The Biden-Harris Administration has made COVID response and recovery, workforce development, climate change and crumbling infrastructure, racial justice, and healing a divided nation their core priorities. While each of these challenges requires nuanced policy solutions, there is one tool flexible enough to begin to address each of them head on: national service.
Communities across the nation already utilize national service to meet their pressing needs, offer people a pathway to employment, and forge a common American identity by bringing people from different backgrounds together in shared purpose to solve problems. With additional investment and strategic expansion, it can rise to meet this unprecedented occasion, much like the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) did during the Great Depression under President Roosevelt.
Service Year Alliance published a white paper offering a roadmap for how President Biden can reimagine national service to meet his Administration’s priorities. It highlights opportunities for expanding national service, outlines the gaps, and offers solutions to improve and expand upon the existing national service infrastructure. It offers six steps that would allow President Biden to make national service a foundational part of his Administration building off the principles and ideals that have shaped his career.