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Budget Fight: Believers, True and Otherwise

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Railing about deficits gives the GOP a convenient excuse to hack away at the sorts of bogeymen they've been wanting to kill off for years. Public-employee salaries. And benefits. And bargaining rights.

Rein in Spending, Ramp Up Service

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bridgeland

Last night, two hundred students at an "Active Citizens Conference" at the College of William and Mary reminded me once again of the value of national service and our country's investment in it.

Why Conservatives Should Love AmeriCorps, Not Kill It

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirley Sagawa

Despite the bipartisan majorities that created AmeriCorps in 1993, conservatives still can't get past the program's association with Bill Clinton.

Happy Anniversary Let's Move! FoodCorps Recruiting First Class of Service Members

Debra Eschmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Debra Eschmeyer

This week, FoodCorps, a brand new and much anticipated national service organization, opens applications for its first class of service members.

Sarge Changed Our World and Us

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bridgeland

Most people do not get to meet their heroes. I became friends with mine. Sargent Shriver inspired people around the world to believe in themselves and their capacities to solve tough problems.

Young People 'Make Real the Promises of Democracy'

Stephen Salinas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Salinas

By fighting for these students and believing their success is possible, our corps members are helping to raise up the next generation.

Recent College Graduates Can Find Silver Lining in Service Programs

Kyle Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Kyle Daley

Sometime this month, millions of recent college graduates will have to start paying their student debt. And graduates have better opportunities than filling caramel macchiato orders.

Celebrate Veterans Day With Civilian Service

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

An important part of the healing process for veterans is finding renewed purpose through service to others. That is a lesson for all of us, and one we ought to honor on Veterans Day.

Summer in November -- Can a Summer of Service Battle Summer Slide?

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

The establishment of a "Summer of Service" rite for young Americans of all backgrounds could help them find a sense of purpose at a pivotal age, hone their civic engagement skills, and expose them to role models in the community.

Cities of Service Takes off

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

September has been a big month for the service movement, with ten new mayors unveiling city service plans to local fanfare and ten additional mayors appointing Chief Service Officers.

Sagawa's 'American Way to Change' 'Doesn't Let Government Off The Hook'

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Bridgeland

[Sagawa's book] doesn't let government off the hook, but instead argues that there are some roles that volunteers and participants in national service programs can play more effectively than professionals.

Single Mother Rebuilds After Katrina, Finds Hope Through St. Bernard Project

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

About five years and a few days ago, New Orleans brought a few things to mind. Mardi Gras. Jazz music. Gumbo. And to Joycelyn Heintz, it was home. She...

The Sound of Service: It's Time to Bring MusicianCorps to LA

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Greenblatt

I attended a briefing this past week that still has me glowing with inspiration. It was a reminder of the miraculous potential of service and the raw power of music.

Empowering Cities Through Service

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Judith Rodin

Cities of Service, from Seattle to Savannah, are establishing innovative citizen-service strategies to address challenges from public safety to homelessness to struggling schools.

Bolstering the Economy by Serving the Common Good

Alan Khazei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alan Khazei

The bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed into law on April 21, 2009, has put more Americans into productive work during the Great Recession.

Returning to Core Values on Unemployment: Expand the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and the Job Corps

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

Young workers -- those just out of high school or college -- face a roughly 20 percent youth unemployment rate.

Joining the Fight Against the High School Dropout Crisis

Audrey Kuo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Audrey Kuo

In the next few weeks, millions of high school students will celebrate more than a decade of hard work in graduation ceremonies across the country. And more than a million more will not.

Ready to Serve

Ellen Schall | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ellen Schall

We need to make it possible for outstanding students, regardless of background or wealth, to aspire to federal service. The Roosevelt Scholars Program would be a powerful start.

'The Empathic Civilization': The Young Pioneers Of The Empathic Generation

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Today's emerging adults see themselves as international citizens to an extent rarely experienced before.

House Democrats Propose $50 Billion For Jobs-Boosting Projects

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Responding to calls among rank-and-file Democrats for more infrastructure spending, House leaders Tuesday unveiled a plan to add al...

Why I'm Backing Alan Khazei for the U.S. Senate

Vicki Strauss Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vicki Strauss Kennedy

Alan Khazei represents a rare opportunity to elect a bridge builder with a proven ability to work inside Washington, while also galvanizing outside pressure to effectively pass meaningful legislation.

Giving Back Without Waiting for the Ask

Johanna Garton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Johanna Garton

As I tried to get deeper into what I saw as an unacceptable response, it soon became clear that my husband's main objection was important: pleas for help are just too generic.

Ted Kennedy, Public Service and Our Collective Charge

Lauren Melcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauren Melcher

Today, as we remember the youngest Kennedy brother's life and achievements, I'm renewing my pledge to support the Serve America Act.

Senator Kennedy Made Me Do This

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Kennedy's career was marked by a decades-long commitment to help those with the least political power - the poor, children, immigrants, and the uninsured.

Ted Kennedy, National Service and the Art of the Deal

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

Far from being an ideologue, Kennedy was invariably the guy going for the deal, as he was during the creation of AmeriCorps.