“We will set the United States on a path to achieving universal voluntary national service by 2030. Every adult in America should have the opportunity to serve our country beginning when they are 17 or 18 years old and the programs should be compelling enough that service will become an expectation of most young Americans. These programs would bring Americans from across the country together in new places and new ways to take on our most pressing challenges.”
On January 10, 2020, Governor Deval Patrick announced his Democracy Agenda, which includes his plan to achieve universal national service, and formally accepted the Serve America Together Presidential Challenge. The plan:
- Sets the US on a path for universal national service by 2030, by providing opportunities for every American to serve starting when they are 17 or 18 years old.
- Rewards service with tuition vouchers for two years of tuition for every year of service, up to the price of public, in-state tuition.
- Makes national service a national priority by creating a Department of National Service with a Secretary of National Service.