Blog

The Franklin Project

Connecting Military Spouses with Opportunities to Serve

Posted by Catherine Cheney on November 09, 2015 at 1:02 PM

As a journalist based in the Bay Area, I seek out people who apply the same creativity and capital that make Silicon Valley the global center for innovation to problems that matter. Because I cover international development, I follow tech reporting closely, sifting through the endless stories on new apps that promise to make my life easier in order to find those few and far between examples of promising solutions to our shared global challenges. That is what led me to Kara Swisher, a technology journalist who captures perfectly the problem I am working to address: "There are a lot of big minds chasing small ideas in Silicon Valley."

Read more

The Franklin Project

Rewriting the Narrative About Flint, Michigan

Posted by Jennifer McArdle on November 09, 2015 at 1:01 PM

You've heard the stories about Flint, Michigan. Perhaps you've seen Michael Moore's "Roger & Me." Perhaps you've heard on the news, or in a publication like The Huffington Post, about the problems plaguing the city -- from unemployment and poverty to crime and blight.

Read more

The Franklin Project

My Year of Service

Posted by Amanda Moore on May 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Originally posted on Blue Star Families Blog

Growing up, my brothers and I would joke that we were “voluntold,” we didn’t volunteer. With our father in the Marine Corps and our mother a volunteer coordinator, community service felt just like another chore we reluctantly did out of self interest (not having our TV privileges revoked). As I begrudgingly went to my volunteer jobs, I would never have imagined devoting a year of my life to service. Now in my twenties, I cannot imagine not doing a year of service.

Read more


The Franklin Project

Gen. McChrystal Shares Service Year Vision in New Hampshire, Challenges 2016 Presidential Candidates to Take a Stand on National Service

Posted by Adam Coretz on April 03, 2015 at 10:39 AM

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Franklin Project Leadership Council Chair Gen. Stanley McChrystal visited New Hampshire to share the vision of voluntary universal national service and to challenge the 2016 presidential candidates to take a stand on national service in the key battleground state.

Read more

The Franklin Project

Learning from Faith in Service

Posted by Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell on March 24, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Service in America has been infused with faith, values, and mission since well before the concept of more secular national service took hold in this country. From the radical reimagining of a better world that leads to global service to the servant leadership that strengthens local communities, faith-based service corps are leaders in this movement for bigger citizenship through service.

Read more

The Franklin Project

A Truly Common Opportunity

Posted by Mayo Sonko on March 02, 2015 at 6:07 PM

I am a proud alumna of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that develops young leaders through placements at local nonprofits. I am grateful for the experience because it provided me with a heightened sense of self - in part because of lessons learned from those who took the journey with me.

Read more

The Franklin Project

Why Every American Should Pledge One Year of Public Service

Posted by Jason Mangone on February 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

This article originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a news and culture site covering military and veterans affairs.

“Military veteran” is one of the few terms — and experiences — that binds people from different backgrounds who don’t know one another. The question, “Where’d you serve,” is a social level-setter, and points to something much deeper than being alumni of the same school or having grown up in the same hometown. It’s such a strong bond, in fact, that many military vets have trouble connecting with people who haven’t had that experience.

Read more

The Franklin Project

The Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge

Posted by Tara Maller on January 22, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" He also said, “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” As we reflect on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, it is worth thinking about our own commitments to national service.

In that spirit, the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute recently announced a national service project challenge for colleges and universities. The goal of the Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge is to integrate service opportunities into the overall college experience.

Read more

The Franklin Project

Are hiring decisions key to improving citizenship?

Posted by MacKenzie Moritz on December 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

A recent initative launched by President Barack Obama called "Employers of National Service" makes it easier for hiring managers to identify candidates that have demonstrated strong character traits. According to Obama, “If you’re an employer who wants to hire talented, dedicated, patriotic, skilled, tireless, energetic workers, look to AmeriCorps, look to the Peace Corps… Citizens who perform national service are special,” he said. “You want them on your team.”

Read more