Service Year Alliance Statement In Response To Trump Administration’s Proposal To Eliminate National Service In The FY20 Budget

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Sagawa: “National service is powerful because it yields a triple-bottom line: transforming the lives of the young people who serve, the communities they serve in, and the civic health of the country. It has the power to unite Americans in common purpose and address unmet needs in our communities like the opioid epidemic and education inequity. Republican and Democratic policy makers dating back to FDR have called on Americans to serve. We are asking Congress to continue that bipartisan legacy.”

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Sagawa says: “We are fighting for a future where every young person, regardless of their background, has an opportunity to serve. It is essential that we build upon our investment in programs like AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and YouthBuild to make that future a reality. As such, we are calling on members of Congress to once more reject the President’s proposal and expand national service so a year of service becomes a common expectation and opportunity for all.”

About Service Year Alliance
Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. Expanding service years, with programs like AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and YouthBuild, has the power to revitalize cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty. Learn more at

SOURCE Service Year Alliance

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