AmeriCorps

National Service Agency Announces New Commitment to STEM Education Initiative

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Monday, September 22, 2014 (All day)
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced an effort to expand STEM AmeriCorps, an initiative first announced by President Obama at the White House Science Fair. The federal agency is inviting partners to expand the initiative to 15 communities across the country.

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"I'm proud to announce... a new AmeriCorps program that’s going to connect more professional scientists and engineers to young students who might follow in their footsteps."

– President Barack Obama, White House Science Fair, April 22, 2013

Champions of Change Channel Chavez's Life of Service

The idea of combining service and leadership is one that defined the life of Cesar Chavez. He dedicated his life to bringing attention to the poverty of migrant farmworkers and other segments of the population that were marginalized or overlooked. Chavez also showed us that, no matter how humble our beginnings, we can all accomplish great things.

Serving Up Healthy Food and a Healthier Next Generation

As Secretary of Agriculture, I take USDA’s nickname of the “People’s Department”—first coined by President Abraham Lincoln—to heart. Over the past five years, we have worked hard to build upon our tradition of service to the American people, supporting both the farmers and ranchers who grow our food and giving American families confidence that the food they buy at the grocery store is safe, healthy and affordable.

Conserving the Future of Our Outdoors

The national service community has much to be proud of when it comes to protecting our outdoors. Among many actions, we restore public lands and preserve parks across in communities across the country. Yesterday this work was front and center at the White House, where a Champions of Change program celebrated local leaders who are working to get young people to learn, play, serve, and work outdoors.

Cultivating Healthy Futures

In the spring of 2009, the seeds of our organization—and the seeds for a healthy future— were planted by two important White House initiatives. That March, shovels dug in to break ground on the White House Kitchen Garden, and a few weeks later, President Obama signed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law. Motivated to reverse the startling trend in childhood obesity and usher in a new era of service, FoodCorps' founding team was inspired by these two events and saw in them an opportunity to engage AmeriCorps in building a more sustainable, healthful and equitable food system.

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