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AN INITIATIVE OF SERVICENATION

BUILDING the GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT for

NATIONAL SERVICE


1 THE PROBLEM

3 The Solution

The breadth of challenges facing our nation is unprecedented. More than 50 percent of young Americans are unemployed or underemployed - the largest percentage since World War II. Nearly 20% of children live in poverty. Over one million students drop out of high school each year. Solutions exist right now to help America overcome these challenges. ServeNext - an initiative of ServiceNation - is working to advance one of the most comprehensive and powerful: national service.

2 The Potential

Expanding national service programs like AmeriCorps that enable Americans to serve in organizations like Teach For America, Habitat for Humanity, City Year, and hundreds more would help the country: 1. 2. 3.

Tackle critical problems in education, poverty, health, disaster response, and more. Create jobs at a time when our nation desperately needs a new job creation strategy. Unite Americans in common purpose at a time when our country is feeling broken and divided.

4 Our Approach

There is an untapped reservoir of talented and passionate Americans who are willing to provide assistance to our schools, teachers, nurses, disaster-stricken areas, and

AmeriCorps Applications Soar Yet Congress Cuts Positions 536K

Number of AmeriCorps applications

582K

359K

89K

Unfortunately, that talent pool is being forgotten by our nation’s leaders.

2009

85K 2010

Number of AmeriCorps positions

82K 2011

Sadly, at a time when our nation is facing unprecedented challenges and millions of Americans are eager to step up and serve, too many in Congress continue to place national service programs on the chopping block. That’s unacceptable. National service can and should become a national priority. ServeNext is building an army of grassroots advocates to ensure that strong support for these programs is not a question for our elected leaders, but the expectation.

Our Strategies recruits, trains, and supports ORGANIZERS

who build and lead

LOCAL NETWORKS that engage MEMBERS OF CONGRESS and DECISION MAKERS

SERVENEXT

concerned

citizens passionate

volunteers service

recipients AmeriCorps

alumni

program

staff

Example Tactics: Organizing online petitions, letter writing campaigns, phone calls to members of Congress, and other grassroots advocacy activities at key times throughout the year Inviting members of Congress to participate in service projects and tour local service organizations

to achieve RESULTS

More support in Congress

Service expanded

More jobs, AmeriCorps positions & volunteers

Fostering relationships between members of Congress and the local service community

Improved education

Sharing local stories of service and impact at town hall meetings

Disaster response

Social innovation


learn more about our efforts at

www.servenext.org

ServeNext


The Problem, Our Response, and Our Vision