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Honoring Veterans by Expanding National Service

Stephen J. Hadley | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteering and Service Are More Than a Temporary Response to Tragedy

Ilir Zherka | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Ilir Zherka

In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw the volunteerism rate in the U.S. jump to 28.8 percent, support of governmental institutions was high, and many Americans felt connected to one another. But, moments of national unity can be transient.

National Service Is the Proper Response to National Emergency

Jason Mangone | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Jason Mangone

Prior to 9/11, our reaction to national emergency had been national service. Regrettably, the reaction to our last great national emergency has been a decade-plus of war devoid of any collective responsibility as citizens.

The Post-Partisan Future of National Service

Steven Olikara | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Steven Olikara

Millennial social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and policymakers are forging a different path forward on national service, creating a new space for "post-partisanship" -- that is, instead of left or right, the best of both worlds.

National Service and National Resilience

Michèle Flournoy | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Michèle Flournoy

Today, less than 1 percent serve in the U.S. military. Expanding national service to include more civilian service opportunities would increase the number of Americans who experience putting a mission first and sacrificing for the greater good.

Reflections on 9/11: Faced With Adversity, I Will Persevere

Roger Wong | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Roger Wong

It's impossible to forget the moment when I realized finding myself was less about finding a career, and actually about discovering my purpose. For me, that moment was on September 11, 2001.

Today's Heroes Inspire Service in the Shadows of Gettysburg

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Americans are lining up to serve, but too often lack the opportunities to do so. Between 2009 and 2011, applications for AmeriCorps positions jumped from approximately 360,000 to more than 582,000--a more than 60 percent increase in just two years.

The Power of a Service Year

John Bridgeland | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Today's easy citizenship does not require much of us. Taxation enables us to support common projects and voting to elect candidates that a majority supports. But there are far too few experiences that bring us together in shared community and national purpose.

The One Thing the Class of 2014 Needs to Hear Before Graduating

Zach Maurin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Zach Maurin

Cliches don't help careers or shape character. Real concrete opportunities do. National service -- a "service year" -- is one opportunity that every young person needs to hear about.

This Is Why National Service Is Necessary, Not Just Nice

Mary E. Bruce | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Mary E. Bruce

Too frequently, and for too long, the potential of AmeriCorps alumni has gone unrecognized, unrewarded and under-leveraged.

The Timeless Stories of Service and Sacrifice Continue at Gettysburg

Joanne Hanley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Joanne Hanley

All of this and more has been accomplished so that this national treasure will be sustained for years to come -- ensuring that the soldiers who fought here "shall not have died in vain."

Ready to Serve: Fostering a New Generation of Engaged Citizens

Janet Riggs | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Janet Riggs

The good news is many Americans, including our colleagues at the Aspen Institute, realize the importance of service -- both for the wellbeing of our society and for the growth and development of those serving.

WATCH: Franklin Project's 'Summit at Gettysburg'

Lance Gould | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact

At some point in the near future, national service will be a de rigueur rite of passage for 18-28 year olds. That is the hope, anyway, of The Franklin...

Federal Funding Is Tenuous as Demand for National Service Reaches a High

Ilir Zherka | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Ilir Zherka

New technologies offer boundless opportunities for us to increase the number of people serving communities, while budget-cutters in Congress threaten to end national service as we know it.

Barbara Bush: The Experience That Sparked My Career Shift Toward Global Service

Barbara Bush | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Barbara Bush

Randomly placed at a table together, three of my co-founders worked to answer the challenge posed to the audience: how to engage young people in global health?

The Quiet Work of Ethel Kennedy

John Bridgeland | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

The quiet work of Ethel Kennedy lives on in the hundreds of young people she has helped find a better life.

Serving Through Sports: My Universal Language

The Franklin Project | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
The Franklin Project

One year, one life completely changed, sculpted, molded...A year of service on the front lines, yet deep in the heart of an unknown country; full of dense jungle and far more pain, bravery, and grit then I will probably ever know.