Based on its proven track record to date, we see national service as a powerful tool to support students, increase opportunity, grow the capacity of nonprofit organizations, and address a variety of needs in under-resourced communities. Now, at a time when the nation must marshal its resources to address profound inequities, we believe that policymakers should embrace the transformational potential of national service to advance equity and move all of America forward.
This Policy Roadmap recommends strategies that can help close the gap between what we know students need, and what our current education system provides, so that every learner can grow into a capable, caring, and engaged member of society.
United to Move America Forward is a policy briefing book intended for candidates and policymakers at all levels of government who are committed to harnessing the power of government to increase opportunity, advance equity, and achieve sustainable change in America. The transformational policy ideas presented in this playbook stem from the groundbreaking work of over 100 social innovators leading results-driven organizations that are solving America’s biggest problems in communities across the country every day. Their insights, and the lived experiences of the community members their organizations serve, shape the proposals presented on these pages and offer a blueprint for policymakers to transform local results into lasting national impact.
America Forward FY 22 Appropriations Requests Letter (April 28, 2021)
This letter to Congressional appropriators outlines the America Forward Coalition's key funding priorities in the areas of education, workforce development, national service, and justice programs for Fiscal Year 2022.
2021 House Leadership SNAP E&T Support Letter (March 27, 2021)
America Forward's support letter for the bipartisan Revitalize and Expand SNAP Education and Training for America’s Future Act, or RESET For America’s Future Act, introduced by Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Fred Upton (R-MI).
America Forward Coalition Letter re: OMB Grants Rules (March 23, 2021)
America Forward's final letter to OMB, with comments on its grant guidance regulations, with specific suggestions on how to make them more evidence-oriented, outcome-oriented, and conducive to local innovation.
America Forward Statement on Nomination of Michael Smith to Lead AmeriCorps (June 17, 2021)
America Forward's statement in response to news from the White House that President Joe Biden will nominate Michael D. Smith to lead AmeriCorps (formerly the Corporation for National and Community Service).
Scaling Effective Solutions to Support Latinx Learners and Families (February 1, 2021)
Authored by America Forward Director Nithya Joseph and the National Director of Strategic Partnerships at Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Adrián Pedroza on scaling effective solutions to support Latinx learners and families.
Whole-Learner Approaches are Key to Student Success (January 11, 2021)
In her latest Medium article, America Forward Executive Director Deborah Smolover writes about the critical importance of Whole-Learner approaches to addressing the impact of COVID-19 and creating a more equitable, dynamic education system in the long run.