National Service Blog

  • Posted on Jul 15, 2015

    Seventeen percent of 16- to 24-year-olds in the United States (6.7 million young adults) are “opportunity youth” who are not attending school, not working, and have no credential beyond high school. To help these youth transition successfully to post-secondary education and productive employment, 2010 Social Innovation Fund grantee New Profit implemented the Pathways Fund. Focused on youth ages 12 to 24, the Pathways Fund aims to increase high school graduation and GED attainment, increase college enrollment, increase college credit accumulation rates, and help youth achieve living-wage employment.

    New Profit’s six subgrantees are experienced providers in these areas and have a broad geographic reach, with locations in 22 states and 30 urban areas:

    Getting these established organizations that are thought and performance leaders in their fields to work together represented both an opportunity and a challenge for New Profit.

    “With a portfolio of organizations that are all high performers,” observed Tulaine Montgomery, a Partner in...

  • Posted on Nov 25, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    As she attended classes in the California Bay Area, Naomi Shachter was struck by AmeriCorps’ ability to transform the lives of students in her high school. AmeriCorps members served as mentors, advocates, teachers, and friends. “I saw what a big difference service in the community could make,” she said.
  • Posted on Nov 22, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    Today Americans are remembering the legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Many in the national service family were inspired by his life, and his legacy lives on through AmeriCorps VISTA, one of the anti-poverty programs he envisioned before his untimely death.
  • Posted on Nov 21, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    Julie Yorkshire looked for details about AmeriCorps VISTA on a website. Benjamin Weaver learned about AmeriCorps VISTA while scrolling through his Twitter feed. Now Julie and Benjamin use the same tools that lured them to the AmeriCorps VISTA program to recruit other volunteers. They are two AmeriCorps alums who are applying their volunteer mobilization skills to their current professional endeavors.
  • Posted on Nov 19, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    National service helps communities and organizations get things done, and finding and managing volunteers is part of the job.
  • Posted on Nov 19, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    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
    By Kelly DeGraff

     

    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
    By Dana Forde

     

     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 9, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    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
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    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
    By David Gosling

     

    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.

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