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Service News Digest: CNCS In the News

by Kate Enos

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.

New education push: 1 million volunteers to help struggling students

By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

Christian Science Monitor, March 31, 2011

Talk about the need for volunteers is nothing new, but this moment could be different, says Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency overseeing service initiatives. Read more>>

Young man's life is transformed by 'a push and a chance' at YouthBuild

By Sheila Stroup

New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 31, 2011

Reginald Aguillard, is a success story from a program called YouthBuild, a program for young adults who don't have a high school diploma. It helps them get a ged and build skills. Dipo Mosadomi's , right, tutored Reginald who went on to get an AA degree and then graduated from a four-year college. He is currently working and plans to do an MBA at LSU. Read more>>

From foster system to independent living

By Christopher Hong

The Kansan, March 31, 2011

StopGap will be an “18-24 month transitional program that accepts youth between the ages of 16-21” for kids who have or are about to age out of the foster system. It will be a permanent housing situation that will teach kids essential life skills, assist their pursuit of education and employment and provide mentoring services. The program will help kids about to make the transition into independent living as well as those who have nowhere to go after leaving the foster care system. Read more>>

Students spend time testing water quality and analyzing insects

By Denise Dick

Youngstown News, March 31, 2011

The program is made possible through a federal Learn and Serve America kindergarten-through-12th-grade grant awarded to Earth Force, a nonprofit group that focuses on community problem solving and water. General Motors is a partner in the project. Read more>>

Atlanta launches volunteerism plan

By Ernie Suggs

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 29 2011

“The Cities of Service initiative is a meaningful investment in our city and a demonstration of the spirit Atlanta has shown for decades,” Elder said. Read more>>

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