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Over 120 Organizations Call on Congress to Pass $30B Civilian Climate Corps

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Over 120 Labor, Conservation, Youth, National Service, and Racial, Economic, and Climate Justice Organizations Call on Congress to Pass $30B Civilian Climate Corps

The diverse coalition calls for a bold investment in the CCC in the currently moving reconciliation bill

WASHINGTON, DC (September 2, 2021) – Today, over 120 organizations released a letter calling on Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi to include at least $30B for a bold, ambitious Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) in the final reconciliation package. Congress has the opportunity to mobilize a generation of young people to serve their communities and tackle the climate crisis while developing the skills they need to succeed in a 21st century economy through the CCC. The letter brings together conservation, labor, youth, and national service organizations as well as racial, economic, and climate justice movements in support of the CCC. 

Over 120 Organizations Call on Congress to Pass $30B Civilian Climate Corps
Over 120 Organizations Call on Congress to Pass $30B Civilian Climate Corps

Toxic polarization threatens our democracy. Here's how national service can save us.

Trust is the backbone of American democracy. But trust in the media, the federal government and our neighbors is hard to come by, and our democracy continues to face growing threats from misinformation and polarization.

A new report from More in Common found that less than 30% of Americans in the past 15 years have confidence in the federal government to do what is right for the country — down from 80% of Americans in the 1960s. Trust in the media and our neighbors fared no better.

Read the full piece in USA Today.

Toxic polarization threatens our democracy. Here's how national service can save us.
Toxic polarization threatens our democracy. Here's how national service can save us.

Enlist young Americans in the fight to stop climate change

There is an entire generation that will do whatever it takes to stop the climate crisis and improve our communities. We understand that the task that lies before us is historic: There are millions of buildings that need to be retrofitted, homes to be rewired, miles of shoreline to be prepared for rising waters, and forests and parks to be conserved.

We are ready to take on the responsibility. It’s time for the federal government to put us to work solving the climate crisis and rebuilding our economy.

Read the full piece in the New York Daily News.

Enlist young Americans in the fight to stop climate change
Enlist young Americans in the fight to stop climate change

Serve America Together campaign launches “United through National Service”

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Serve America Together campaign launches “United through National Service” to bring together unexpected voices in support of national service in lead up to 20th anniversary of September 11th

The initiative aims to show the full spectrum of support for national service and its potential to unite the country, bridge divides, and restore the soul of the nation.

 

WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2021) – Today, the Serve America Together campaign formally launched United through National Service — a major initiative aimed at bringing unexpected voices together in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of September 11th to show the full spectrum of support for national service and its potential to restore the soul of the nation. 

Serve America Together is a campaign to make national service part of growing up in America. Campaign co-chairs Stan McChrystal and Laura Lauder formally launched United for National Service in an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy today stating:

Serve America Together campaign launches “United through National Service”
Serve America Together campaign launches “United through National Service”

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: National Service Is One of the Few Things That Could Unite America

National service is having a civic moment. People across the political spectrum are calling for expanded national service as a means to unify a polarized nation and tackle problems such as climate change. A $1 billion federal investment in AmeriCorps was included in the stimulus measure passed this year. And philanthropic organizations have invested in innovative national-service approaches to address need during the pandemic and in its aftermath.

This level of support was hard to imagine nine years ago when Stan spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival to a group of 3,000 business and philanthropic leaders, including Laura, about the lack of shared experience and connection between Americans. Noting that such connection came through military service in previous generations, Stan, who commanded international forces in Afghanistan, called for universal national service following high school or college to create that common experience among all Americans.

Read the full piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: National Service Is One of the Few Things That Could Unite America
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: National Service Is One of the Few Things That Could Unite America

Can National Service Heal America?

The United States, long grounded in the idea of individual liberty, also boasts a deep, cross-partisan history of national service. Building on a belief he first shared at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, retired General Stanley McChrystal recently called on the president to invest in national service for one million young Americans annually “to ensure the strength and security of our nation.” At a time of mounting political division and innumerable shared challenges, this conversation explores what it would take to implement a national service program of this scale, and what it could mean for the future of American society.

Watch the full recording on the Aspen Ideas website here.

Can National Service Heal America?
Can National Service Heal America?

