What Service Means To Me

What Service Means to Me: An Evening of Stories from Veterans, Refugees, and Service Year Alumni

Tuesday, September 11th from 6-9 p.m.; Location TBD in Washington, DC

Service can be an extraordinary, transformative experience that enriches your life and your community. It can take countless forms: education, the environment, disaster relief, healthcare, military, and many more. Anyone can serve – and everyone has a story.

On September 11th, 2018 – known as National Day of Service and Remembrance Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI) a project of Human Rights First, will collaborate with Service Year Alliance (SYA) and Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) to co-host a special storytelling event.

The event will feature veterans, refugees, and service year alumni (Peace Corps, Teach for America, City Year, etc.) in which they tell specific, real life stories that exemplify what their time in service has meant to them.Each storyteller will receive training from Story District, a DC-based organization whose mission is “to turn good stories into great performances, to be a platform for diverse perspectives, and to serve as a pipeline and training ground for new voices and talent in storytelling.”  

Currently, we are seeking six to eight individuals from around the country who are interested in sharing specific, true stories that illustrate the value of service and the impact it has made on their own lives. In an effort to represent a diverse array of service experiences on stage, we will be reserving at least two slots for each of the following groups: military veterans or active-duty service members, Iraqi or Afghan wartime allies, and service year alumni. Interested storytellers must the application form below, commit to participating in three training sessions with Story District, and agree to perform on September 11th. 

We will cover each selected storyteller’s travel to Washington, DC, for three Story District trainings in August, each storyteller’s program fee for Story District training, and travel to Washington, DC for the event on September 11th.  


Apply to share your story here.