comprehensive human investment organization that transforms young people into self-sufficient adults through education, job training, and community service.


Asian American LEAD (AALEAD)
AALEAD’s overarching goal is to increase the opportunities and ability of low-income Asian American children to move out of poverty and become successful, self-sufficient adults.


DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides high-quality, free legal services to low-income District of Columbia residents in family law cases.


Earth Conservation Corps
The Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit organization that engages the strong minds and muscles of Anacostia’s youth in the restoration of the Anacostia River. As corps members improve their own lives, they rebuild the environmental, social, and economic health of their communities.


Educate Tomorrow
Educate Tomorrow provides one-on-one educational mentors to foster care children who are turning eighteen and “aging out” of the system.


Florida Breast Health Initiative
The Florida Breast Health Initiative is an outreach organization dedicated to educating women about the importance of breast health and providing them with the resources to beat the disease.


Give an Hour
Give an Hour provides free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and families affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Grid Alternatives
GRID Alternatives empowers communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment, and training.


Growing Native
Growing Native is a year-round volunteer project that collects hardwood seeds and plants trees to help restore and protect rivers and streams in the Potomac River watershed.


Harlem Children’s Zone
Harlem Children’s Zone offers education, social-service, and community-building programs to children and families in a one hundred-block area of Harlem.


IMPACT Silver Spring
IMPACT Silver Spring brings diverse people together to create a successful community for everyone by engaging new voices, developing leaders through training and support, building awareness in current leaders, and sparking collaboration and action to bring about positive change.


The ManaTEEN Club engages youths in Manatee County, Florida, to address local needs through youth-designed projects.


The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues awards fellowships to empower wounded and disabled veterans to serve in their communities.


Music National Service
Music National Service supports and expands the use of music to meet important civic and social goals. Its “musical Peace Corps,” MusicianCorps, engages full-time fellows in a variety of settings.


National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP)
NIYLP nurtures the potential of Native youths to be contributors to a more positive world through adventure-based learning and service to family, community, and nature.


New York City Coalition Against Hunger
The Coalition promotes food access for all New Yorkers by coordinating the activities of the emergency food providers in the city so that issues can be identified, prioritized, and addressed effectively.


Partners In Care
Partners In Care Maryland empowers older adults to remain independent in their own homes, using a time-exchange network that builds community by engaging people to help each other with the myriad tasks involved in everyday living.


Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)
PEP redirects prison inmates into legitimate enterprises, leveraging their proven entrepreneurial skill-sets by linking them with top business and academic talent through an MBA-level curriculum and mentor relationships.


Project SHINE
Project SHINE is a national service learning program that supports a broad and diverse group of college students in building relationships with elderly immigrants and refugees through language, literacy and citizenship tutoring.


RelightUS informs and inspires people to protect the environment through the simple act of changing a light bulb.


Rhode Island Free Clinic
The Rhode Island Free Clinic provides free medical care to uninsured Rhode Islanders.


San Francisco Education Fund
San Francisco Education Fund engages school volunteers to improve student success in San Francisco public schools.


Children’s Defense Fund Texas
Children's Defense Fund Texas raises awareness about the condition of Texas children, connects children and families to programs and services that help meet their needs, and works with community partners statewide to formulate policy solutions and broad-based support for legislative action on behalf of children.


Western New York AmeriCorps
Western New York AmeriCorps creates opportunities for all individuals to serve, challenging citizens to turn their ideals into action and their passion into positive change.

Twenty-nine High-Impact Field Builders

Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees supports grassroots, citizen-based nonprofit organizations dedicated to urban and community tree planting, care, conservation, and education.


America’s Promise Alliance
With more than 300 national partners, America's Promise Alliance is devoted to improving the lives of young people by ensuring young people receive the Five Promises they need to graduate high school prepared for success.


American Association of State Service Commissions (ASC)
ASC is a peer network of governor appointed State Service Commissioners and staff of Service Commissions.


AmeriCorps Alums
AmeriCorps Alums connects, supports, and mobilizes AmeriCorps alumni to strengthen communities and the nation.


Campus Compact
Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.


Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.


Children for Children
Children for Children mobilizes the energy, ingenuity, and compassion of young people, beginning at an early age, to discover their power and potential to solve real-world problems through volunteer opportunities and service-learning programs that instill a lifelong commitment to service.


