As part of the September 12, 2014 White House ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, President Obama announced the launch of Employers of National Service. This initiative recognizes the valuable skills gained by the 900,000 Americans who have participated in AmeriCorps since 1994 and the 215,000 who have participated in the Peace Corps.
The Franklin Project worked closely with our partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps Alums, the Peace Corps, and the White House to launch this new talent pipeline. Employers of National Service connects AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. Through this initiative, employers will have new access to a dedicated, highly qualified, and mission-oriented pool of potential employees and national service alumni will have additional opportunities to apply their skills in the workplace.
As announced on September 12, 2014, the charter Employers of National Service are:
Corporations: Comcast, CSX, Disney, Sonoma Raceway, Trojan Battery Company, McChrystal Group
Nonprofits: American Red Cross, City Year, Habitat for Humanity International, United Way Worldwide, Achievement Network, AmeriCorps Alums, Be the Change, Inc., Civic Enterprises, National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light, ServiceNation, Voices for National Service
Local government entities: the city of Nashville, Cities of Service
Federal government agencies: CNCS, Peace Corps, National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Office of Personnel Management and National Park Service
National service develops essential skills that make alumni assets for organizations and companies seeking high-quality employees. They are strong leaders who are motivated, flexible, innovative, and outcome-oriented. They learn quickly, work well on diverse teams, and know how to mobilize others to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world. On a survey at the conclusion of their service, over three-quarters of AmeriCorps members felt they gained an understanding of the solutions to the challenges faced by communities where they served and that AmeriCorps would improve their performance at a future job.
Employers of National Service will have a competitive edge in reaching a large and diverse pool of talented individuals. Participating employers will have their job opportunities highlighted via promotional channels that reach a vast network of talented job seekers. Every employer from the nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors should strongly consider the value that national service alumni can add to their organization.
To become an Employer of National Service, organizations will demonstrate policies and practices that emphasize the skills that national service alumni bring to the workplace. A commitment to be an Employer of National Service could include at least one of the following:
During the rollout of this new initiative, employers may also propose other commitments that would qualify them as an Employer of National Service and highlight their national service alumni recruitment and employment activities. As part of their commitment, organizations will be asked to provide information regarding their efforts and achievements for an annual Employers of National Service summary report.
How Does an Organization Sign Up to Be an Employer of National Service?
Any company, organization, or agency can become an Employer of National Service! To sign up to be an Employer of National Service or request additional information, please contact our Associate Director of Partnerships, MacKenzie Mortiz, at [email protected].