Why National Service Matters
National service provides a cost-effective tool to help solve some of our country’s biggest challenges. Programs like Citizen Schools, City Year, Jumpstart, Habitat for Humanity International, Teach for America, YouthBuild USA and other nonprofits and community-based organizations are utilizing human capital, made possible by the Corporation for Community and National Service (CNCS), to educate students for the 21st Century, assist veterans and military families, help rebuild after disasters, and promote health and well being.
National Service and Public Policy
Despite its critical value to states and demand by communities, between 2010 and 2015, the U.S. Congress cut the CNCS budget by 13 percent, or $154 million. These cuts resulted in the elimination of service learning programs for 1.5 million students, the reduction of AmeriCorps by 18,000 positions, and the displacement of more than 113,500 Senior Corps members. In FY14-15, less than 40% of the cuts had been restored.
Citizen Schools advocates for an increased investment in CNCS that will engage millions in service, bolster civic and faith-based organization, support evidence-based solutions, and create pathways to opportunity for those who serve. Read more here about the critical role that national service plays in our work and how you can join the effort to support national service.