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Fulcrum: Returning to our common values through national service

Vice President Harris has been widely criticized for her assessment that “our democracy” presented one of the biggest threats to national security. Perhaps the vice president was more correct than the critics are giving her credit for, but the threat she identified (state laws with the proffered goal of ballot integrity) does nothing to address another insidious harm to democracy demonstrated over the last 20 years.

This past Sept. 11 marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that resulted in almost 3,000 deaths and injuries to several thousand more. Our response to those attacks ushered in the longest uninterrupted period of combat operations in the nation’s history. Yet, although the 9/11 attacks affronted all Americans, only a small percentage of them have sought military service since that tragic day. But beyond the aggressive exercise of presidential war powers across at least four administrations and decades of congressional acquiescence, the people of the United States must also bear some responsibility for their inaction.

Fulcrum: Returning to our common values through national service
Fulcrum: Returning to our common values through national service

Service Year Alliance Statement on Michael Smith’s Confirmation as CEO of AmeriCorps

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Service Year Alliance Statement on Michael Smith’s Confirmation as CEO of AmeriCorps

WASHINGTON, DC (December 8, 2021) – Service Year Alliance released the following statement today congratulating Michael Smith on his confirmation to lead the AmeriCorps agency, formerly known as the Corporation for National and Community Service:

“Service Year Alliance applauds the Senate for confirming Michael Smith as CEO of the AmeriCorps agency earlier today. After a monumental year for national service, with investments in AmeriCorps through the American Rescue Plan, the creation of a new Public Health AmeriCorps, and the possibility for major expansion with the Civilian Climate Corps, Michael Smith is set to lead the agency through a new phase of growth,” said Kristen Bennett, Chief Strategy Officer of Service Year Alliance. “Michael’s long experience working with the nonprofit sector in pursuit of equity-driven reforms make him the right leader for this pivotal moment. He has the opportunity to lead the way in reimagining national service, so that every young person in America has the ability to serve and through that service is set on a pathway towards employment and further education. We look forward to his leadership, and are eager to work in partnership with him and the agency to bring young people together in common purpose as we recover from the pandemic and begin a new era for national service in America.”

Service Year Alliance Statement on Michael Smith’s Confirmation as CEO of AmeriCorps
Service Year Alliance Statement on Michael Smith’s Confirmation as CEO of AmeriCorps

National Service Leaders Praise House Passage of Historic Build Back Better Act, Including Civilian Climate Corps

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National Service Leaders Praise House Passage of Historic Build Back Better Act, Including Civilian Climate Corps 

Service Year Alliance, the States for Service coalition, The Corps Network, and Voices for National Service thank House leadership for the once-in-a-generation investment in national service and urge passage of the Build Back Better Act, transformative legislation for our climate and working families

WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2021) – Today, on the heels of the House passage of the historic Build Back Better Act, leaders of four national service organizations — Service Year Alliance, the States for Service coalition, The Corps Network, and Voices for National Service — released statements praising the bill and its inclusion of a 300,000 member Civilian Climate Corps (CCC). The organizations called for the swift passage of the Build Back Better Act in the Senate. 

As proposed by the White House in last week’s framework, the Build Back Better Act includes robust funding for a Civilian Climate Corps that will engage 300,000 Americans in the fight against climate change over the next decade. From conserving our public lands to bolstering community resilience and addressing the changing climate, the CCC includes a flagship AmeriCorps program with increased benefits that reimagines national service in America and will put young Americans on a pathway to good-paying climate jobs... 

 

National Service Leaders Praise House Passage of Historic Build Back Better Act, Including Civilian Climate Corps
National Service Leaders Praise House Passage of Historic Build Back Better Act, Including Civilian Climate Corps

Service Year Alliance Statement on Leadership Transitions within the Organization

Service Year Alliance Released the following Statement on Leadership Transitions within the Organization:

"After much thought and consideration, I have decided that it is in the best interest of my family and of the organization for me to move on from Service Year Alliance,” said Jesse Colvin, “I am so proud to have led this organization for the past two years through a tumultuous time for our country and a moment of real opportunity for national service. The organization is in a very strong place to deliver at this critically important inflection point. I have full faith and confidence in our capable and passionate team, and I look forward to watching them continue the work to make national service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans...” 

