Read and Download any of the three national reports released during the momentous AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Voices for National Service is releasing "I Will Get Things Done for America," a new report that celebrates the heroic contributions of those who have served and shares the highlights of the last twenty years. Featuring a foreword by Chelsea Clinton, the report chronicles the history of AmeriCorps, recognizes the champions of the program who have helped to shape and lead the national service movement, and celebrates the transformative impact AmeriCorps members have in local communities each day.
Great progress has been made over the last decade to reach an 80 percent graduation rate, but for the one in five students still not graduating on time, more hard work is required to achieve the GradNation goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020. For that reason, America’s Promise Alliance presents this paper that illustrates how national service is making a positive impact on young people and closing the graduation gap – from early literacy through high school graduation and beyond. Emerging evidence, described in this white paper, tells us that national service works.
AmeriCorps, a national service initiative celebrating its 20th anniversary on September 12, is meeting critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Its programs, supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service along with private and nonprofit partners, are providing low-cost, high-impact solutions that are bridging gaps that would otherwise remain as barriers for our nation’s highest-need young people.
National service programs that span a young person’s life are highlighted in the following eight areas covered in the report:
- Ensuring young children are ready for kindergarten;
- Boosting early reading success;
- Supporting regular attendance, good behavior and strong course performance (the ABCs);
- Providing social and emotional support;
- Extending learning beyond the school walls and the school day;
- Fostering college and career aspirations;
- Creating a new pipeline of effective, diverse educators and advocates for high-need schools; and
- Reconnecting young people who have not graduated back to education and employment pathways.
In addition to having gathered promising practices, this paper offers recommendations to leverage and continue effective programs that work. Never before have these practices been looked at in one comprehensive piece. Please read and share this resource with your networks.
As part of the 20th anniversary, the Corporation for National and Community Service joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center to highlight the ways that national service is teaming up with the private sector to support disaster recovery efforts. The report, Public-Private Partnerships: Supporting National Service Disaster Response provides a high-level view of how these partnerships have worked to enhance the Corporation's disaster services efforts in the past, as well as how we can continue to do so in the years to come. Read and download the full report below: