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Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community


1050 CONNECTICUT AVE NW UNIT 65525WASHINGTON, DC 20035 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Founded in 1986, Youth Service America supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With half the world’s population under age 25, our mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on meaningful community issues.


Youth Service America (YSA) believes that youth, communities, and democracy thrive when everyone has the opportunity to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact by working together with others for the common good.

Even though youth participation rates are at or near record-high levels, we’re still leaving 3 of every 4 young people out of actively working together for the common good. Participation rates are even lower among youth from underserved and historically-excluded low-income and BIPOC communities.

YSA catalyzes the field, leads high-profile campaigns including National Days of Service and ServiceVote, and builds capacity of our partners through grant, training, and recognition programs. Youth-led projects use Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy (ASAP) strategies to create social and environmental change.


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