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By Scott Ganske, YSA’s Senior Director of Education


“Martin Luther King was interested in big results, not the short-term. So the idea of King Day being the signal for a long-term commitment by millions of students over a semester would have warmed his heart. Martin always asked us to do more than we were doing because the road ahead was still so long. The Mountain to climb was still so tall. The Semester of Service is just that opportunity to do more.” Senator Harris Wofford, Colleague and Lawyer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

YSA created the Semester of Service campaign in 2008 to leverage two great Days of Service – MLK Day in January and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) in April.  New research showed that 70 hours is an ideal time-period for a service-learning program, providing sufficient time to maximize benefits to both students and the community. By using these highly visible events as book-ends, YSA created a framework for students to learn about the root causes of a social issue and take action in substantive ways while reinforcing academic learning.

Eight years later, YSA is thrilled that our network of amazing schools will use MLK Day to launch their Semester of Service, with the ultimate goal of creating a culture of service in schools. By equipping principals and superintendents to train their staff, YSA is developing a model to support system-wide implementation.   

Nov 30, 2015

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#GivingTuesday is an opportunity to start a new holiday tradition

Next week after many Americans have finished their shopping at the mall, supporting small businesses, or clicking for bargains online, they will set their sights on #GivingTuesday.  It is a great opportunity for more Americans to make helping others a new part of their holiday traditions.

On #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations will highlight charitable giving and philanthropy, but the spirit of the day reaches even further – right down to the street where you live.

Think of the people you know who make time to help their neighbors, volunteer at their child’s school, or lend their professional expertise to a community organization.  Consider the charities you support or the donations you give to favorite causes.  Giving is something Americans don’t need prompting to do.

Our federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, documents this spirit through the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. (Stay tuned for new findings from our latest report in a few weeks.)

From year to year, some trends are constant. For instance, volunteering is an important activity for millions of Americans, with 1-in-4 serving through an organization. Plus, more than 62 percent of Americans participate in informal acts of volunteering, helping neighbors with tasks such as watching each other’s children or assisting elders with shopping.

Nov 27, 2015

By: Ryan Stone, Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member


Today is National Rural Health Day – a day to focus on the power of rural communities to innovate and provide the care needed to the millions of people who call rural America home. Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member Ryan Stone helps individuals in rural Wisconsin access affordable healthcare.

Healthcare extends beyond the walls of clinics and hospitals.  As a Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member for Marinette County Public Health, I’ve seen the social determinants that place the county’s people on paths to illness. 

These challenges are magnified in rural counties like Marinette, where communities are widely dispersed without centralized transportation services and where medical underservice is a harsh reality.

Viewing public health from a social-ecological perspective has taught me that community health is not merely a matter of providing quality healthcare. The triumphs of science and successes of medicine become helpless when communities are entrenched with social disparities and constraints.  

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped Marinette galvanize local resources and construct channels for community members to get the care they need. As a Wisconsin HealthCorps AmeriCorps member, I have become a Certified Application Counselor so that I can help people understand their healthcare options, find affordable coverage, and assist with enrollment.

Nov 19, 2015

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