National service - birthday of Americorps

By Alan Khazei, Co-founder, City Year

I have always believed if every young person had the opportunity to serve through national service, whether military or civilian--that it would transform our country. That's why I co-founded City Year, which became a model for AmeriCorps.

Today, as we mark the 21st anniversary of the founding of AmeriCorps, we should celebrate the 1 million AmeriCorps members who have contributed over 1.2 billion hours in service to our communities and country. Our young people served others by educating our children, fighting poverty, responding to natural disasters, preserving the environment and more. They are a testament to the power of uniting behind causes greater than one's own self-interest.

Seth Moulton served our country as a Marine and has already been a tremendous advocate for national service in Washington, DC. Congressman Moulton and I share a belief in the power of service.

As we celebrate the birth of AmeriCorps and all the great that has come from it, please join us in supporting our vision for greater opportunities for service. If you haven't already, take a moment to sign our petition to support an expansion of national service opportunities.

Let's work towards an American future in which the question "Where will you do your service year?" is commonly asked of our young adults.

Alan Khazei
Co-Founder, City Year

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