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No Matter Your Destination, Make Service Part of Your Travels

Nikki Gusz | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Nikki Gusz

I remember the first sight of my dad in the airport. Once he saw us, he started running until we all embraced. Even though I was only a few years old, it's a moment that will be ingrained in my mind forever.

The Bond That Unites the United States

Matt Blackwell | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Matt Blackwell

One of the greatest aspects of this position, and the entire point of promoting national service, is the people I have connected with that I would not come to know in my daily routine.

How My Adventure In National Service Came to Shape the Rest of My Life

Kevin D. Ward | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Kevin D. Ward

Today, colleges and universities should be creating expectations of service for their prospective students and recent graduates.

Let's Tackle the Disconnect Between Americans and Service to Each Other

John-Paul Smith | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
John-Paul Smith

Today less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. population actively serves in the armed forces. The decline of duty has not only resulted in a disconnect between U.S. military personnel and American civilians, it's created a disconnect between Americans and service to each other.

Service: What, Exactly, Is the Point?

Godfrey Plata | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Godfrey Plata

Here's the thing: As a person of color and a Filipino immigrant, I sometimes cringe when I think of "service." The first thing I envision is a white adult working in a "third world" country like the Philippines, huddling together with versions of a four-year-old me, darker-skinned and of modest means.

A Better Milwaukee Starts With the Right Question

Amanda Panciera | Posted 07.04.2016 | Impact
Amanda Panciera

I was meant to serve. As the child of a police officer and a paramedic and the grandchild of war veterans, service was in my blood. Caring deeply about others was in my soul. My first word was even "justice." (This is likely because my German Sheperd puppy was named Justice, but still.)

'My Goals Are Twofold: Education and Inspiration'

Greg Ericksen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Greg Ericksen

My narrative and experience as an AmeriCorps member and my year of service is not unique; it's actually very common. I was a young, college-educated adult looking to turn my altruism and idealism into reality.

A Different Kind of Entrepreneur In San Diego

Anna Lenhart | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Anna Lenhart

When I decided to take a "year-off" between my junior and senior year of college to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I expected to get a needed break from studies and help some people. I was not expecting to launch my startup career.

Service Before Self: Why We Need to Support the Franklin Project

Randy Frazier Jr. | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Randy Frazier Jr.

In 1988, my peers and I had ample motivation to serve. In today's political, economic, and social environment I worry that my children may not have the opportunities or motivation to similarly serve their country.

'We are Responsible for Our Nation and Our Communities'

Roch Turner | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Roch Turner

We can count how many meals were distributed, homes were built, or jackets provided to the homeless. But we cannot quantify the value to the service member who sees critical issues in a community being addressed, nor the value received by the recipients of that service.

Millennials: 'We've Sold Our Children a Very Narrow Definition of Success'

Elizabeth Barrett | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Barrett

The millennials are an impressive group. Although often maligned for being self-centered and entitled, they are also the most highly educated, well-traveled, open minded, and tech savvy of any generation before.

Rewriting the Narrative About Flint, Michigan

Jennifer McArdle | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Jennifer McArdle

We're working to rewrite the narrative about Flint to be about our assets, not our deficits. We strive to be at the forefront of making a year of full-time national service an opportunity for every willing American. It's not just nice for our community. It's vital.

'There Are No Vacant Lots In Nature': What Service Looks Like In Nevada

Jeff Bryant | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Jeff Bryant

Despite all of the great work being done, I know deep down that it is not enough. While I have watched national service efforts in northern Nevada blossom and see new service opportunities created every year, in my experience it is common to have five qualified candidates for every service year opportunity.

Discovering the 'Epitome of Citizenship'

Jamison Braun | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Jamison Braun

Imagine National Service positions that answer community requirements like education, roads, infrastructure, homelessness, bridge building, park revitalization, just to name a few.

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.

How My Students and I Built a Classroom of Scientific Inquiry and Social Justice, and How It Changed My Life

Mike Meaney | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mike Meaney

My pessimism toward technology began as a young boy. I vividly remember the feeling of a syringe blasting cold molding putty into my ear cavity. I was being fitted for a device called the Speech Easy. Worn like a hearing aid, the device produced the "choral effect," and was supposed to ease the severity of my stutter.

Connecting Military Spouses with Opportunities to Serve

Catherine Cheney | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Catherine Cheney

On a national and global scale, we lack a common experience, and that makes it hard to believe in a common future.

One Nation: Rediscovering American Compassion

John Bridgeland | Posted 09.11.2016 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Americans after 9/11 reset their civic sights, and for at least four years following, increased those habits to help one another and serve one another. But our country stands at a crossroads yet again.

Shaping a Culture of Inclusion

Wendy Spencer | Posted 07.02.2016 | 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.

Remembering Sacrifice Through Service

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 05.22.2016 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

Memorial Day provides us the opportunity to come together as one community -- both military and civilian -- in remembrance of the fallen and to honor their spirit.

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.

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.