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Nurturing Citizen Leaders Starts In Higher Education

Taylor Reveley | Posted 07.03.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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.

MBAs Across America: A Journey to Discover the Future of American Business -- and Disrupt B-School Along the Way

Casey Gerald | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Casey Gerald

Eight months ago, four first-year Harvard Business School students asked themselves a simple question: what if MBAs left their classrooms to get a hands-on education in the heart of America?

National Service: The Ultimate Shovel-Ready Infrastructure Project

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

I'm in Aspen for the inaugural 21st Century National Service Summit, sponsored by The Franklin Project, a new venture of the Aspen Institute. The goal is to make universal national service a new American rite of passage. It is, of course, an idea at the heart of the founding of the country itself, connected to the very "pursuit of happiness" in our Declaration of Independence.