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Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps Issues Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

The Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps released the following statement regarding the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022:

The Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) is optimistic about Congress’ commitment to tackling the climate crisis with a much-needed down payment to reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and create jobs in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. 

Unfortunately, the 300,000 member Civilian Climate Corps, a cornerstone of the Presidential and Congressional climate agenda, was not included in the bill. We are encouraged by this down payment that will help our country reach our climate goals, including resources that prioritize environmental justice, an energy efficiency training program, and investing in clean energy technology, public lands, forests, and other conservation and mitigation projects. These Inflation Reduction Act investments need national service, AmeriCorps, and workforce training providers to serve as an accelerator and catalyst for lasting change.

The PCCC statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps Issues Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Service Year Alliance statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Service Year Alliance released statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022:

Service Year Alliance is disheartened by Congress’ failure to include the proposed 300,000 member Civilian Climate Corps in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. 

We are encouraged by Congress’ investments in meeting our country’s ambitious climate goals by reducing emissions, investing in environmental justice, and supporting the growing clean energy sector, and we encourage Congress to quickly pass this bill to accelerate our efforts to combat climate change. But if these investments are to be successful and meet the long-term needs of the climate crisis, we must also give future generations an opportunity to take action and intentionally invest in workforce and talent pipelines to fill these new jobs in the clean energy industry.  

Service Year Alliance statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
Service Year Alliance statement in response to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda

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Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda with Recommendations for Improving the Accessibility of National Service

WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2022) – Service Year Alliance released an equity agenda today detailing recommendations for improving the accessibility of national service, including programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. The report, Equity Agenda: Recommendations for Improving the Accessibility of National Service, outlines suggestions to make national service more equitable and accessible for potential corps members from diverse and underserved communities, as well as to increase the accessibility of AmeriCorps grantmaking for nonprofits from those communities.

Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda
Service Year Alliance Releases New Equity Agenda

Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership

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Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership

Bennett, an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and formerly Service Year Alliance’s interim co-CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, brings nearly 15 years of national service experience to the organization and commits to a new era focused on equity and post-service success

WASHINGTON, DC (June 29, 2022) – Service Year Alliance announced today that Kristen Bennett has been named CEO. A leader at Service Year Alliance since its founding — most recently as Chief Strategy Officer and interim co-CEO — Kristen brings nearly 15 years of national service experience and an in-depth understanding of the sector to the role as national service launches into a new era. The hiring of Bennett as CEO accompanies the launch of Service Year Alliance’s new strategic plan focused on reimagining the national service field and modernizing and improving the corps member experience, so those who serve are successful during and after their service year. 

Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership
Service Year Alliance Announces Kristen Bennett as CEO, Launches New Strategic Plan and Vision for National Service Under New Leadership

Kristen Bennett named CEO of Service Year Alliance

As Chief Executive Officer, Kristen is responsible for formulating and ensuring the execution of Service Year Alliance’s strategy to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity. A leader at Service Year Alliance since its founding — most recently as Chief Strategy Officer and interim co-CEO — Kristen brings nearly 15 years of national service experience and an in-depth understanding of the sector to the role as national service launches into a new era.

Her vision for a new era of national service prioritizes the experience and outcomes of those who serve and focuses on how to make national service more equitable and accessible for youth of all backgrounds.

Kristen Bennett named CEO of Service Year Alliance
Kristen Bennett named CEO of Service Year Alliance

America’s Service Commissions & Service Year Alliance Joint Recommendations Regarding National Service for WIOA

Earlier this spring, Service Year Alliance and America's Service Commissions worked together to issue a set of joint recommendations to the House Education and Labor Committee in their reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA,  which provides guidance and funding for a number of service year programs through the U.S. Department of Labor. We are grateful to the Committee for their ongoing support of national service and their recognition of the need to better knit together service and workforce development programming and resources.

