ServiceNation seeks to rekindle an ethic of civic responsibility in America through universal national service.
Universal national service will transform our nation. If every year, one million Americans served our schools, communities, and fellow citizens for a year, we would be living in a different country. At ServiceNation, that is the vision we are working towards.
We believe national service programs like AmeriCorps must become a national priority as a way to put citizens to work, tackle pressing social challenges, and unite Americans in common purpose.
While our nation’s challenges are immense, so is the number of people who want to help. But the opportunities to serve must be there. ServiceNation is building the movement to make national service an enduring national priority.
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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.