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Youth, Education & National Service

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Politico writer Ben Alder has two recent articles touching on National Service in relation to the presidential campaigns.  The first, McCain is slow to gain young voters, is in regards to the youth vote, and how Clinton, McCain and Obama campaigned about issues that matter under-30 voters.  While Clinton and Obama have referenced National Service on the stump (and off), McCain will be looking to push that issue during the general election, as he did in a recent speech in Columbus.  

And McCain’s campaign aides and supporters believe he’ll appeal to young voters in another area: national service. “John McCain has constantly spoken to the need for young Americans to serve a cause greater than their self-interest,” Pounder wrote in an e-mail. “This is a call that John McCain will continue to make and engage young voters on.” 

The second, Hopefuls’ education plans show divides, discusses National Service in the context higher education affordability.  Thus far, this is another area that Clinton and Obama have discussed at greater length than Senator McCain.  

Obama touts his requirement that those who receive a tuition tax credit perform 100 hours of community service. “Something that Sen. Obama feels strongly about is community service built into the tax credit,” said Higginbottom. “He always gets the biggest response from audiences for not just giving money away but asking people to serve.” 

Clinton does not require community service but, like Obama, proposes to expand opportunities for receiving college aid in exchange for participating in a national service program such as AmeriCorps. 

 

 

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ACTION: Dodd to introduce AmeriCorps Act of 2008 this Friday

BREAKING… BREAKING… BREAKING…

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This Friday, May 16th, U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) will introduce the AmeriCorps Act of 2008.

The AmeriCorps Act of 2008 will:

  • Raise the education Eli Segal Education Award from $4,725 to $6,185 and raise the award each subsequent year to represent the average cost of tuition and required fees at a 4-year public university;
  • Make the education award tax exempt;
  • Restore the Corporation’s previous authority to partner with other Federal agencies to use national service as a strategy to carry out Departments’ priorities; and,
  • Promote the Corporation for National and Community Service to Cabinet level status.

Since inception in 1994, AmeriCorps has encouraged over 540,000 citizens to volunteer, serve, and address the unmet needs of our nation. These citizens have given over 700,000,000 hours toward improving the lives of other Americans.

Your phone call to Washington is critical to ensuring this legislation passes, so please call your Senators today to urge them to become original co sponsors.  The deadline is tomorrow, Thursday at 4:00pm EST.

It will only take 2 minutes to call.  Here is what you need to do:

  1. Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Senators.
  2. Ask your Senators to be original co-sponsors of the AmeriCorps Act of 2008.
  3. To co-sponsor, interested offices should contact Mary Ellen McGuire with Senator Dodd’s office by email: MaryEllen_McGuire@help.senate.gov. Deadline for co-sponsors is tomorrow, Thursday at 4:00pm.
  4. Build power in numbers – ask two other people in your state to call your Senators, as well.  Three voices are louder than just one!

Thanks for taking action and helping to grow AmeriCorps!

Please forward THIS LINK to a friend and check back for details on how you can help to further support the AmeriCorps Act of 2008 and make National Service a national priority!

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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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