Record number of dinosaurs took to the streets of Washington, DC to stop national service extinction
This morning, an unprecedented number of dinosaurs took to the streets of Washington, DC to tell Congress to stop national service extinction. The hundreds of dinosaurs and national service advocates were present at 8 locations across the city. This included Dupont Circle, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and Union Station. The morning ended with a record number of dinosaurs rallying at the US Capitol. The campaign was in response to President Trump's 2018 budget proposal which threatens to eliminate national service programs like AmeriCorps and outlines the largest cut to the Peace Corps by a president in 40 years.
So you’re wondering what’s up with all of the dinosaurs you keep seeing around DC today? They were at your metro stop and you saw a video of them outside the Capitol, but you have no idea why? Here’s what’s going on...
A record number of dinosaurs and national service advocates are taking action across Washington, DC today to stop national service extinction.
Charles Johnson was a student athlete in college with the goal of one day working in law enforcement. After an internship with the Richmond Police Department, Charles decided that law enforcement would not be the best way for him to make an impact. He completed two service years and found the passion to open his own business educating at-risk youth about the environment around them.
We have some good news from Capitol Hill:
Yesterday afternoon, the subcommittee in the House that oversees funding for national service programs like AmeriCorps and YouthBuild voted to approve their draft budget for 2018. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, the committee's draft budget rejects President Trump’s proposal to eliminate AmeriCorps, and fully funds both AmeriCorps and YouthBuild at their FY17 levels.
On behalf of the entire service year community: Thank you.
In New York City’s most high-crime neighborhoods, service year corps members with Green City Force are teaching their neighbors environmental sustainability practices — all the while learning essential job skills for the workforce. We teamed up with NationSwell to tell the story.
Service Year Alliance Unveils 'Service Year 100' | With Support from Airbnb, LinkedIn and Starbucks, Service Year Alliance Challenges Today’s Youth in New National Service Program
Today, Service Year Alliance, the national organization striving to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans, unveiled their newest initiative, “Service Year 100.” The announcement took place at the National Service Symposium in San Francisco, CA.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2017) – Yesterday, in response to the White House’s budget proposal, Vermont leaders and alumni of national service programs joined Service Year Alliance to call for the protection and expansion of national service. The President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018 threatens to eliminate national service programs like AmeriCorps and dramatically cuts the Peace Corps.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 23, 2017
“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.”
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.