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Harnessing Uncertainty as a Learning Tool

GenDIY | Posted 07.09.2015 | Education
GenDIY

It was September in Washington D.C., on a weeknight, just after midnight, and I had a one way ticket to Boston. 21 years young, I had just traded in my marketing job in Seattle for a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with YouthBuild USA. And, I was without a place to live when the Greyhound pulled up to the curb.

Shaping a Culture of Inclusion

Wendy Spencer | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Rooted in the ingenuity of everyday Americans, the spirit of service reminds us that we are all united by a common purpose. For generations, the national service family has rallied around this ideal to advance the cause of equal access for Americans with disabilities.

A Call to Action: Summer Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

If we continue to work together, we can ensure that more young people feel empowered to take an active role in making our communities better.

AmeriCorps Tutors Boost Literacy, Give Kids Tools for Success

Wendy Spencer | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Those who read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who don't. Being proficient in reading and graduating from high school are critical steps for success in our 21st century economy.

Would a Year of Voluntary Public Service Bring Out America's Best?

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

This national shift in priority would give young adults not only the opportunity to address significant national problems, but also develop the qualities that would help improve their own health and well-being.

Living as a Seed of Hope During and After AmeriCorps

Sondra Samuels | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Sondra Samuels

Who is accountable for improving the lives of low-income people of color for whom the American dream has been denied? Of course each individual is responsible for his or her own success, but we cannot do it alone. We need each other more than ever now.

A Service Year for the Nation's Young People Would Hasten King's Vision for America

Michael Brown | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Brown

Several of my favorite King quotes speak powerfully to an idea that I believe can help advance King's vision for America. That idea is large-scale, voluntary national service as a civic rite of passage.

Read the 5 Success Stories of the 2015 Service and Conservation Corpsmembers of the Year

The Corps Network | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
The Corps Network

Each year, The Corps Network honors several individuals as Corpsmembers of the Year. These young people have joined Service and Conservation Corps, an...

National Service and My Brother's Keeper

The Corps Network | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network This post was originally published on The Corps Network's website. Recently released repo...

Honoring Veterans by Expanding National Service

Stephen J. Hadley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Stephen J. Hadley

The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has been the foundation for American leadership in the world. That world still needs American leadership. But that leadership does not just require a strong armed forces.

Military and Civilian Service Make for a Powerful Combination

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

Our experience underscores the commitment my family made to serve our country across two generations, and now we watch proudly as our children carry the legacy in national civilian service.

A Common American Future

Jack Gardner | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Jack Gardner

My parents, and most of the parents in the neighborhood where I grew up, were products of the Depression and the Second World War.

National Service and Military Service Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Dr. Chris Howard | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. Chris Howard

The "National Service Coin" could symbolize the connective tissue our civil society needs, and could weave together important personal service narratives for the young men and women we need in order to sustain our great Republic.

Service Before Self: Reflections on Military and Civilian Service

Major Rebecca “BB” Lange | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Major Rebecca “BB” Lange

Sometimes, you need a push. Or a shove. At 17, my parents told me I was on my own to pay for college.

Veteran: A Word That Means a Lot, and More Than You Think

Kevin C. Miller | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Kevin C. Miller

Transitioning from the Marine Corps in 2006 to the civilian world was far from easy. Even after earning a college degree, I struggled to find meaningful employment.

Numbers That Prove Just How Good Volunteering Is For You

Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact

When you were young, you may have been forced to answer the question: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Maybe you've just graduated from coll...

Philanthropy for a New Age: Predictions From the 1999 White House Conference

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

Fifteen years ago this week, philanthropists and other leaders gathered in the White House -- and thousands more watched at sites across the country -- to explore the future of charitable giving in the new Millennium.

As a Team Leader in FEMA Corps, I Helped Educate Youth Before the Next Superstorm

Thomas Trapane | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Thomas Trapane

It cannot possibly get any better than this. I had no idea that I would spend the entire year in AmeriCorps with the same nine people, doing these great things in the name of service.

Service And Opportunity Go Hand In Hand

Nicholé Montgomery-Boone | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Nicholé Montgomery-Boone

That moment struck to the core of why I was in the classroom that day: to show students that where you come from and the challenges you face shouldn't distract from your future dreams and pathway.

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Rep. Gwen Moore

AmeriCorps members have completed over one billion hours of service since 1994, and have had an immense impact on mobilizing communities to work together for a more promising future. As a former VISTA volunteer, I know firsthand the tremendous impact volunteering can have for both the volunteer and the community.

CFPB Recognizes Dangers of Student Loan Debt. Works to Forgive More Loans.

Steve Rhode | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
Steve Rhode

After an announcement today there can be no confusion that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau takes the dangers of looming consumer debt serious...

The Enduring Legacy of National Service

Alan D. Solomont | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Alan D. Solomont

AmeriCorps members tackle the toughest problems we face: Illiteracy, poverty, childhood nutrition, access to educational opportunity, abuse and neglect.

Made in AmeriCorps

Mary E. Bruce | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Mary E. Bruce

AmeriCorps members don't take the easy road. We break tradition, and our parents' expectations, by taking a year on (it's not a year off). We serve, even if it's not the cool thing to do. We serve when it's hard -- probably because it's hard.

Getting Things Done for America

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of AmeriCorps. Over two decades and spanning three presidential administrations, AmeriCorps has built a legacy of high-impact and cost-effective national service that has united and strengthened communities and mobilized a generation of citizens.

National Service Now

John Bridgeland | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

President Obama should feature national service in his 2015 State of the Union Address, requesting in his final two budgets sufficient funding to put AmeriCorps back on the trajectory a bipartisan Congress authorized.