Heightened interest on the part of the President and members of Congress in national service, along with growing concern about the low levels of participation by young people in political and civic life, suggest that it is time to consider the future direction of national and community service. Focusing attention on the value of national service may help to contribute to the success of the Foundation's Faith in Action program, which seeks to recruit volunteers of all ages to serve as informal caregivers to their neighbors in need through the interfaith coalitions that are being established in communities throughout the country. This grant provides partial support for a conference to be held in fall 2002 to stimulate new thinking about the future shape and purpose of national service in the U.S. Conference participants will include policy-makers, community leaders, social and health service providers, funders, and journalists. A series of commissioned papers that reflect different ideas across the political spectrum will be published and disseminated widely. The project will be considered successful if it generates an active debate among key policy-makers and opinion leaders about future options for national service. The conference sponsor is the International Center for Innovation in Civic Partnership, a new nonprofit organization that seeks to promote political and civic engagement through national service.
Amount Awarded $35,000.00
Awarded on: 4/15/2002
Time frame: 5/1/2002 - 7/31/2003
Grant Number: 44902
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