The campaign, organized by Service Year Alliance, calls on Congress and 2020 presidential candidates to make national service part of growing up in America
WASHINGTON, DC (May 30, 2019) – Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, a coalition of civilian and military service organizations plans to launch the Serve America Together campaign. Led by Service Year Alliance and co-chaired by Gen. Stan McChrystal, Arianna Huffington, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Laura Lauder, the campaign aims to make national service part of growing up in America.
The campaign, which is set to launch at the end of June, will build public awareness, engage presidential candidates, empower communities, and work with Congress to pass legislation that will make national service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.
“Presidential elections are a time for bold ideas — a moment when our society reflects on our nation’s priorities,” said (Ret.) General Stan McChrystal, Chairperson of Service Year Alliance. “National service — whether it be military, civilian, or public service — has the power to unite our country in common purpose. We have an opportunity to focus on what Americans are capable of achieving together, not what drives us apart. Serve America Together is embracing this moment. I invite policymakers, local communities, higher education institutions, and business leaders to join our campaign to make this vision a reality.”
Serve America Together is comprised of a groundbreaking coalition of military and civilian service organizations. Coalition members include The Mission Continues, Veterans for American Ideals, States for Service, an initiative of America’s Service Commissions, The Corps Network, YouthBuild, Voices for National Service, National Peace Corps Association, and Catholic Volunteer Network.
For more information about the Serve America Together campaign visit serveamericatogether.org. To speak with Service Year Alliance or any of the campaign co-chairs, please contact Aly Ferguson at [email protected].
About Service Year Alliance
Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. A service year before, during, or after college gives young people the chance to transform their lives, make an impact in their community, and become the active citizens and leaders our nation needs. Expanding service years has the power to revitalize cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty. Learn more at ServiceYear.org.