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We Applaud the Introduction of 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2017) - Service Year Alliance released the following statement today in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act:

“We applaud the bipartisan introduction of the 21CSC Act. This bold initiative will engage 100,000 youth and veterans in a year of service annually — through national service programs like AmeriCorps — improving parks, public lands, and tribal lands and waters across the country,” said Shirley Sagawa, President and CEO of Service Year Alliance. “The act is cost-effective, spurs economic development, and leverages private and local dollars to arm youth and veterans with the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce.”   

We Applaud the Introduction of 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act
We Applaud the Introduction of 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act

Service Year Alliance at CLDE Conference 2017

Nearly 600 higher education professionals gathered in Baltimore, MD, earlier this month for the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference. Service Year Alliance helped to sponsor this conference, hosted by The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA for those committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education.

We sponsored #CLDE2017 & discussed how a #serviceyear can build service-learning and civic engagement in #highered.
Service Year Alliance at CLDE Conference 2017

Service Year Alliance Teams Up With the Bonnaroo Music Festival

Service Year Alliance’s very own Stephanie Armstrong and Csilla Aglaure-Szekelyhidi represented Service Year Alliance at the 2017 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee! I caught up with Stephanie to find out just what they were up to, check it out!
Service Year Alliance Teams Up With the Bonnaroo Music Festival
Service Year Alliance Teams Up With the Bonnaroo Music Festival

We Applaud the ACTION for National Service Act

WASHINGTON, DC - "Service Year Alliance applauds Rep. John Larson and Rep. John Lewis for their leadership making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity. The ACTION for National Service Act marks an important contribution to this goal", says Shirley Sagawa, CEO of the Service Year Alliance.

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Pictured from left to right: General (Ret) Stanley A. McChrystal (Service Year Alliance Board Chairman), Rob Gordon (President of Be the Change, Inc.), Shirley Sagawa (CEO Service Year Alliance), Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, AnnMaura Connolly (President of Voices for National Service) and Congressman John B. Larson
Service Year Alliance applauds the ACTION of the National Service Act
We Applaud the ACTION for National Service Act

Statement in Response to President Trump's FY18 Budget Proposal | It's Taking Us Back to the Stone Age as a Nation

“The proposed budget cuts are taking us back to the stone age as a nation. They’re short-sighted and fail to address modern challenges or invest in the next generation of American leaders. In the name of all national service organizations we deeply condemn the proposed elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service — including AmeriCorps — and the deep cuts to the Peace Corps. This budget is the latest in a series of reckless steps aiming to eliminate national service as we know it”, says Shirley Sagawa, CEO of the Service Year Alliance.

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Statement in Response to President Trump's FY18 Budget Proposal | It's Taking Us Back to the Stone Age as a Nation
Statement in Response to President Trump's FY18 Budget Proposal | It's Taking Us Back to the Stone Age as a Nation

WATCH: Good News from Flint, Michigan

When a state of emergency was declared due to lead in the main water supply of Flint, Mich., service year corps members were already on the ground. Now, they’re key to the community’s long-term recovery effort.

WATCH: Good News from Flint, Michigan
WATCH: Good News from Flint, Michigan

International Gap Year Conference 2017: A Service Year as a Paid Gap Year

Last week gap year providers, advisors, and higher education leaders gathered in Denver for the annual International Gap Year conference. The conference was hosted by the American Gap Association (AGA), Service Year Alliance’s gap year partner.

The conference explored barriers to students completing a gap year including funding, parental support, lack of awareness, and concern that these experiences might lengthen time to graduation or dissuade students from attending college at all.

International Gap Year Conference 2017: A Service Year as a Paid Gap Year
International Gap Year Conference 2017: A Service Year as a Paid Gap Year

WATCH: General McChrystal on saving national service

Watch and share as Gen. (Ret.) Stan McChrystal make the case for expanding, not eliminating, national service.  

WATCH & share to save national service!

WATCH: General McChrystal on saving national service
WATCH: General McChrystal on saving national service

Service Year Alliance's Statement on Congress' FY17 Budget Deal

On May 4, Congress passed the 2017 spending bill which protects funding for national service programs including AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and YouthBuild. Service Year Alliance released the following statement in response to Congress' budget deal for FY17:

"We were relieved to see Congress reach a budget deal that includes level funding for AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and YouthBuild in the FY17 budget. While this deal is far from perfect and cuts critical programs from the Corporation for National and Community Service, we are reassured that the tens of thousands of service year corps members will be able to continue to fighting poverty, supporting veterans, improving the environment, and revitalizing communities through these important programs. The value of service year corps members in local communities is felt in every in every corner of our country and around the world. As we set our sights on the FY18 budget debate in the coming months, we will continue to mobilize service year advocates to urge members of Congress to expand opportunities for young Americans to serve and invest in national service programs."

 

 

Service Year Alliance's Statement on Congress' FY17 Budget Deal #LetUsServe
Service Year Alliance's Statement on Congress' FY17 Budget Deal

NationSwell + Service Year: Everyone has a place in the service year movement

In the first episode of NationSwell’s 8-part mini documentary series on service years, the Chair of our Board, Gen. (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, shares his personal experience with service — both in and out of uniform.

 NationSwell + Service Year

NationSwell + Service Year: Everyone has a place in the service year movement
NationSwell + Service Year: Everyone has a place in the service year movement
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