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Whether they're preparing our state for climate change, tutoring our students, or caring for the sick, young people should have the option to perform important service today and build a foundation for our shared future. This is the first effort of its kind in the nation, and Maryland will lead the way. 

– Governor Wes Moore announcing the Service Year Option

The Department of Service and Civic Innovation was established by the Serving Every Region Through Vocational Exploration (SERVE) Act of 2023 with the purpose of promoting service and volunteerism in the state of Maryland. The SERVE Act also launched two new exciting service pathways for eligible youth and adults, in addition to existing volunteer and service opportunities available through​ the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism and Volunteer Maryland.

Service Year Option (For Young Adults ages ​18, 19, 20, or 21)

The Service Year Option is an opportunity for those who recently completed high school, received their high school completion certificate or earned their GED in Maryland. Members will serve across the state of Maryland in organizations that will provide job training, mentorship and other resources to be successful all while earning $15 an hour plus focused professional development time each week. 

Maryland Corps (For Adults of All Ages)

Maryland Corps is an opportunity for people of all ages interested in performing public and community service in Maryland. Like the Service Year Option, members will work in organizations that will provide job training and professional development, and earn a minimum of $15 dollars an hour.



Find the program best for you:​

​Time Commitment​
​Age/Graduation Requirement
​​​Residency Requirement
​​Service Year OptionFull-time; 9 months​Within 3 years of completing high school, receiving a high school completion certificate or earning a GED in Maryland (Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 are eligible)
Maryland​ Resident
​Maryland CorpsFull-time; 9 months​None

*For AmeriCorps programs in Maryland, check out the​ G​overnor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism ​and Volunteer Maryland.


Become a Host Partner

Host Partners are nonprofits, government agencies or businesses that apply to host Service Year Option or Maryland Corps members and have a focus on community building, volunteerism, and other efforts to make our state the best place to live, work, or start a business. Host Partners have a shared commitment in developing and supporting the talent needed for Maryland’s future. As a Host Partner, you agree to provide high quality and consistent supervision and skills that can enable the member to successfully transition to employment, an apprenticeship or college after successful completion of the program.​