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The Bond That Unites the United States

Matt Blackwell | Posted 11.24.2016 | 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 11.23.2016 | 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 11.20.2016 | 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 11.19.2016 | 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.

What Charleston Can Show Us All In the National Service Movement

Gordon Rooney | Posted 07.03.2016 | Impact
Gordon Rooney

Discussions on race are important, and we should continue having them, but it's going to take more action to move us forward. While there is no one panacea, I am confident as to what a piece of the puzzle looks like.

Hurricane Katrina: Three Objects of the Storm and Three Objectives of Service

Rob Lalka | Posted 08.28.2016 | Impact
Rob Lalka

Katrina's devastation was, by so many measures, due to the mistakes of people. And the recovery is, by every measure, due to the strength of people.

10 Years Later: Katrina's Legacy of Service

Reese May | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Reese May

But despite the storm's destruction, and the ongoing problems with disaster recovery in America -- New Orleans' story is hardly all doom and gloom. In the years since Katrina, New Orleans has given many the opportunity to become our very best selves.

Moving The Country Forward -- Dartmouth College Elects to Become a Model for Civic Engagement via The Franklin Project

Marshall Brown | Posted 07.23.2016 | Education
Marshall Brown

How do we teach civic values to young people at a time when money has thoroughly corrupted politics, where serious policy discussions have been drown out in favor of infotainments, manufactured outrage and 'click-bait?'

Remembering Notre Dame's Father Hesburgh

Harris Wofford | Posted 05.05.2016 | College
Harris Wofford

For Notre Dame's memorial service, President Obama sent a video reflecting his two visits to Notre Dame. When he came the second time, as President, in his speech he saluted Father Hesburgh and TV cameras caught Father Ted smiling in the front row.

Higher Ed + Service Year = Community and Economic Development

The Franklin Project | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
The Franklin Project

As we examined our economic and community impact, we began to explore what experiences could be designed to link these two distinct roles of the university. The concept of the service year emerged as an ideal pilot to begin cultivating our work.

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.

Nurturing Citizen Leaders Starts In Higher Education

Taylor Reveley | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Taylor Reveley

It's crucial to the quality of our national life and the strength of our democracy, however, that all colleges and universities help nurture citizen leaders. Embracing the Franklin Project can be a powerful means to that end.

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?

To the Class of 2014

Gabrielle Giffords | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Gabrielle Giffords

Today, you are more important than we are. It's up to you to lead. Make the choice to serve. Endeavor to do something extraordinary. And when life throws setback and challenges your way, grit your teeth and keep on going.

An America That Asks: 'Where Will You Do Your Service Year?'

Alan Khazei | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Alan Khazei

At a time when the desire to serve far exceeds the supply of service year positions, we need to call on all sectors of our society to innovate and develop new opportunities to serve. In particular, we need to integrate national service into the fabric of the American educational system.

Answering the State of the Union's Call to Citizenship

Tara Maller | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Tara Maller

A dramatic cultural transformation in how our country views national service has the ability to transform both the state of our union and the role we play in the international community in the decades ahead of us.

Have Faith in National Service

John J. Dilulio, Jr. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
John J. Dilulio, Jr.

Each day in America, faith-based organizations, national and local, large and small, perform civic miracles. For instance, cash-strapped urban congregations supply many social services, from day care to health care, from sheltering the homeless to finding jobs for ex-prisoners.

Reporting for Duty. Again.

Eric Greitens | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Eric Greitens

Five million volunteers. Five million husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. Five million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have fought for a dozen years. Next year, the last of these men and women will come home from Afghanistan. What comes next for this generation of veterans? What will their legacy be?

The Power of Service

Angel Taveras | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Angel Taveras

When I graduated from college, I had a great opportunity to return home and dedicate myself to serving the community that had given me so much.