National Service

AF Weekly Tip Sheet: COVID Policy and Advocacy (5/11/2020)

Below is the latest America Forward “Tip Sheet,” a weekly update related to COVID-19 relief and recovery legislation. Funding for Workforce Training and Stabilization  Last week, Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced H.R. 6646, the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act, authorizing $15 billion for workforce training infrastructure and career and technical education in response to COVID-19. A section by
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New Legislation, Commission Report Support National Service as a Powerful Tool for COVID Relief

The following post was contributed by Shirley Sagawa, CEO of the Service Year Alliance and an America Forward Advisory Board Member.      With a global pandemic underway, it would be easy to have missed the release of the final report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. This bipartisan national commission has worked for two years
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Dear Congress: Prioritize Key Investments in Education and Workforce During COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

Late last week, America Forward sent a letter to Congressional leaders about centering nonprofits and vulnerable communities in any additional COVID-19 relief and recovery policy. The letter, drawing insight from America Forward's deep advocacy over the last two months, calls on Congress to focus on "...fully including nonprofit organizations in the relief efforts and directing critical funding to those most
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Want to Deepen Civic Engagement & Strengthen Communities? Support National Service

By Deborah Smolover. Deborah Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and Executive Director of America Forward.  Lately, an idea close to the hearts of many social innovators is gaining traction among Democratic primary candidates: scaling national service.  Within the past few months, Mayor Pete Buttigeig released a policy proposal to build a network of 1 million paid service
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Evidence in Action: Serving Freedom

Every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This Evidence in Action blog series highlights the voices of social innovation organizations and spotlights effective interventions in communities across the country and evidence-based policy and practice leaders to elevate both the results-driven solutions being advanced to help solve our most pressing social problems and to
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Focusing on Critical Programs and Partnerships in the Federal Budget

By America Forward Policy Director Jacek Pruski With the President’s budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) now proposed, and its substantial cuts to nondefense discretionary spending detailed, Congress will now begin the process of determining how to fund the federal government for FY18. At America Forward, we have always advocated for bipartisan, results-oriented policies that leverage innovation, evidence, and public-private partnerships
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Evidence in Action: 10 Ways City Year AmeriCorps Members #MakeBetterHappen

Thanks to the persistence of social entrepreneurs across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This Evidence in Action blog series highlights the voices of the more than 70 social innovation organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition, the results-driven solutions our community has to our country’s most pressing social
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Presidential 2016: National Service Programs & Corps – Cost-Effective Solutions To Our Nation’s Most Pressing Social Problems

Thanks to the persistence of social innovators across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This ongoing blog series will highlight the voices our more than 70 social innovators that make up the America Forward Coalition and their solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems, as well as
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America Forward Congratulates the Newly Appointed Members of the Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking

“Members of the America Forward Coalition congratulate the newly appointed members of the bipartisan, cross-sector Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Created by legislation introduced and led by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), this important Commission is tasked with identifying practices and processes for ensuring the use of evidence and outcomes in
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