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Wordless Wednesday is a weekly feature on Serve.Gov that shines the spotlight on spectacular projects and organizations by telling their story through photos alone.

On Wednesday, I was on hand for the release of an important report that shows our nation is making progress on increasing high school graduation rates, but we have much further to go and must accelerate our efforts.

Last month, the National Service-Learning Partnership joined with Learn and Serve America to challenge our nation’s young people to use their education to make a difference in their local and global community. Over the last four weeks, more than 360,000 people responded.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining First Lady Michelle Obama as she launched the newest effort within the Let’s Move! initiative, Let’s Move Faith and Communities. Let’s Move! is the First Lady’s initiative to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

Thursday, the First Family continued their annual tradition of service on the day before Thanksgiving at Martha’s Table, a community based non-profit organization in Northwest DC. The Obama Family handed out turkeys, pumpkin pies, stuffing and other groceries to families of the Martha’s Table community. Watch a video from their visit:

This Thanksgiving, as we gather with family and friends to express gratitude for all that we have been given, let us also renew our bonds to one another, and recommit to serving a cause larger than ourselves.

As the Strategic Advisor for Native American Affairs it was my honor to represent the Corporation for National and Community Service at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 67th Annual Convention titled, “Strong Tribal Nations; Strong America".

On Thursday November 18th, the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) campus in the Atlantic Region held its 16th graduation ceremony in Brooklyn Park, MD. Two-hundred and sixteen national service members were honored for 10 months of full time service to the country.

A year ago, Detroiter Constancio Yanas was a high school dropout with bleak prospects. Today, armed with his GED, work skills and money for college he earned in AmeriCorps, he has a construction job and will be starting community college this winter.

In just six short hours, a group of 500 volunteers built a state-of-the-art playground for students of the Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in Washington D.C. on Saturday October 23, part of a nationwide celebration of Make a Difference Day.


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