YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA (YSA) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.
Founded in 1986, YSA's mission is to strengthen the effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of the youth service and service-learning fields. A strong youth service movement will create healthy communities and foster citizenship, knowledge, and the personal development of young people. YSA envisions a powerful network of organizations committed to making service and service-learning the common expectation and common experience of all young people.
The national scope of campus community service programming and its impact upon students and communities has not been thoroughly documented, but this "stream" of youthservice has become a pillar of the youthservice movement and some of the young people involved are exploring careers in the broader youthservice network.
YSA began convening the fields leaders through a series of workshops and conferences to generate broader program and policy development goals for the field as a whole.
Universal service is usually thought of in terms of federal conscription, although it would be possible for states to impose a service requirement, as the states collectively require formal education.
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