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AmeriCorps, Senior Corps Serving America’s Youth Every Day

by Adriana Lopez

Each day, thousands of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps national service members devote themselves to service that directly impacts the lives of children around the country. Whether it is teaching kids how to make healthy food choices, working with them on educational skills, or helping families rebuild after a disaster, national service is there.

Senior Corps member Virginia McLaurin speaks during an interview about the Foster Grandparents program on the Today Show.

Recently, some of the good works that national service programs have been doing to make a difference were featured on national television.

As a part of NBC's Education Week, the Today Show joined Foster Grandparents (a Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Corps program) in Washington, D.C., as they mentored students and helped enforce academic concepts. One Foster Grandparent, 104-year-old Virginia McLaurin, talked about the importance of helping kids learn both traditional topics like math and reading, but also social graces like respect. Watch to discover more about the impact experienced by both the youth being served as well as the seniors who are serving.

Talk show host Queen Latifah joins national service members during a playground build in Seaside Heights, NJ.

The Queen Latifah Show also demonstrated the power of national service to make a difference. The show’s host, Queen Latifah, is a native of New Jersey and wanted to do something to give back to some of the children and families hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. She joined with KaBoom!, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and AmeriCorps members to help build a playground for the students of Boyd Elementary in Seaside Heights, NJ. You can view two clips here and here to learn more about this powerful act of service.

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