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How America Can Get Its Mojo Back

By Ron Fournier | National Journal - December 1, 2015

Capt. Seth Moulton left the Marines in 2008 after four tours in Iraq and found himself on the campus of Columbia University, watching presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain discuss their shared passion for national service. Moulton was the rare military veteran in a crowd of Peace Corps and Ameri­Corps recruits, part of a generation of young Americans with an outsized dedication to causes greater than themselves.


A Call To Service Can Help Unite A Divided Nation

By Congressman Seth Moulton | Defense One - November 30, 2015

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy challenged us to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” He issued this historic call to service at a time when our nation was torn apart by the threat of communism abroad and the fear of its presence at home, not to mention the fight for civil rights that tested our fundamental values. Five decades later, we fear forces of terror abroad and worry it will infiltrate our communities, while the debate over the immigration status of millions of people living in the United States divides our nation. President Kennedy’s challenge is as relevant now as it was then.


Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service

By Gen. Stanley McChrystal | Defense One - November 29, 2015

In light of the recent coordinated attacks in Paris, the bombings in Beirut and the downing of a Russian airliner, the United States and other countries are grappling with questions about the best way to strengthen our security and defeat the Islamic State, or ISIS. Despite disagreements on strategy and tactics, most agree that this is not a battle that can be won overnight or through military solutions alone


Hurricane Katrina: Three Objects of the Storm and Three Objectives of Service

By Rob Lalka | Huffington Post - August 28, 2015

This is an important week in the life of the city of New Orleans. It is a time to remember the storm and the levee failures, a time to honor lives lost, and a time to pay our respects to this community's work over the last 10 years. We are now a decade past the costliest natural disaster in American history. But it has been well documented that this was not merely a natural disaster. The levee breach was a man-made disaster, and it was anticipated. Leaders didn't heed the warnings, and they failed to act until it was too late.


10 Years Later: Katrina's Legacy of Service

By Reese May | Huffington Post - August 26, 2015

On August 29, 2005, I was in Al Qa'im, a small Iraqi town on the Syrian border. I had three weeks left on my first deployment to Iraq and I could hardly wait to get home to my family. As my unit (an Anti-Terrorism Marine reserve unit comprised entirely of Mississippi and Louisiana residents) prepared for one of our final operations, we saw limited coverage of the storm's approach on a chow hall TV. It was increasingly unclear to what "home" we might return. The rest of the story you already know.


Expand opportunities for young Americans to serve their country

By John McCain & Stanley McChrystal | CNN - August 10, 2015

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune." Taking personal responsibility for our nation's well-being is the essence of good citizenship. The habits of citizenship are not innate -- they are learned as lessons throughout life. For the two of us, our sense of citizenship developed at a young age and continued through our 57 years of collective military service.


AmeriCorps deserves the nation's full support

By the Editorial Board | Star Tribune - July 6, 2015

This year, St. Paul-based College Possible is helping more than 10,000 low-income high school students in Minnesota and five other states enroll and succeed in college. Its front-line staffers are 200 AmeriCorps members. More than 1,200 trained AmeriCorps tutors are at the heart of the Minnesota Reading Corps, which is boosting literacy among young children with such good effect that it has become the model for similar programs in 11 states. That’s just some of the good that AmeriCorps and the related Senior Corps are doing in Minnesota — and it’s why we’re alarmed by the rough treatment these laudable national service programs have been receiving in Congress. Committees in both the U.S. House and Senate approved deep funding cuts that would shrink AmeriCorps in this and every other state.


National Service: a Percolating Idea

By Jason Mangone | LinkedIn Pulse - July 3, 2015

The Franklin Project, an initiative of the Aspen Institute to bring about a system of universal voluntary national service in the United States, was started by a comment on a stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival three years ago. While being interviewed by Bob Schieffer about national security, Retired General Stanley McChrystal made the statement that inspired the Project, when he said that every young American should have the opportunity to provide a year of service (military, civilian, or public) to their country, and be expected to do so. This is not a new idea—it’s been proposed by scores of people over the last century. While old, the idea clearly isn’t stale: General McChrystal’s comments earned a standing ovation from what is more typically a golf-clap crowd.


Beyond the Military: Why the US Needs More National Service Options

By Stephen Hadley | Defense One - July 2, 2015

Building a next generation of American foreign policy and national security leaders requires new options for national service. Back in November in recognition of Veterans Day, I wrote a piece to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and those currently serving in our military. The piece talked about the importance of fostering and nurturing a culture of service in our country – “where service becomes the norm rather than the exception.” Let us once again reflect on national service here at home.


National service should be rite of passage

By Stanley McChrystal | The Courier Journal - June 22, 2015

As a nation, we need to recognize that political leaders cannot promise us a brighter future without also asking each of us to contribute to it. Most Americans can recite the preamble of the Declaration of Independence – referencing “unalienable rights” such as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But few of us recall the conclusion, which declares, “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” The Declaration of Independence is not only about rights, but also about responsibilities and sacrifice.


