Airbnb, LinkedIn and Starbucks challenge youth in new national service program

As part of our ongoing partnership with Service Year Alliance, Airbnb will be joining LinkedIn and Starbucks for Service Year Alliance’s newest initiative, “Service Year 100.” This pioneering program will connect 100 young Americans, who have committed to serving their communities for one year, with additional resources to help cultivate leadership skills and professional development.

This year, Airbnb will be expanding our partnership by challenging “Service Year 100” members to connect with their communities by providing free relocation vouchers to use on both Airbnb accommodations and Social Impact Experiences as they move to their new service cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, and Chicago. Airbnb Social Impact Experiences will connect members to new neighborhoods through the eyes of local nonprofits, and 100% of the funds raised through the program go directly to the local organizations. Members also will have access to career panels, speakers series, and local events at Airbnb’s San Francisco office.

“In a time when the world is divided, we want to challenge today’s young people to be the positive bridge-builders our country needs now more than ever,” said Shirley Sagawa, CEO, Service Year Alliance. “By partnering with some of the world’s biggest brands, we are able to provide excellent resources to not only help program participants succeed during their service year, but help shape them to be leaders, problem-solvers, and team players as they enter the workforce.”

To help with the members’ professional development, LinkedIn will be providing free LinkedIn Learning and Premium accounts. Starbucks will be offering free gift cards for participants to use for networking coffees to help build relationships in their new neighborhoods.

The Airbnb community has rallied over the past three years to ease the relocation process for service year corps members by providing free or low cost accommodations. We are proud to support young people who are incredibly dedicated to service, and giving back to local communities.