Service Year Alliance Statement on Leadership Transitions within the Organization
Service Year Alliance Statement on Leadership Transitions within the Organization

Service Year Alliance Announces National Service Community Challenge Grant Recipients

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Service Year Alliance Announces National Service Community Challenge Grant Recipients

Service Year Alliance, with support from the Mott Foundation, is awarding four $25,000 grants to communities using national service to address local needs. 

WASHINGTON, DC (November 8, 2021) – Service Year Alliance announced today the recipients of $100,000 in National Service Community Challenge Grants. The four $25,000 awards, made possible through a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, are designed to help new and existing community collaboratives attract sustainable local funding as they use national service as a strategy to address local needs. Each recipient has until April 2022 to secure a 1:1 financial match...

Service Year Alliance Announces National Service Community Challenge Grant Recipients
Service Year Alliance Announces National Service Community Challenge Grant Recipients

National Service Leaders Applaud White House Inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in Build Back Better Act Framework

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Leaders in the National Service Field Applaud White House Inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in Build Back Better Act Framework

Service Year Alliance, States for Service, The Corps Network, and Voices for National Service join forces in celebrating the inclusion of a 300,000 member CCC in the reconciliation package & encourage final passage of the bill

WASHINGTON, DC (October 29, 2021) – Leaders across the national service field released statements today applauding the White House’s inclusion of a 300,000 member Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) in their framework for the Build Back Better Act. The announcement of the White House’s framework was followed by the release of legislative text from Congress that matches the White House’s vision for a bold CCC that meets the scale of the climate crisis... 

National Service Leaders Applaud White House Inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in Build Back Better Act Framework
National Service Leaders Applaud White House Inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in Build Back Better Act Framework

Bad Credit: Service Year Alliance Connects Young People With Debt-Free Gap Year Opportunities to Build Skills

Gap years are common in many nations around the world. After finishing public education, it’s a chance for young people to travel, see new parts of the world, experience new cultures, and gain work experience before committing to their future career paths, whether that involves college or entering directly into the workforce.

For many young people, gap years can take the form of service years: signing on with an organization that does charitable work for communities in need. While the pay for this work is nothing to write home about, it’s an opportunity to help others, gain hands-on experience in practical work, and bolster their resumé with potential employers and educational institutions.

Service Year Alliance connects young people with organizations that offer these opportunities. Service Year Alliance does not host service year programs, and people do not serve with them directly. Instead, Service Year Alliance supports service organizations with resources and tools to help them improve and scale their programs. And it advocates for additional funding for service organizations at the federal and local levels.

Read the full piece via Bad Credit here.

Bad Credit: Service Year Alliance Connects Young People With Debt-Free Gap Year Opportunities to Build Skills
Bad Credit: Service Year Alliance Connects Young People With Debt-Free Gap Year Opportunities to Build Skills

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

America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Hearing: Examining the Potential for a Civilian Climate Corps

America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for  the Record 

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Hearing: Examining the Potential for a Civilian Climate Corps 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

 

Chairman Neguse, Ranking Member Fulcher, Members of the Committee,  

Thank you for holding this hearing and for the opportunity to submit this testimony for the  record.  

In the American Jobs Plan, President Biden proposed a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) in the  spirit of the original Civilian Conservation Corps to: “Mobilize the next generation of  conservation and resilience workers. This $10 billion investment will put a new, diverse  generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolstering  community resilience, and advancing environmental justice through a new Civilian Climate  Corps, all while placing good-paying union jobs within reach for more Americans.”

America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Hearing: Examining the Potential for a Civilian Climate Corps
America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Hearing: Examining the Potential for a Civilian Climate Corps

America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record Bicameral public Senate Climate Change Task Force discussion on Civilian Climate Corps proposals

America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record

Bicameral public Senate Climate Change Task Force discussion on Civilian Climate Corps proposals

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Members of the Task Force, 

Thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony for the record. 

In the American Jobs Plan, President Biden proposed a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) in the spirit of the original Civilian Conservation Corps to: “Mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers. This $10 billion investment will put a new, diverse generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, and advancing environmental justice through a new Civilian Climate Corps, all while placing good-paying union jobs within reach for more Americans.”

America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record Bicameral public Senate Climate Change Task Force discussion on Civilian Climate Corps proposals
America’s Service Commissions and Service Year Alliance Statement for the Record Bicameral public Senate Climate Change Task Force discussion on Civilian Climate Corps proposals
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