A year of national service for young Americans could restore trust in government

By Dan Glickman | The Kansas City Star - June 21, 2015

Over the last few years, we’ve seen the public’s trust in government reach historic lows. This lack of connectivity with our political leaders and institutions is acute with today’s millennial generation showing low voter turnout and half of them identifying as politically independent. When government ceases attracting top talent it deepens government inefficiency and public mistrust. Unfortunately, there is evidence that a cycle of distruct and cynicism is already beginning as members of the next generation dedicate themselves to careers outside government. According to a recent Bipartisan Policy Center report, “Fewer young people are interested in serving as political appointees, and fewer still think of running for elective office.”


More Community Service, Not Less

By The Editorial Board | The New York Times - June 19,2015

It would be hardhearted and counterproductive to squeeze any more money from the already meager federal funding for public service programs that help struggling schoolchildren, veterans, the elderly and communities stricken by natural disasters. Yet a House subcommittee this week approved a spending bill that cuts federal financing for the already beleaguered Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees many programs, the most well known of which is AmeriCorps.

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How to Defeat ISIS With Millennial Spirit and Service

By Ron Fournier | National Journal - June 16, 2015

I know a better way to fight ISIS. It starts with an idea that should appeal the better angels of both hawks and doves: National service for all 18- to 28-year-olds. Require virtually every young American—the civic-minded millennial generation—to complete a year of service through programs such as Teach for America, AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, or the U.S. military, and two things will happen:


Making a Health Impact Through Service at UMass Dartmouth

By Caitlin Stover | University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth | Huffington Post - May 1, 2015

This column by Caitlin Stover is part of a series of three columns written by individuals from the winning teams of the recent Higher Education + Service Year Innovation Challenge hosted at the Aspen Institute. The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute along with the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced Wednesday that the winners of the Service Year + Higher Education Innovation Challenge were Drake University, Miami Dade College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Prizes were awarded in three categories: private university, public university and community college with each winner receiving $30,000. The winners for each of the categories were Drake, UMass Dartmouth and Miami Dade respectively. Miami Dade received an additional $10,000 for receiving the audience choice award, which was voted on by those attending the event at the Aspen Institute.


Higher Ed + Service Year = Community and Economic Development

By Mandi McReynolds | Drake University | Huffington Post - April 29, 2015 

This column by Mandi McReynolds of Drake University is part of a series of three columns written by individuals from the winning teams of the recent Higher Education + Service Year Innovation Challenge hosted at the Aspen Institute. The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute along with the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced Wednesday that the winners of the Service Year + Higher Education Innovation Challenge were Drake University, Miami Dade College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Prizes were awarded in three categories: private university, public university, and community college with each winner receiving $30,000. The winners for each of the categories were Drake, UMass Dartmouth, and Miami Dade respectively. Miami Dade received an additional $10,000 for receiving the audience choice award, which was voted on by those attending the event at the Aspen Institute. The prizes were awarded to these institutions for outstanding and innovative plans to create new university-based service year positions connected to academic credit


Improving Retention, Graduation and Workforce Preparation Through a Service Year: A Promising Community College National Model

By Josh Young | Miami-Dade College | Huffington Post - April 28th, 2015

This column by Josh Young is part of a series of three columns written by individuals from the winning teams of the recent Higher Education + Service Year Innovation Challenge hosted at the Aspen Institute. The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute along with the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced Wednesday that the winners of the Service Year + Higher Education Innovation Challenge were Drake University, Miami Dade College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Prizes were awarded in three categories: private university, public university, and community college with each winner receiving $30,000.


$100,000 Given for Innovative Service Models to Be Integrated at Higher Education Institutions

By The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute & the National Conference on Citizenship | The Aspen Institute - April 17, 2015

The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute along with the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced Wednesday that the winners of the Service Year + Higher Education Innovation Challenge were Drake University, Miami Dade College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 


To renew America: Consider a year of national service

By Gen. Stanley McChrystal | New Hampshire Union Leader - April 2, 2015

I didn’t come to New Hampshire this week to get your vote. I came here to challenge you to challenge our leaders. The eyes of the country will be looking here through the coming presidential election because New Hampshire is a state that has the power to bring about big change. Demand, in the coming presidential election, that there is a call for universal voluntary national service. This is my call to action: Let’s make full-time national service — a service year — a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American.


Retired general McChrystal trying to change 'cultural expectation' of service year

By Iain Wilson | Concord Monitor - April 1, 2015

As the commander of American troops in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal devised a military strategy that included embedding themselves with locals. The strategy, coined counter-insurgency, aimed to address root causes of violence that undermined the political structure in the region. Now, the retired four-star general is looking at the root causes making it difficult for young people in America to serve their country.