American Way to Change How National Service and Volunteers Are Transforming America

ISBN-10: 0470565578
ISBN-13: 9780470565575
Edition: 2010
Authors: Shirley Sagawa
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/3/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

This book will outline a compelling vision of national service at scale and show what this means for our country. By profiling real people who have served, the impact they have made and the nonprofits they worked with, this book will tell a powerful story of change and teach readers (both nonprofits and engaged citizens) how they too can change their own communities through service. For example: Washington DC Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching in an inner city school in Baltimore. She went on to found the New Teacher Project, which has placed 23,000 teachers in hard to fill jobs and sparked important reforms in teacher hiring. Now she is a nationally recognized school system leader, pursuing reforms once thought impossible in a large city district.The author will paint a picture of successes like these, demonstrating their impact in individual communities and how this was done. It will show how America would look if programs like these operated at scale across the country -- not just in one or two neighborhoods, but wherever they were needed. It will describe how we can achieve this goal, through action at the community and organizational level. It will help nonprofits create successful service programs to tackle different issues by offering examples and key lessons. Finally, it will speak to ordinary Americans about what they can do to make a difference -- by advocating, joining AmeriCorps or volunteering in their own communities.

Foreword
Prologue
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
About This Book
Changing lives: Impacts on Those Who Serve
Powering Life Transitions
Transition to the Teen Years
Transition to Productive Adulthood
Transition from College to Career
Transition from Career to Retirement
Transition from Crisis to Coping
Potential for Transformation
Strengthening Civic Engagement
Service and Civic Engagement
How Service Helps
Political Activism
Potential for Transformation
Tackling Tough Problems: Impacts on Others
Advancing Education
Early Childhood Development
Elementary and Secondary Education
Potential for Transformation
Improving Health and Well-Being
Health
Aging
Potential for Transformation
Helping People and Communities in Distress
Poverty
Disaster
Potential for Transformation
Protecting the Environment
Conserving Energy
Protecting the Environment
Potential for Transformation
Inspiring and Sustaining Innovative Solutions
Service and Social Innovation
Today's Innovators
Service Alumni Entrepreneurs
Potential for Transformation
What You Can Do
Individuals
Groups
Nonprofit Organizations
Educators
Business
Media and Entertainment
Philanthropy
Locally Elected Officials
State Policymakers
Federal Policymakers
Potential for Transformation
Conclusion
Appendix: High-Impact Service Programs
Notes
Index

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