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City of Philadelphia First to Award Civil Service Points for National Service

January 13, 2015

Did you serve? The City of Philadelphia Wants YOU!

Yesterday, City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter made the ground-breaking announcement that AmeriCorps alums and Returned Peace Corps volunteers will receive preferential scoring in their civil service applications for all city job openings. This announcement underscores the potential of service to launch careers and shape civil service leaders for the 21st century.

AmeriCorps Alums joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) CEO, Wendy Spencer, Peace Corps Director, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, and Greater Philadelphia employers for a historic moment in the Employers of National Service initiative. Announced by President Obama during the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, Employers of National Service, is a joint effort led by CNCS, AmeriCorps Alums, the Peace Corps, and the Franklin Project to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities for national service alumni.

The City of Philadelphia, a charter member of Employers of National Service, has become the first employer in the nation to award civil service points to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni after they pass their civil service exam. Mayor Nutter shares in a press release that “the City of Philadelphia is truly a city that embraces national service. I am pleased to honor the work of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps members and alumni who provide such valuable service to our country.”

AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director, Mary Bruce (left-center) with CNCS CEO, Wendy Spencer, Mayor Nutter,  and City of Philadelphia Employers

AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director, Mary Bruce (left-center) with CNCS CEO, Wendy Spencer, Mayor Nutter, Peace Corps Director, Carrie Hessler-Radeletand, and City of Philadelphia Employers

Mary Bruce says, “Yesterday’s announcement from the City of Philadelphia is an important public policy in linking AmeriCorps service to a civil service talent pipeline. What makes national service alums unique is their ability to take initiative, communicate across cultures, adapt to a wide range of work environments, collaborate, and take accountability for solving city challenges. We are thrilled to celebrate the City of Philadelphia’s announcement today.”

AmeriCorps Alums Co-ED, Mary Bruce with Wendy Spencer, Mayor Nutter, and current national service members and alums. Photo Credit: Jamiel L. Alexander, President of Youth Build USA National Alumni Council

AmeriCorps Alums Co-ED, Mary Bruce with Wendy Spencer, Mayor Nutter, and current national service members and alums. Photo Credit: Jamiel L. Alexander (pictured back-right), President of Youth Build USA National Alumni Council

Is your city signed on as an Employer of National Service? Learn more about the initiative and challenge your city and employer to become a Service Employer today by visiting nationalservice.gov/employers.

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  1. January 21, 2015 12:31 pm

    I think this a great initiative. I can only hope cities across America will follow suit! Thank you Mayor Nutter for recognizing the importance of AmeriCorps members.

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