Oh, the Places You Go!!!–AMERICA’S NATIONAL SERVICE (, i.e. whose budget Trump is drastically cutting)

AmeriCorps members have improved tens of thousands of miles of U.S. trails.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

The Dr. Seuss classic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” is often given to graduates as they prepare to enter a new phase of their lives. The book, which is written in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, holds a valuable lesson that all of us can take to heart.

Whenever we reach a transition point in life, some of us wonder whether we are making the right decision. These doubts are common, and though we may encounter obstacles along the way, most of us make it through our trials somehow. Even better, we learn a little something about ourselves along the way.

We see this phenomenon all the time at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Our AmeriCorps and Senior Corps national service programs lead our members on a journey at the different stages of life with the goal of making lives better for the residents of this great nation.

While they serve, national service members build positive characteristics that serve them well as their journeys continue. Teamwork. Adaptability. Perseverance, Accountability. Resilience. Empathy. Leadership.

These are the skills that not only make good citizens; they make good employees, too. Just ask the hundreds of companies that have joined our Employers of National Service initiative to give priority consideration to AmeriCorps (and Peace Corps) alums during the hiring process.

We are excited about all the places we go in the national service family. So, we’ll let the words of Dr. Seuss sign off for us today:

You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

In service,

CNCS Office of External Affairs

The Impact of National Service

The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA program is recruiting members to bring the program to 33 communities.

FIRST Recruiting New AmeriCorps VISTAs to Support STEM

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will begin recruitment for up to 50 AmeriCorps VISTA members, to support the expansion of FIRST STEM education programs into 33 U.S. communities.Founded by inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for science and technology Dean Kamen, FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build STEM skills. “I hope we ultimately change the lives of tens of thousands of kids so that the next generation of American workers are all ready for the exciting jobs and careers of the 21st century,” said Kamen. CNCS will provide more than $1.4 million in support to FIRST in 2017.

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Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success grantees are improving outcomes throughout the country.

SIF Pay for Success Grantees Improving Outcomes Throughout the Country

May was a big month for the SIF and our Pay for Success (PFS) program. Five of our grantees announced funding to governments and nonprofits this month and we wanted to share with you what they are undertaking to change the way government allocates and invests its resources to improve outcomes.

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VOA volunteer Joyce Preston (right) has been teaching Ernestine Richardson to read through the RSVP program. (Photo by David Grunfeld/NOLA.com)

Want to feel better? Help others, like these seniors in RSVP

In 2006, Joyce Preston decided she had to do something to put meaning back in her life. Her husband had died the previous year, and she had been in mourning for months. “He passed away the Tuesday before Katrina, and his funeral was that Thursday,” she says. “In a way, it was a blessing because he was terminally ill, and he would have been taken somewhere after the storm — maybe someplace I couldn’t have gone with him.” Five years earlier, they had moved back to Louisiana from California to enjoy their retirement together, and they settled in Abita Springs.”I was from Baton Rouge and he was from Bogalusa, and we ended up in the middle,” Preston says. She felt fortunate to have the support of family members and former classmates at Southern University while she tried to cope with her devastating loss.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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