The Trump Administration has proposed the elimination of AmeriCorps — America’s largest national service program — and funding for YouthBuild and the Peace Corps, two other major national service programs, is in jeopardy.
This could mean that roughly 80,000 annual service year opportunities would vanish, hurting the millions of people they serve and depriving young people the opportunity to serve our country. At a moment when our citizens are more divided than ever, we need these critical programs to bring Americans together in common purpose to tackle pressing challenges, help young people earn money for college, and inspire the next generation of leaders. This budget proposal runs counter to our values and everything our country stands for.
We should be expanding national service programs — not eliminating them. And when we speak out together about a powerful idea, we can’t be ignored. That starts with you.