Welcome to the Youth Service Opportunities Project.  Introducing young people to volunteer service since 1983.


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YSOP engages young people in volunteer service to hungry and homeless people. Started by Quakers in 1983, YSOP has been a pioneer in service-learning. Last year  4,021 youth participated in YSOP programs, serving over 463,600 people in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Our programs combine hands-on volunteer service with education on current issues and reflection on the service experience. Participants come as individuals or with public, independent and parochial schools or with community and religious youth groups.

The YSOP AmeriCorps Fellows Program continues our mission of engaging young people in direct service, while encouraging their development as the future leaders of non-profit organizations. YSOP Fellows are involved with every aspect of our organization and must be able to multi-task, as Fellows will execute a variety of responsibilities each day. Fellows lead middle school, high school and college students on our day-long, overnight and week-long service-learning programs. Fellows identify and schedule service placements at service agencies and also encourage reflection on the volunteer experience. Fellows help organize and prepare for all aspects of our programs, including contacting guest speakers, reviewing program evaluations and contacting upcoming program participants. Fellows maintain YSOP’s online presence to support participant recruitment with electronic newsletters, networking websites, various social media outlets, and the YSOP website. 

The YSOP Fellowship offers AmeriCorps positions.  The YSOP Fellows Program requires a one-year commitment. The Fellowship will start in fall 2013; the start date is negotiable. YSOP offers $15,000 as a Living Allowance, a negotiated amount for commutation, and optional participation in YSOP's medical insurance plan. Fellows also receive 10 days of vacation and 10 days of medical or personal leave. Upon completion of 1,700 hours of service, as well as satisfying YSOP and AmeriCorps program requirements, YSOP Fellows may be eligible to receive a $5,350 AmeriCorps Education award from the Corporation of National and Community Service pending funding and approval. Enrollment may also permit a Fellow to defer payment of outstanding student loans for the duration of their YSOP AmeriCorps service. Being a YSOP Fellow is a full-time commitment and requires occasional work outside the "normal" workweek for early morning, evening and weekend programs. YSOP Fellows typically participate in one overnight program each month. YSOP Fellows are permitted to work or attend classes outside of working hours as long as it does not interfere with their responsibilities at YSOP. Appointment to the Fellows Program is conditional upon the completion of a background investigation satisfactory to YSOP and AmeriCorps.

YSOP Fellows must have a Bachelor’s degree. YSOP seeks a staff with varied racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. We do not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, national origin, citizenship status or age.

**YSOP's Fellowship positions in NY and DC have been filled for 2013-2014.  The application deadline for 2014-2015 is April 15, 2014.**

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Matt Brooks, 2010-2011 NY Fellow, with Lisa Gesson, YSOP's National Program Director, after winning the 2012 Cyclone Coasterthon, a fundraiser for YSOP

Three generations of YSOP DC Fellows! Pictured from left to right: Sarah DeGrandpre (2008-2010), Rich Henderson (2012-2013), Shawn Sendar (2010-2012)