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Chelsea Clinton serves, talks about importance of public service on the stump…

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Chelsea Clinton has attended a couple service events while campaigning for her mother this past week.  In the above photo, she is seen volunteering last Saturday with Rebuilding Together in Delaware County, Indiana.  The organization was celebrating its 20th annual National Rebuilding Day. 

On Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clinton spoke to volunteers at an event with Hands On Charlotte about her mother’s belief in public service. 

Chelsea Clinton said volunteering is very important to her family. Her father, former President Bill Clinton, started AmeriCorps. Her mother wants to start a Green Corps program that would promote environmental projects while helping volunteers earn money for college or other efforts.

“My mother believes that so much of what we do in public service is so critical to our social life and to our future as a country,” Clinton said.

The service event was organized by America Forward, a non-partisan coalition organized by New Profit, Inc. that includes more than 60 results-oriented, entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations with programs operating in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Together, these organizations serve more than 10 million people per year and have a collective budget of more than $300 million. 

Specifically, America Forward proposes scaling National Service, which includes:

  • A tiered approach to AmeriCorps funding that reflects the stages of organizational development, including a tier that allows long-term successful programs to work in partnership with the Corporation to grow and reach new communities
  • Social entrepreneur start-up fellowships for national service alumni to enable promising AmeriCorps alums to put their ideas for solving community problems into action
  • Increased emphasis on social entrepreneurship in Learn and Serve America and Senior Corps programming

Click here to learn about America Forward’s policy ideas around National Service.

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A Look at Service Learning

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Interesting article from the Center for American Progress on the impact of service learning programs, entitled “Making the Most Out of Service.”  The whole article is worth a read, here’s an excerpt.  

Although a growing body of research has documented the benefits of service learning, which include greater academic engagement, civic behaviors, and personal responsibility, most students don’t have this opportunity. Disadvantaged youth in particular are significantly less likely to engage in service. For middle school students, service learning is a particularly potent way to help them connect what they learn in school to important life goals—a key to reducing the dropout rate.

(For more information about service learning as a key to reducing the dropout rate, check out America’s Promise Alliance.)

As Congress reauthorizes the National and Community Service Act, it should expand support for service learning by reexamining Learn and Serve and creating new funds that will allow federal dollars to be leveraged for service more strategically. Most Learn and Serve America dollars are allocated by formula to state educational agencies, a policy put in place in 1990 with the view that the program would grow in size and that a formula allocation would ensure that every state built expertise in service learning within its education agency. Unfortunately, most states get about $200,000 from Learn and Serve America and make grants of less than $20,000.

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National Volunteer Week

President George W. Bush has released the following statement as part of a proclamation declaring April 27-May 3, 2008 to be National Volunteer Week 2008.  In it, he recognizes the service of citizens through the USA Freedom Corps.

Through volunteer work, Americans can demonstrate the kindness and generosity that make our Nation great.  Mentoring a child, teaching someone to read, visiting the elderly, feeding the hungry, and finding shelter for the homeless are all examples of how Americans can and do aid those in need.  Americans are volunteering in record numbers.  Each year, millions of Americans volunteer, and more of our fellow citizens are discovering that the pursuit of happiness leads to the path of service.  The cumulative effort of the love and compassion from our Nation’s volunteers will help secure a more hopeful future for all our citizens.

My Administration remains committed to building a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility.  The USA Freedom Corps strengthens civic engagement and volunteer service in America and helps people connect with volunteer opportunities.  By visiting the USA Freedom Corps website at volunteer.gov, individuals can find information about ways they can help in their local areas and across the country.

The USA Freedom Corps was created in 2002 by President Bush in correlation with his challenge to all Americans to commit 2 years – 4000 hours – in service over the course of their lifetime.  The USAFC works to build “a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility in America.”  The Freedom Corps works with the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, Learn & Serve America, the Peace Corps and Senior Corps to provide volunteer opportunities to all Americans.  

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