America’s Service Commissions & Service Year Alliance Joint Recommendations Regarding National Service for WIOA
America’s Service Commissions & Service Year Alliance Joint Recommendations Regarding National Service for WIOA

New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service & the CCC

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New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service and the Civilian Climate Corps

The poll release kicks off a new, multi-year project funded, in part, by the Cisco Foundation to explore how to best utilize national service as a human capital solution to climate change

WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2022) – Service Year Alliance released a new poll today showing that nearly all young people are concerned about climate change, but two-thirds of youth are unsure what they can do to personally make a difference. The poll, which was conducted by Data for Progress, kicked off a new, multi-year project funded in part by the Cisco Foundation that is exploring national service as a human capital solution to climate change. The results highlight the opportunity to engage youth in a year of paid, climate-focused national service and mobilize them to be part of the solution to the climate crisis. 

The poll also found that 72% of young people support the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) as proposed by Congress and the White House, and 38% of young people say they would “strongly” or “maybe” consider joining the CCC.

New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service & CCC
New Poll from Service Year Alliance Shows Massive Youth Support for Climate-Related National Service & the CCC

Service Year Alliance Celebrates the Successful Community Challenge Grant Match of our Four Awardees

With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Service Year Alliance awarded four $25,000 grants in November 2021 to communities using national service to address local needs. The goal of these grants was to help new and existing community collaboratives develop sustainable local funding as they use national service as a strategy to address local needs. The communities had until April 1, 2022, to attract this 1:1 match. 

Six months later, we are excited to announce that all awardees have successfully secured their match. We are truly inspired by the communities that took on this challenge and leveraged the opportunity to approach new funders, strengthen past relationships, and bring new resources to support service year programs in their communities. 

The match funding, in total, more than doubles the initial challenge grant from the Mott Foundation and brings six additional funders to the table who are investing in the power of place-based national service to strengthen communities. Because of this infusion of financial support, communities have the resources to fully execute their projects and provide better support to corps members and communities across the nation.

Service Year Alliance Celebrates the Successful Community Challenge Grant Match of our Four Awardees
Service Year Alliance Celebrates the Successful Community Challenge Grant Match of our Four Awardees

Service Year Alliance Applauds President Biden’s Decision to Nominate Carol Spahn as Director of the Peace Corps

Service Year Alliance released a statement today praising President Biden’s decision to nominate Carol Spahn to serve as the Director of the Peace Corps:

“Service Year Alliance applauds President Biden’s decision to nominate Carol Spahn to lead the Peace Corps, following her 14 month tenure as Acting Director where she successfully steered the agency through challenging waters during the pandemic and managed the recent return of volunteers to the field,” said Kristen Bennett, Chief Strategy Officer of Service Year Alliance. “Spahn has extensive experience in international development and a solid track record of leadership within the Peace Corps, stemming from her own service in Romania. She is a shining example of how service years can inspire and motivate a lifetime of public service, having risen through the ranks at the agency, serving both as Country Director in Malawi as well as Chief of Operations for the Africa region, prior to being named Acting Director. We are confident in her ability to manage the successful return of Peace Corps volunteers to countries across the globe in the coming months, and we applaud her continued emphasis on the intercultural bridge building role that Peace Corps volunteers play overseas. We would urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to take her nomination up without delay.”

Service Year Alliance Applauds President Biden’s Decision to Nominate Carol Spahn as Director of the Peace Corps
Service Year Alliance Applauds President Biden’s Decision to Nominate Carol Spahn as Director of the Peace Corps

Service Year Alliance’s Statement on President Biden’s FY23 Budget Proposal

“Over the past two years, AmeriCorps members have stepped up to the plate, supporting public health outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting catastrophic wildfires and standing up recovery efforts to natural disasters, and helping students get back on track as schools reopened. Service Year Alliance is grateful to the Biden Harris Administration for their recognition of the value of national service in the President’s FY23 budget, which proposes investing $1.34 billion in AmeriCorps — a 16% increase above last year’s funding level. The President’s budget also opens the door to making national service more equitable by committing to increasing corps member benefits as well as allowing DACA recipients to participate in AmeriCorps. 

Service Year Alliance’s Statement on President Biden’s FY23 Budget Proposal
Service Year Alliance’s Statement on President Biden’s FY23 Budget Proposal
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