Happy Serve America Act Anniversary!
Wednesday April, 21 2009; the members and students of an elementary school in Washington D.C. excitedly watches President Obama sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. As you probably already know, The Serve America Act reauthorized and expanded national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The Serve America Act has a very impressive agenda; create an army of 250,000 Americans a year involved in full and part-time service; expanding service-learning to engage young-people and put them onto a pathway to service; providing better service opportunities for seniors and boomers; and establishing a Social Innovation Fund to identify and grow programs that fix tough community problems. It was and still is the most sweeping expansion of national service of our generation.
Today, Wednesday April, 21 2010 AmeriCorps Alums exists as a powerful network of volunteer leaders and is happy to recognize and celebrate this expansion. We can feel the momentum of national service and the importance it has in so many peoples lives. Service is a great tool to address all of our nations most serious issues and we hope to connect more and more AmeriCorps Alums with opportunities to serve.
Patrick Corvington your CEO of CNCS has some thoughts about the recent progress of the act and where national service agendas need to go next.