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Back in the Saddle


That right there is an official Standard Black Trooper saddle.  More or less unrelated to our next bus adventure, but fits with the theme of a great weekend in the mountains.

Last night Matt and I had a ServeNext meeting in Denver at the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado‘s office.  We had a good group join us, including the Director of Projects & Training for AmeriCorps *NCCC in Denver, the Colorado AmeriCorps Alums Chapter leaders and a group of AmeriCorps *NCCC alums.  Some really great things are happening in the Denver area, especially regarding disaster preparation and environmental stewardship.  The AmeriCorps Alums chapter in Denver is doing some great things, including an Issues Forums every 2 months, social events, and helping lead the efforts for the “AmeriCorps Week” (May 11-18) Kick Off.  The Alums will also be recognized in a pre-game, on field ceremony at the Colorado Rockies home game on May 17th.

We’re headed to Seattle this morning, having just celebrated our 1 month anniversary on the road.  We’ve got an exciting month ahead of us and we’re looking forward to seeing more of the country and meeting more people looking to move National Service forward.  We’ll send an update during our 31 hour adventure to Seattle… hopefully we won’t run into any more tornados!


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


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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American Jewish Commitee’s “Imagining America”

Last Thursday, Matt and I were hosted by Access, the American Jewish Committee’s Youth Professional association, in New York City.  Joined by the the New York Urban League’s Young Professionals and the New York City chapter of AmeriCorps Alums, we discussed ways in which service as a shared experience can break down barriers between individuals and communities.  Look for a video update in the coming days! 

Last year, the American Jewish Committee released a report titled “Imagining America: Making National Service a National Priority.”  Click here to read the full report.

A national task force sponsored by the American Jewish Committee is urging that a year of voluntary national service become the rule, not the exception, for young American adults, ages 18 to 25. The task force recommendations are detailed in its report, Imagining America: Making National Service a National Priority. “At least one year of full-time, intensive service, either military or civilian, should be the standard, not the exception,” concludes the task force. The full report is available at http://www.ajc.org.

“We want to invigorate the conversation so that our political leaders will partner with businesses and universities to make a solid investment in this effort,” said Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus of George Washington University, where he is now a professor of public service. Trachtenberg chaired the AJC-sponsored task force. “The goal is to enlist one million participants per year.”

The 30-member task force met over the course of the past year to assess the history of national service in the United States, existing programs such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, and ways to greatly expand the national service efforts to make them available to a diverse group of young adults across the country. Task force members included leaders in business, education, politics and the not-for-profit service sector.

“Service programs link the rights and privileges of being American with a clear sense of responsibility,” states the report. “By helping to create habits of civic engagement in young people that last a lifetime, they provide benefits to both participants and society.”

Existing service programs receive more applicants than they can take, and they are not always able to provide the financial and other type of assistance to draw young adults from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities. A broad expansion of the national service concept will require a commitment of support from the nation’s business, education and public sectors.

The task force is calling on Democrats and Republicans to make a commitment to civilian national service part of their party platforms.

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She Serves When She Celebrates

Last night, I got to hang with birthday girl Jules Mathis (AmeriCorps ’05, ’06), her supportive friends from Rutgers University, and the mighty AmeriCorps members with City Year Greater Philadelphia who are in the middle of 100 Hours of Power — a physical service marathon with projects happening for 100 consecutive hours across Philly!  An awesome team of service warriors led Jules and her friends in some inspiring late-night service from 8pm-12am at the Germantown YWCA Child Care Center. 

Click above to hear from Jules why she was out doing service on her birthday…

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