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Expanding a Culture of Service

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Service is an essential part of our nation's DNA. Throughout our history, volunteers across the country have stepped up to fill a range of critical needs.

An Interview With Shenna Bellows

Colleen Crinion | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Colleen Crinion

At the Netroots Nation conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Maine senate candidate Shenna Bellows. We didn't have a lot of time to chat, but I definitely had enough time to find out that she has a great and diverse background, and is an incredibly thoughtful person

A Year of Service for All Americans

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Public service needs to be a fundamental aspect of American life. To achieve this, a norm of at least a year of public service should be standardized.

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.

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.

Overseeing America's Community Service

Tom Fox | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Wendy Spencer is the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social I...

Filling in the "Gaps" of a College Education

Kara McFadden | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Kara McFadden

The term "gap year" can have a negative connotation because it makes us think of inserting a gap in our lives, delaying, and possibly even derailing, our future plans in the process. But this thinking is dated and backward.

A Living Systems Approach to Addressing the High School Dropout Crisis

Max Klau | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Max Klau

Recently, I had the tremendous privilege of presenting at TEDx HGSE, a local TEDx conference organized by my alma mater, the Harvard Graduate School o...

Creating a "Light Bulb" Moment with a Pig's Lung

Sarah Rabiner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Sarah Rabiner

Being able to see and feel real lungs helped make the harmful effects of smoking tangible to students. Rather than being told that smoking "is bad for you," students could truly conceptualize what habitual smoking can do to the body. The level of engagement and excitement in this middle school classroom was astonishing.

Green Service: Creating Opportunity and Protecting Our Planet

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Like many transitioning service members, Mike Bremer was having a tough time finding work after he came home. Then he joined AmeriCorps, serving on th...

A Year of Service, With a Dose of Entertainment

Zach Maurin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Zach Maurin

We have a generation of young people who are desperate for the chance to earn a living, learn new skills, and make a difference in the lives of others. Simply put, our country needs the Millennial Generation to become another Greatest Generation.

It's Time for a New Civic Institution

Jason Mangone | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Jason Mangone

We believe our country needs a new civic institution. That's a big idea, but I'm convinced and encouraged that it's the right one for our time: young people want it; prevailing conditions allow for it and our country needs it.

Clay Bigler, CSSC, Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success

Don McNay | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Don McNay

Thank God my daughter Gena didn't listen to me. She never listened to me much, but this is one where Dad was dead wrong. She fell for him immediately, and after 20 years, you would think they were still on a honeymoon. I was right about the 30 guys that I ran off before him, but completely missed on Clay.

Honoring Olympic-Sized National Service Heroes

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

I am inspired by the Olympics. Champions deserve to be celebrated. This week, Voices for National Service will honor our own champions who, in my eyes, demonstrate tremendous resilience and tenacity in their efforts to fight for national service.

AmeriCorps: Changing the Education Story

Wendy Spencer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Whenever the talk begins about our nation making quality education a priority, it's no surprise that some may be cynical. After all, we have too many ...

Administration Helping Holocaust Survivors

AP | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is working to help Holocaust survivors in the United States, many of them living in poverty, by coordinat...

It's Quick, It's Easy and It's Time to Get Rid of This Law

Steven Conn | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If we aren't going to have a draft in any imaginable future, and if we aren't even going to enforce the Selective Service registration law -- the last prosecution took place in 1986 -- then it is time to get rid of draft registration.

Thank a National Service Member Today

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Without these 440,000 national service members hard at work, budget-constrained communities might not be able to feed those who are hungry or give children the extra support they need in school to reach their full potential.

For Veterans Day, Three Powerful Stories of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

I’d like to pay tribute to all veterans by telling you the story of three people – a boy who lost his dad on 9/11, an Army helicopter pilo...

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

Serving After Sandy

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

As we mark one year since Sandy, just weeks after a fiscal battle in Congress that shut down the government, national service offers an opportunity to unite the country and rekindle the American spirit of service and sacrifice for a cause greater than self.

Sandy's Survivors: Stronger Than the Storm

Wendy Spencer | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

There's a famous saying that goes, "None of us is as good as all of us." I am thankful that our country recognizes this and unites to give our best to those in need when times are at their worst.