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Giving Thanks and Honoring Commitments: AmeriCorps VISTA's Work with Tribal Nations

Max Finberg | Posted 11.23.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

As Americans gather to give thanks, it is a most appropriate time to thank those who were here first - our country's Native American citizens. We have...

National Service: Hillary Fights For Millennials

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Throughout this fall, I've spent many afternoons and evenings campaigning for Hillary Clinton on college campuses in swing states across the country.

A Million Reasons to Support AmeriCorps

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

On October 7th, national service marks a major milestone: the induction of the one-millionth AmeriCorps member. Twenty-two years ago, the first class of AmeriCorps members - 20,000 strong - raised their right hand and "pledged to get things done for America."

We Need A Pipeline, Not A Wall: Tapping Homegrown Talent For 2.4 Million STEM Jobs

Paula Golden | Posted 10.05.2016 | Education
Paula Golden

The United States is tapping out of STEM talent. For two generations, we have systemically limited equitable access to STEM learning by failing to f...

A Tale Of Two Tweetstorms

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Dorothy Samuels

Reacting to Donald Trump’s peculiar predawn Twitter tirade against a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, Hillary Clinton and her team responded ov...

On This 9/11, Recapture The Spirit Of Service

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics
Dorothy Samuels

Fifteen years after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, my thoughts keep returning to a remarkable gathering I attended at Columbia ...

Addressing Broken Citizenship And Pressing Challenges through a Service Year

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 08.08.2016 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

In the wake of the presidential nominating conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, it is clear we are facing serious fractures in American society ...

Addressing Broken Citizenship And Pressing Challenges through a Service Year

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 07.26.2016 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

The next President should continue this bipartisan tradition and realize the promise of full-time service by putting AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and YouthBuild on a growth trajectory, and incentivizing public agencies, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations to create new positions that will enable every young person who wants to serve a year the chance to do so.

Why I'm In Favor Of The Gap Year

Samantha Savello | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
Samantha Savello

Perhaps the most compelling reason for taking a gap year is that it offers a unique opportunity that will likely never reappear. For prospective students thinking about the next step in their lives: Don't rule out anything, including a gap year.

The Millennial Generation Is America's Service Generation

Larry Harris Jr. | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Larry Harris Jr.

A generation this committed to military service, national service and education is not lazy, entitled, narcissistic or anti-intellectual.

It's never too late to answer the call to serve

Max Finberg | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

As Director of AmeriCorps VISTA, I have the privilege of serving with individuals committed to service and making a change in their community. Today, ...

Honoring National Service in War and Peace

David J. Smith | Posted 05.31.2016 | College
David J. Smith

The dean at my son's graduation was correct to honor military women and men. But he might have added a second salute to those who serve our country in many other ways that advance important social and economic change in the U.S. and abroad.

Invest in Our Nation's Future: Support the Summer Opportunity Project

The Corps Network | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
The Corps Network

AmeriCorps members with Green City Force tend to an urban farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Mary Ellen Sprenkel CEO of The Corps Network Summer is a crit...

Salt of the Earth (Day): AmeriCorps VISTA

Max Finberg | Posted 04.22.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

Five years ago, my hometown of Margaretville in Upstate New York was flooded. Record rain from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee resulted in seve...

National Volunteer Week Celebrates Individual Changemakers and the History of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Norman Hurns mentors elementary school boys on "life skills and character education" through Brothers Making a Difference, a program he created after he saw a need to inspire and motivate kids growing up in a city hit hard by changing economics and the shrinking auto industry -- Detroit.

Changemaking and a New Era for Volunteer Engagement: An Interview With Amy Smith of Points of Light

Bobbi Silten | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Bobbi Silten

I had the pleasure of checking in with Amy Smith, Chief Strategy Officer and President, Action Networks at Points of Light during National Volunteer Week to learn about her latest reflections on the field of volunteering.

Liberal Arts, Public Policy and Public Service: A Perfect Combination

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 04.06.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Our students came away from the week telling us that they gained an expanded appreciation for why their liberal arts experience can help them play a role in shaping their communities, on behalf of their communities.

From Alabama to Wyoming: Local Leaders Show Bipartisan Support for National Service

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Today, more than 3,100 mayors, county officials and tribal leaders, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico will participate in the fourth annual Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day for National Service.

Committed to the Greater Good: Cesar Chavez and AmeriCorps VISTA

Max Finberg | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

When AmeriCorps VISTA began more than 50 years ago, some of the first VISTA volunteers started their service at migrant farm worker camps in California.

The Crisis of Sports in Inner-City America

Paul Caccamo | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Paul Caccamo

Today, a child waking up in a low income urban community is four times less likely to play sports after school than a child waking up in a more afflue...

Considering Teach for America? Stay longer than two years.

Lauren Boyle | Posted 02.06.2017 | Education
Lauren Boyle

This past weekend, over 15,000 past, present and prospective Teach for America corps members met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary...

When Service and Death Collide: Transcending Tragedy - A Call for a National Service Memorial

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

A defining moment of my childhood was the night my father left and returned with tears in his eyes for a closed-door conversation with my mother. No o...

What Are You Doing for Others on MLK Day?

Wendy Spencer | Posted 01.15.2017 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to demonstrate the value and power of service by answering what Dr. King called life's most persistent question: "What are you doing for others?"

A Challenge on King Day

John Bridgeland | Posted 01.15.2017 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Since 9/11, millions of Americans have spent the King holiday serving through groups like Earth Conservation Corps, City Year, Martha's Table, and Habitat for Humanity. Those experiences renew the spirit -- our own and the country's -- at a time of historically low levels of social trust and lingering tensions that divide us by race, ethnicity, income and immigrant status.

Congress Listened: National Service Is Expanded

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 12.21.2016 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Something important happened in Washington, D.C. last week. Our nation's legislators reached across the aisle and passed a landmark budget bill that includes a significant expansion of national service programs that will directly benefit communities across the country.