The Real Value of AmeriCorps

Written by Judith Fenlon

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National Community Service Trust Act, which created the AmeriCorps program. In 1994, the first class of 20,000 AmeriCorps members began serving in more than 1,000 communities nationwide. Twenty years later, there are still people committing a year to national service.

I entered the program in November 2001, a recent college graduate with a sense of purpose and patriotism, following the terrorist attacks on September 11. I longed for a sense of community in a confusing time….

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