Serve America Together Coalition Sends Letter to Cabinet Secretaries Urging Use of Expanded National Service in American Jobs Plan

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Serve America Together Coalition Sends Letter to Cabinet Secretaries Urging Use of Expanded National Service in American Jobs Plan

Twenty organizations — from civilian and military service organizations to faith-based groups — signed onto the letter to five cabinet secretaries 

WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2021) Today, twenty members of the Serve America Together coalition wrote a letter to the Secretaries of Commerce, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, and Transportation to encourage them to use national service as a tool in addressing their American Jobs Plan priorities. 

Serve America Together Coalition Sends Letter to Cabinet Secretaries Urging Use of Expanded National Service in American Jobs Plan
Serve America Together Coalition Sends Letter to Cabinet Secretaries Urging Use of Expanded National Service in American Jobs Plan

Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the House Armed Services Committee Hearing

Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the House Armed Services Committee Hearing on: 

Recommendations and Report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

Thursday, May 19, 2021

Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Rogers and members of the Armed Services Committee,

Service Year Alliance is pleased to submit this testimony for the record for the hearing on the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.

Service Year Alliance is an organization working to make a year of paid, full-time national service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. We do that through our Serve America Together campaign, which brings together a coalition of military and civilian service organizations, among others, to advocate to make civilian national service part of growing up in America. We also support service year programs and help stand up new innovative models, and maintain the only online portal — ServiceYear.org — that connects young people to all different types of available service year opportunities, including AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, YouthBuild and non-federally funded programs. 

Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the House Armed Services Committee Hearing
Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the House Armed Services Committee Hearing

The New York Times: Should Young Americans Be Required to Give a Year of Service?

American presidents have long vied to echo John Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you.”

The spirit of service, declared Ronald Reagan, “flows like a deep and mighty river through the history of our nation.” Bill Clinton created AmeriCorps. George H.W. Bush likened volunteer organizations to “a thousand points of light.” George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps. Barack Obama called on Americans to “ground our politics in the notion of a common good.”

Their arguments are all the more compelling today, in a bitterly divided America struggling with a pandemic...

...Mr. Biden has an opportunity to make some version of this a reality. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former commander of international forces in Afghanistan and head of the “Serve America. Together” campaign, recently called on the president to invest in universal national service for one million young Americans annually as “the most important strategy we can implement to ensure the strength and security of our nation.”

Read the full New York Times editorial board endorsement of national service.

New York Times: Should Young Americans Be Required to Give a Year of Service?
The New York Times: Should Young Americans Be Required to Give a Year of Service?

Service Year Alliance Releases New Report

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Service Year Alliance Releases New Report that Reimagines National Service and Calls on President Biden to be the “Service President”

The new report, “Reimagining National Service: A Roadmap to a Service Presidency” outlines six recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration to utilize national service to meet our nation’s top priorities 

WASHINGTON, DC (April 26, 2021) – Service Year Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that is working to make national service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans, released a new report on national service entitled: “Reimagining National Service: A Roadmap to a Service Presidency.” The report provides a recommended roadmap for how the Biden Administration can reimagine national service to meet the nation’s top priorities and make national service a cornerstone issue of his presidency.

“This new report aims to reimagine what it means to serve our country and serves as a roadmap to make national service a central part of the Biden Administration. As a lifelong public servant and advocate for service in all its forms, President Biden has an opportunity to become the Service President and make a bold investment in national service as a solution to today’s convergent crises,” said Jesse Colvin, CEO of Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance Releases New Report
Service Year Alliance Releases New Report

New Report Details Power of National Service and Public-Private Partnership to Respond to Community Needs Resulting from COVID-19 Crisis

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New Report Details Power of National Service and Public-Private Partnership to Respond to Community Needs
Resulting from COVID-19 Crisis

Schultz Family Foundation, Service Year Alliance and Serve Washington release report on innovative program that combines federal and state government resources with philanthropic support to respond quickly to the pandemic, offers recommendations to scale public-private service model to additional states as officials deploy $1 billion in new funding for national service

Partnership announces Request for Proposals to extend program for a second year of service focused on widespread effects of COVID-19 on the most impacted communities

SEATTLE, WA (March 29, 2021) – The Schultz Family Foundation, Service Year Alliance and Serve Washington, released a report today detailing learnings from the first six months of the Washington COVID Response Corps, a first-of-its-kind youth service program created to quickly respond to record levels of community need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. The report, which follows $1 billion in investment from the federal government for AmeriCorps in the new stimulus package, describes the program, details preliminary findings from the initial implementation period and offers recommendations with the hope of expanding the innovative public-private model to additional states.

