Become part of our team!

This program welcomes everyone to participate in making the street a better place. If you want to have a positive impact on your local streets but don’t know where to start, joining the National Street Service is a great way to get involved. 

How to get involved

Individual Participants

We believe that better streets start at the local level - with individuals who take action to understand what better streets mean to them and their communities. This is why we make our tools freely available on our website. 

Community Organizations & Cities

If you are interested in bringing a new chapter of the National Street Service to your city, contact us to discuss how we can work together towards a shared vision of better streets for all.

2018 Summer Grants

We are offering ten grants of between $5 and $500 in support of National Street Service participants who want to build ‘street experiments’ exploring how to make local streets better on behalf of their communities. Find out more and apply >

 

Coming Soon: the National Street Service in Corktown, Detroit!

We’re kicking things off in Corktown, Detroit with a ten week National Street Service Program, a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make streets better for their community.  During the program, you will observe and explore your street, create opportunities to help others reimagine what the street is for,  and collaborate across neighborhoods on projects to make streets welcoming for everyone.

What to expect:

  1. Explore and celebrate the many values of your streets

  2. Connect with their neighbors and local street heroes

  3. Take meaningful action to make streets welcoming places for everyone

  4. Host an event to share your work and celebrate the soul of your local streets

Volunteer Team Members

40 volunteer team members
5 hours per week
Dates to be announced

 

Recent Programs for San Antonio, Texas and Pontiac, Michigan:

We have just concluded a our one-month National Street Service Program in Pontiac and San Antonio. We thank everyone who applied and participated in the program!


The National Street Service Experience

As a team member of the National Street service, there are so many ways you can make a positive impact on your favorite local streets.

“I learned that I can make a difference in even the smallest ways. It all will add up to something awesome.  By that I mean with everyone’s small actions, when we all contribute, we can do the ‘impossible’”
 

“This week I learned that I have a desire to have deeper relationships + connections with those on our street - to be more of a community”

“It changed my mindset from the street is someone else’s responsibility to MY responsibility.”

 Our National Street service training program puts you in charge of your local streets, and guides you step by step to find problems and take action.

Our National Street service training program puts you in charge of your local streets, and guides you step by step to find problems and take action.

 Understanding the problems facing your own local streets is easy! There is so much to be learned just from getting out there, watching for problems, and talking to other people who share the street. 

Understanding the problems facing your own local streets is easy! There is so much to be learned just from getting out there, watching for problems, and talking to other people who share the street. 

 People have real power to make change. This bench welcomes everyone to sit and enjoy the street, and it exists thanks to one of our Street Rangers, who worked with the  Public Bench Project  to install it.

People have real power to make change. This bench welcomes everyone to sit and enjoy the street, and it exists thanks to one of our Street Rangers, who worked with the Public Bench Project to install it.

 Many say that the pen is mightier than the sword. We say a stick of chalk is even mightier. Drawing on the street is a low-risk way to share our ideas for how the street can be better. If people don't like it, it washes away. If people do like it - we have new community support to convince local authorities to take action.

Many say that the pen is mightier than the sword. We say a stick of chalk is even mightier. Drawing on the street is a low-risk way to share our ideas for how the street can be better. If people don't like it, it washes away. If people do like it - we have new community support to convince local authorities to take action.

 A picture is worth a thousand words, and when it isn't safe to use chalk, photos and drawings are an easy way to share our ideas. This picture was created  to show a dangerous street crossing to San Francisco authorities.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and when it isn't safe to use chalk, photos and drawings are an easy way to share our ideas. This picture was created  to show a dangerous street crossing to San Francisco authorities.