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Harris Wofford At Aspen Institute Summit On Re-Engaging Young Americans In Community Service

06/26/2013 05:11 pm ET | Updated Jul 08, 2013

Various leaders from the public and private sector are gathering this week at the 21st Century National Service Summit to rethink how we give back.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford is among these visionaries attending the conference in Aspen.

He spoke to HuffPost today about how to re-engage Americans, especially youth, in serving their communities and their country.

When asked about ways to make service more accessible and cool for young Americans, he said democratization is key:

“It isn’t only for those that win grants from the Corporation for National Service, but it will be open to nonprofits, colleges, universities, and other entities to start their national service programs.”

Wofford is the current senior advisor to the Franklin Project, an initiative started by the Aspen Institute last year that aims to strengthen and advance various local and national service programs.

This video is part of a series of interviews with speakers, attendees and panelists at The Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by The Huffington Post in conjunction with The Aspen Institute. For more videos from the series, click here. For more information about The Aspen Institute, click here.

Watch the full interview above, and then check out real-time tweets from the National Service Summit here:

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