New Report Details Power of National Service and Public-Private Partnership to Respond to Community Needs Resulting from COVID-19 Crisis
New Report Details Power of National Service and Public-Private Partnership to Respond to Community Needs Resulting from COVID-19 Crisis

TIME: Joe Biden Should Make National Service the Cornerstone of His Legacy. Here's How He Can Achieve That

Joe Biden Should Make National Service the Cornerstone of His Legacy. Here's How He Can Achieve That
TIME: Joe Biden Should Make National Service the Cornerstone of His Legacy. Here's How He Can Achieve That

Blavity: As The Former Governor Of Massachusetts, I Believe Universal National Service Would Help Us Heal

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that people need other people. Membership in community helps us see our stake in our neighbors’ dreams and struggles, as well as our own. It deepens our understanding of others. We could use that in America right now. And that healing can begin with a robust investment in national service.

The American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden this month, includes $1 billion for national service, the largest amount in decades. This funding will help provide living wages to young Americans and create additional positions that are accessible to Americans regardless of their financial means. Now we need to find the best ways to put that money to work in communities. And no one knows how to do that better than local leaders who are on the ground. That’s why everyone from the leaders in the statehouse to those in the schoolhouse should be at the forefront of deciding where to direct national service resources.

 

Blavity: As The Former Governor Of Massachusetts, I Believe Universal National Service Would Help Us Heal
Blavity: As The Former Governor Of Massachusetts, I Believe Universal National Service Would Help Us Heal

National Service Opportunities to be Expanded with Passage of American Rescue Plan COVID-19 Relief Bill

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National Service Opportunities to be Expanded with Passage of American Rescue Plan COVID-19 Relief Bill  

Serve America Together Celebrates Major Step Forward in Effort to Make National Service More Accessible


WASHINGTON, DC (March 10, 2021) Serve America Together, a campaign working to make national service part of growing up in America, released the following statements today applauding congressional leaders on the passage of the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief bill. The legislation, which now awaits the signature of President Joe Biden, prioritizes $1 billion to help communities across the country recover from the pandemic through the expansion of national service opportunities. This additional funding allows for an increase in the national service living allowance, making the opportunity to serve more accessible to all Americans, and represents the largest investment in national service in decades.

National Service Opportunities to be Expanded with Passage of American Rescue Plan COVID-19 Relief Bill
National Service Opportunities to be Expanded with Passage of American Rescue Plan COVID-19 Relief Bill

Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing

Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on: 

Final Recommendations and Report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Chairman Reed, Ranking Member Inhofe and members of the Armed Services Committee,

Service Year Alliance is pleased to submit this testimony for the record for the hearing on the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.

Service Year Alliance is an organization working to make a year of paid, full-time national service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. We do that through our Serve America Together campaign, which brings together a coalition of military and civilian service organizations, among others, to advocate to make civilian national service part of growing up in America. We also support service year programs and help stand up new innovative models, and maintain the only online portal — ServiceYear.org — that connects young people to all different types of available service year opportunities, including AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, YouthBuild and non-federally funded programs. 

Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing
Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record for the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing

New Poll: As President Biden Calls for National Unity, Majority of Americans Support National Service to Bridge Divides

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New Poll: As President Biden Calls for National Unity, Majority of Americans Support National Service to Bridge Divides 

Nearly 7 out of 10 Americans Believe President Biden Should Prioritize Programs that Work Towards Healing the Nation

WASHINGTON, DC – New polling data released today by the Serve America Together campaign show that the majority of Americans support President Joe Biden’s focus on healing the nation and believe an expansion of civilian national service opportunities for young Americans can help accomplish that goal. President Biden’s inaugural speech focused largely on the idea that for the nation to heal and move forward national unity must be prioritized, arguing that we never fail when we act together. More than three-quarters of respondents to the poll said they support Congress passing legislation that would expand national service opportunities, such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. 

New Poll: As President Biden Calls for National Unity, Majority of Americans Support National Service to Bridge Divides
New Poll: As President Biden Calls for National Unity, Majority of Americans Support National Service to Bridge Divides
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