Civic Enterprises
Civic Enterprises is a public policy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities and country.


Civic Ventures
Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances, and the power of people's own life stories, Civic Ventures demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems – from education to the environment and health care to homelessness.


The Corps Network
Corps are versatile, cost-effective programs that allow young people to accomplish important conservation, community restoration, and human service projects, while also developing employment and citizenship skills.


Create The Good
Create The Good is a website where good people get connected to opportunities to create good, in whatever way works for them.


Earth Force
Earth Force trains and supports educators who engage young people in hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire and understand environmental knowledge, and develop the skills and motivation to become life-long leaders in addressing environmental issues.


Generations United
Generations United improves the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit for all.


Green For All
Green For All collaborates with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda.


Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)
ICP supports the development of innovative high-quality youth civic engagement policies and programs both in the US and around the world.


National Service-Learning Partnership
The Partnership strengthens the impact of service-learning on young people’s learning and development, especially their academic and civic preparation.


National Youth Leadership Council
The National Youth Leadership Council creates a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning.


Public Allies
Public Allies advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation.


The National Council on Aging’s RespectAbility initiative seeks to help nonprofit organizations make more effective use of older Americans in their community-based efforts.


Rural School and Community Trust
The Rural School and Community Trust helps rural schools and communities get better together by involving young people in learning linked to their communities and a variety of other ways.


ServiceNation is a campaign to inspire a new era of voluntary citizen service in America.


ServeNext expands voluntary service opportunities as a strategy to address our most pressing social challenges and strengthen our democracy.


Taproot Foundation
The Taproot Foundation strengthens nonprofits by engaging business professionals in service.


Time Banks USA
Time Banks enable neighbors to earn an hour of help for each hour of volunteer service they provide.


Tipping Point Community
Tipping Point Community screens nonprofits rigorously to find the most effective groups connecting Bay Area individuals and families to the services and opportunities needed to break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency.


Voices for National Service
Voices seeks to ensure the growth and development of national service programs and works to educate the American public and our nation’s leaders about the power and impact of national service.


William J. Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation strengthens the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.


Youth Service America
Youth Service America improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people ages five through twenty-five serving in important roles.


Youth Volunteer Corps of America
Youth Volunteer Corps of America creates and increases volunteer opportunities to enrich America’s youths, address community needs, and develop a lifetime commitment to service.

Sixteen High-Impact Public Programs

AmeriCorps members perform full-time or substantial part-time service to meet educational, public safety, environmental, and other human needs and may earn Segal education awards.


AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age eighteen through twenty-four that strengthens communities and develops leaders.


CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office charged with managing programs and initiatives to increase the number and impact of Californians involved with service and volunteering.


Citizen Corps
Citizen Corps harnesses the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.


Foster Grandparents
Foster Grandparents are individuals age fifty-five and over who thrive on direct interaction with children and believe they can make a difference in their lives.


Learn and Serve America
Learn and Serve America provides direct and indirect support to K–12 schools, community groups, and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects.


The National Park Service
Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, the Park Service safeguards nearly 400 places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.


NYC Service
NYC Service oversees more than forty innovative initiatives that aim to make New York City the easiest place in the world to volunteer, target volunteers to address the city’s greatest needs, and promote service as a core part of what it means to be a citizen.


Peace Corps
Peace Corps volunteers travel overseas to make real differences in the lives of people.


Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust preserves and enhances the Presidio as an enduring resource for the American public. The Trust’s work encompasses the natural areas, wildlife, and native habitats of the park, as well as the historic structures and designed landscapes that make the park a National Historic Landmark District.


RSVP offers adults who are age fifty-five and older a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations.


Senior Companions
By becoming a companion to a frail person, Senior Companions, who are age fifty-five and over, help people stay in their own homes.


Serve Washington
Serve Washington expands the ethic of service throughout Washington State by inviting citizens of all ages and backgrounds to contribute their time and talents to strengthen and promote service and volunteerism as strategies for building healthy communities.


VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)
VISTA members commit to serve full time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.


Volunteer Florida
Volunteer Florida, the governor’s commission on service, strengthens Florida’s communities through volunteerism and service.


The Federal Department of Labor provides funding to support Youthbuild programs, highly successful alternative education programs that assist youths who are often significantly behind in basic skills with obtaining a high school diploma or GED credential.


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