ServiceNation envisions a day when most young Americans turn to each other and ask, “Where will your year of national service be?”
ServiceNation is building a movement to change our culture and influence our politics so that a year of national service becomes a common expectation and common opportunity for young Americans. This will transform our country by putting an army of diverse young Americans to work solving our nation’s biggest challenges – from understaffed schools and health clinics to communities struggling with poverty or disaster.
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Reaching an estimated 100 million Americans through over 300 coalition members, ServiceNation played a leading role in the drafting and April 2009 enactment of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which authorized the greatest expansion of national service in America since the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Originally convened by Be The Change, Inc., Civic Enterprises, City Year, and the Points of Light Institute, ServiceNation was launched September 11 and 12, 2008 with the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum and Summit in New York City, where Presidential Candidates Obama and McCain publicly endorsed the policy framework developed by ServiceNation and its coalition.
The Act itself was unveiled at the Summit by Senator Orrin Hatch and Caroline Kennedy, speaking on behalf of her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy.
The Summit was attended by over 750 leaders from every sector, both political parties, and led to the bipartisan passage of the Serve America Act in the first 100 days of President Obama’s first term.
Unfortunately the promise of the legislation is far from realized. Read more about our priorities and the grassroots movement ServiceNation is building to not only change this, but make national service an enduring national priority.
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Be The Change, Inc
ServiceNation is the first campaign of Be The Change, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to strengthening American democracy by uniting citizens, social entrepreneurs, the service world and leaders from every sector of American society. BTC taps the wisdom, experience, and networks of these practitioners, thought leaders, and passionate Americans to craft non-partisan policy solutions to our greatest challenges and build powerful coalitions to advocate for them.