There's no silver bullet to combating climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss, and pollution of our air, water, and communities. But what these "Champions" perhaps give us most is inspiration and an example to follow.
We risk an entire generation missing out on important first-work experiences and education credentials, both key to future individual and familial success as well as the nation's global competitiveness.
Every year, more Corps build farms and gardens and develop agricultural programs that expose their youth participants to the discipline of farm work, and also expose the community to the benefits of green spaces and fresh produce.
Brothers Lance and Brandon Kramer did not envision a big, Hollywood-style production company. As documentarians, they wanted to make films about real people and real issues. They were especially interested in giving voice to untold stories in their native Washington, D.C.
John Griffith wanted to write a book that would inspire kids, particularly minority kids from urban settings, to get interested in endangered species and environmental activism. The result was a fantasy book for young readers that focuses on a hidden world of Totem Mages.
Like military service, civilian service boosts pride among those who serve and can help make people feel a profound sense of connection to their country. It also provides countless benefits for communities and their residents.