National Service Blog
Posted on Mar 6, 2014
For too many years we have addressed the equation of “fit body and fit minds” as requiring two separate interventions. For the mind, we’ve looked toward mentoring. For the body, we’ve turned to physical activity and health education. But our AmeriCorps investment proves that a national service member can be the catalyst to fit bodies and fit minds. Our formula has been to train our AmeriCorps members on how to use the power of coaching to build relationships with at-risk youth that inspire their healthy futures.
Up2Us launched Coach Across America through an AmeriCorps grant in 2009. It is a groundbreaking movement that challenges young adults to spend a year of service as coaches in sports-based youth development organizations in the most underserved communities in America.
Our definition of coach goes beyond just the sports aspect. Our coach is a mentor who understands that the life skills taught through sports can propel children to stay in school, exercise regularly, and set positive goals for their future.
As I’ve traveled the nation, I’ve seen the power of AmeriCorps through Coach Across America.
- A swimming coach who challenged a teenage male who was tough...
Posted on Nov 19, 2013
When President Obama announced the Task Force on Expanding National Service in July, he asked federal agencies to work together to create a pipeline for national service participants to apply the skills they learned in the federal sector.
Posted on Nov 12, 2013
As you are undoubtedly aware, the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines has been astonishing. The typhoon has caused widespread damage, including landslides and flooding, and is expected to claim the lives of thousands.
Posted on Nov 11, 2013
After serving for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, TaQuoya Kennedy returned to the homefront and noticed a veteran sifting through a trash can. She then made it her mission to become a volunteer: an idea that had crystallized in her mind months before that sighting.
Posted on Nov 10, 2013
After retiring from a three decade-long career as a heating and cooling technician, Craig Troxel immediately began thinking of ways to serve veterans in his local Pennsylvania community. “I’m not the kind of person who can keep still,” he explained.
Posted on Nov 9, 2013
More than 50 years ago as she dined at a local restaurant, Annette Parker mustered up the courage to approach a man wearing a U.S. Army uniform.
Posted on Nov 8, 2013
In Gen. George Washington’s farewell orders to the Continental Army, he encouraged the soldiers who united in battle to not only maintain their bond as a “patriotic band of Brothers” but to carry forward the virtues they had learned during military service when they returned home. His wisdom still rings true today, as we see example after example of our soldiers continuing to serve their communities after their military commitments end.
Posted on Nov 7, 2013
Tens of thousands of men and women answer the call to join the Armed Forces each year, and quickly find themselves inundated with the unique demands and expectations of their respective military branches.
Posted on Nov 7, 2013
James Randall “Randy” Hindert served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a Sergeant from 1967-1970. Recently, he began serving our nation again, this time in the local community as a tutor for AmeriCorps at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties in Florida.
Posted on Nov 5, 2013
He spent 10 years stationed in Fort Bragg, NC; two years in Italy; and more than one year in Iraq. Now his service continues here, on the homefront, as he helps save lives and rebuild communities.
Posted on Oct 30, 2013
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is committed to providing opportunities that change the lives of those who serve, as well as those being served.