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Time Magazine includes ServeNext’s campaign

Posted by Zach Maurin on August 30, 2007

In this week’s Time Magazine, National Service is front and center. Author Richard Stengel encourages the next president to make National Service a national priority:

It is time for the next President to mine the desire that is out there for serving and create a program for universal national service that will be his — or her — legacy for decades to come. It is the simple but compelling idea that devoting a year or more to national service, whether military or civilian, should become a countrywide rite of passage, the common expectation and widespread experience of virtually every young American.

Aptly titled “The Case for National Service,” the article outlines a ten-point National Service plan that addresses needs in education, health, disaster response, and calls for the expansion of current AmeriCorps programs.

ServeNext’s campaign to get the presidential candidates to endorse national service is featured under “THE COST” section of the article (page 3 if viewing the article online).

 

The Case for National Service

Time’s attention to this issue could be a pivotal moment as presidential hopefuls continue to develop their platforms. Will more candidates soon emerge with bolder, more courageous requests of fellow citizens to engage in our country’s work? Stengel is smart to point out that, “Today the two central acts of democratic citizenship are voting and paying taxes. That’s basically it. The last time we demanded anything else from people was when the draft ended in 1973.”

Maybe this will change…

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One Response to “Time Magazine includes ServeNext’s campaign”

  1. Bulletin News said

    Outstanding view about s campaign! Thoroughly love this interesting posts!

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