Reaching Our Goals: Research in Support of the Strategic Initiatives Fact Sheet

Reaching Our Goals: Research in Support of the Strategic Initiatives - Fact Sheet

The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through three programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. These programs work closely with nonprofit and other organizations to broaden and deepen the ability of America’s volunteers to contribute to our communities and our nation.

Our mission: Improve lives, strength communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering

In 2006, a strategic plan was set in place for five years through 2010. The plan identified four priorities that the Corporation will focus on over that time period:

  • Mobilizing More Volunteers
    Volunteers are necessary for overcoming some of our nation’s most pressing challenges. The Corporation aims to increase the number and percentage of Americans who volunteer and makes service opportunities available to Americans in order to help make this possible.
  • Ensuring a Brighter Future for All of America’s Youth
    Youth need caring adults in their families, schools, and communities in order to succeed. The Corporation will continue to support children in need by providing opportunities for more youth to benefit from recieving mentoring and other services and for more youth to serve.
  • Engaging Students in Communities
    Research shows that volunteering and service support and enhance the learning experience. The Corporation is dedicated to expanding service-learning in higher education institutions and K-12 schools across the country.
  • Harnessing Baby Boomers’ Experience
    The Baby Boomer generation is a highly talented, highly motivated group that could drive solutions to some of our nation’s most intractable social problems. Capturing their experience and energy by engaging them in service is a high priority for the Corporation.

Each strategic goal requires all of our programs to work together toward critical common objectives. They also guide the Corporation’s interactions with State Commissions, State Education Agencies, national nonprofits, volunteer connector organizations, local communities, and other partners. These focus areas are not only consistent with current social trends, but they are also areas in which the Corporation is well equipped to meet needs and have significant impact.

 

March 2009
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