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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

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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

TIME: 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

Service Year Alliance condemns tragic hate attacks and racist violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community

Service Year Alliance wholeheartedly denounces the tragic hate attacks and racist violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Atlanta this week. We stand in solidarity with the families who lost loved ones and everyone who is feeling heartbroken, fearful, and outraged at this moment. As an organization, we are committed to racial justice and equity — in national service, within our own organization, and across America — and this includes condemning white supremacy and anti-Asian hate. We have a responsibility to not only denounce and condemn but to stand up to racist policies and rhetoric while understanding the long history in America of violence against the AAPI community, and specifically Asian women. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and encourage every member of society to act with love for humanity by accepting, respecting, and valuing our differences — our nation will be stronger as a result. We must Stop Asian Hate. 

Service Year Alliance condemns tragic hate attacks and racist violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community
Service Year Alliance condemns tragic hate attacks and racist violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community

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

Service Year Alliance Statement on the House Education and Labor Committee Inclusion of $1B for National Service

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Service Year Alliance Statement on the House Education and Labor Committee Inclusion of $1B for National Service

Funds would be used to expand and strengthen opportunities for national service

WASHINGTON, DC – Service Year Alliance, a national non-profit organization that is working to make national service a common expectation and opportunity for all young people, released the following statement in response to the House Education and Labor Committee including $1B in its portion of the budget reconciliation bill toward the expansion of national service opportunities.

Service Year Alliance Statement on the House Education and Labor Committee Inclusion of $1B for National Service
Service Year Alliance Statement on the House Education and Labor Committee Inclusion of $1B for National Service

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

Midlands Voices: National service is a great way to help older Americans

By JEFF HUBER, December 27, 2020

For the first time in our history, older Americans outnumber the young, and it’s a trend that will only grow over the next 30 years. If you’ve never wondered who’s going to be there to take care of us, now would be a good time to start.

We’re collectively living longer and, while that’s reason to celebrate, it comes with its own set of challenges, including the increased likelihood of illness and chronic disease. Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, is already one of the leading causes of death in America. Globally, more than 50 million people live today with a dementia diagnosis. And, by 2050, that number is expected to more than triple. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the issues older adults face, including social isolation and loneliness. These older Americans need support now. And as today’s younger Americans become tomorrow’s older Americans, they, too, will need help.

Midlands Voices: National service is a great way to help older Americans
Midlands Voices: National service is a great way to help older Americans

Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

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Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

In an open letter to President Trump and Vice President Biden, bipartisan group advocates for national service to be prioritized as solution to countries’ challenges

WASHINGTON, DC (October 29, 2020) – In the final days of the presidential election, a diverse group of more than 120 Americans from across the country today called on President Trump’s and Vice President Biden’s campaigns to prioritize the expansion of national service in the next presidential term as a way to address the polarization of the nation. In a letter released as a part of the Serve America Together campaign, former governors and members of Congress as well as leading philanthropy, thought and faith leaders, impressed upon the importance of national service as a tool to unite Americans and to help renew the nation’s civic spirit. 

Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit
Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit
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