In 1961, President John F. Kennedy launched America into what he hoped would be a new era of national service. As part of our 2020 agenda, this campaign seeks to augment that civic legacy in an unprecedented way.
Before the age of 25, we should be incentivizing public service from a “Corp” of national service options. Service in our U.S. military, AmeriCorp, PeaceCorp, Red Cross, employment as an educator or teacher, and much more, could meet the options available of a national service. In return for that service – post secondary tuition would be an investment our college generations could earn.
In an era of political fight club, I know service to our country is part of the solution. A more perfect union isn’t built by one political party , or person, or organization, or donor. It’s built by Americans keeping our bonds as citizens strong and secure with one another. National Service helps pave the way.
We were challenged in 1961 to, “Ask not what our country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
This generation has the answer.