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AmeriCorps...Still Making a Difference

Charles Orgbon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Teen
Charles Orgbon

I only hope that stories of how AmeriCorps has impacted young people, like me as a student, will inspire decision-makers to continue supporting these programs.

AmeriCorps Fosters The Next Generation Of Social Entrepreneurs

John Gomperts | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
John Gomperts

At a time of increasing social need and tight fiscal restraints across the country, we need more opportunities for service -- through programs like AmeriCorps or others -- to continue to foster the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

A New Era Of Impact Volunteering

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

It is not often that presidents share a legacy. More typically, the history books and the leaders themselves prefer a unique stamp, a signature achiev...

AmeriCorps: Developing the Next Generation of Public Servants

Bizunesh Scott | Posted 05.15.2012 | Education
Bizunesh Scott

I had not graduated from college. I was not top of my class in high school. I had not played sports, volunteered, or done any "resume-building" extracurricular activities. All I had, and all I needed, was a desire to lead through service.

Celebrate AmeriCorps Week 2012: Submit Your Photos!

Posted 03.14.2012 | Impact

When President Bill Clinton swore in the first class of AmeriCorps members in 1994, he asked them to reflect on the power of service: Service is a...

Commemorating AmeriCorps Week: Expanding Opportunity Through Service

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

Last year, AmeriCorps received a record of more than 580,000 applications for just 80,000 positions. More than half a million people applied to join the program, not for financial gain, but because they were driven to make real community impact.

Eleanor Goldberg

The ONE Thing Top Presidential Candidates Agree On | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact

The public service AmeriCorps can't accommodate a two-year surge of 62 percent in volunteer applications. But it may be able to count on the winner of...

Too Many Volunteers And Not Enough Opportunities

Michael Brown | Posted 04.26.2012 | Impact
Michael Brown

A record-breaking number of young people are raising their hands to serve. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority are being turned away.

Make a Career of Humanity

Debra Eschmeyer | Posted 03.16.2012 | Impact
Debra Eschmeyer

MLK recognized the importance of the right to knowledge, engagement, and access to healthy food. When FoodCorps asked its first class of service members what they believe in, the influence of MLK was reflected in their statements.

Republican Reasoning: Why 2008 Was the Year for Occupying and Protesting Wall Street

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

I am surprised that they did not happen in 2008 at the height of the financial collapse. We've known the root of this discontent for years, if not decades. It has to do with America's growing poverty and income inequality rates.

America's Early Childhood Education Crisis

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education
Michael Yarbrough

The fact of the matter is that early childhood, ages three to five, is not only an ideal time to build a solid foundation in literacy and critical thinking abilities, but a crucial one at that.

Really, Have We No Faith In Our Young People?

Pamela Yellen | Posted 11.27.2011 | College
Pamela Yellen

If you know young people who are currently without direction (or hope), then provide them a map. Let them know that America is a country that needs their unique energy, creativity, commitment and quest for purpose.

Serving Others Makes America Great

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

In honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Goodwills across the country who are involved in the AmeriCorps program will participate in a national pledge of service in remembrance of September 11.

Heart of the Nation

John Bridgeland | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
John Bridgeland

September 11th prompted something else in the American psyche that reflected the heart of our nation -- our instinct to care for one another and to serve community and country.

Creating Good Citizens

Peter Levine | Posted 08.10.2011 | Chicago
Peter Levine

Teenagers become good citizens -- and improve their schools and communities -- when they are given the chance to contribute.

Fully Fund AmeriCorps to Support Veterans and Military Families

Aaron Marquez | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Aaron Marquez

Despite the vision for a Veterans Corps, we have not moved aggressively enough to develop these types of programs. The primary challenge has been the uncertainty of Americorps funding.

Help Save the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps

Levi Novey | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Levi Novey

The Pennsylvania Conservation Corps and career building jobs for Pennsylvania's youth are on the chopping block. The time is now to speak up on their behalf.

Rebounding From Congressional Efforts to Eliminate it, AmeriCorps is Making a Difference in Joplin

Tamar Abrams | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

Politics is probably the last thing on the minds of those of us watching the news over the past week with mind-numbing images of a leveled Joplin, Missouri. And yet there is a political subtext to these scenes.

Lucas Kavner

Let There Be Playgrounds | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.13.2011 | Impact

Darell Hammond (not to be confused with the similarly named "SNL" alum) is very serious about playing around. He's spent more than 15 years establishi...

Patrick Corvington Out As CNCS CEO: Who's Next?

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 07.11.2011 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

After a little more than a year on the job, Patrick Corvington, the new CEO of CNCS, is resigning soon to take an "opportunity in the nonprofit community."

Service: More Important than Ever

Greg Propper | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Greg Propper

With concern over the size of the national debt, leaders of both parties are telling us to expect shared sacrifice. Now is the time to expand national service, not scale back our ambitions.

Stopping Cuts That "Knock the Legs Out" From Our Communities

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Many of the cuts proposed in the House so far target a wide array of programs that empower low-income people to climb out of poverty and serve their communities.

Three Keys to Revitalizing the Service Movement in America

Aaron Hurst | Posted 05.31.2011 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

With social, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities and nation, we need political leaders to follow Kennedy's example by remodeling the way we engage in social change.

All Together Now? AmeriCorps and the Thousand Points of Light

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.29.2011 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

AmeriCorps members are the recruiters and leaders of millions of community volunteers, the full-time, consistent presence that makes so much possible.

AmeriCorps Cuts Would Endanger Education Reforms

Carol R. Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Carol R. Johnson

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act greatly expanded national service. Who would have imagined that, just two years later, the House would pass a budget that erases this important element of Senator Kennedy's legacy.