Are you currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 service team?

Yes! At this time, we are planning for a full service year in 2020-2021 and are hiring accordingly.

How will my experience on the 2020-2021 team be impacted by COVID-19?

At this time, we are planning for a virtual orientation and general adherence to social distancing guidelines. This may include less time in the office, limited travel, and using PPE during service.

I have already been accepted to the program for the 2020-2021 service year. Is my position in jeopardy?

Nope! We do not plan on rescinding any offers.

I have accepted a position and am moving for my service year. Since I cannot travel right now, can someone help me find a place to live?

Contact your state or regional director for housing guides and recommendations. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Please email


Will SpeakFirst High School resume?

We are working to create lessons and assignments that can be done virtually When the school year starts. We are also still accepting applications to the high school team for the 2020-2021 school year and plan to resume virtual practice in the fall.

What’s the due date for applications?

The regular decision deadline is August 21. We will only continue accepting applications for this deadline if all the spots on our Novice team have not been filled. Applications are available online.


Where can I get my taxes done?

Tax season ended July 15 2020. We are preparing for tax season 2021. 

I have questions about the stimulus check payment. Do I have to file a return in order to get a check?

The first set of guidelines has been released by the IRS. As always, you should check for the most accurate and up-to-date information. 


Are you still conducting vision screenings?

At this time, FocusFirst is planning to begin vision screenings in late August. We are working with centers to schedule appointments keeping in mind social distancing and CDC COVID guidelines.

Are children referred still receiving follow up care?

Our partner Sight Savers America has let us know that they are continuing to provide individual case-managed follow-up services to those we have referred.