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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 02.08.2016 | 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 02.01.2016 | 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 01.15.2016 | 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 01.15.2016 | 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 12.21.2015 | 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.

'Tis the Season for Helping Others

Wendy Spencer | Posted 11.27.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

On #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations will highlight charitable giving and philanthropy, but the spirit of the day reaches even further -- right down to the street where you live.

National Service for a Just and Equitable Society

Adren O. Wilson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Adren O. Wilson

As our cities grow larger and more diverse, we can no longer afford to overlook, dismiss, or ignore the promise and potential of so many who live in them. Justice and economics demand that we create more opportunities for young adults, and national service is a proven strategy.

Voters Speak: Protect National Service Funding

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Last month, 75,000 new AmeriCorps members were sworn in to serve in communities across the country, pledging to do what they do best: use their energy and talents to improve communities, impact lives, and tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our nation.

How My Year of Service Matured My Head and My Heart

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Unfortunately, I also witnessed the financial obstacles this pathway of service posed for low-income members who wanted to serve in their own communities, but needed additional financial support in order to participate in full-time service year programs.

National Service Chaplains: A Call to Congregations Serving Those Who Serve

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

f young people serving in the military have chaplains, why not have chaplains for those serving in our communities? This is why the Center for Faith and Service has launched the National Service Chaplaincy Initiative.

The Strength of the Gulf Coast - From Destruction to Growth and Recovery

Wendy Spencer | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

My visit to Waveland, Mississippi, last week brought back one of the most searing images of destruction I have seen in my nearly two decades of working in the disaster response and volunteer management field.