The Coalition for Service-Learning, which Campus Compact is a part of, has been advocating for federal funding for service-learning, particularly through the restoration of funding to Learn and Serve America. To encourage action, please contact your senator to ask them to sign on to a Dear Colleague in support of funding for Learn and Serve America.
How to join in:
- By May 16, Reach out to your senator (and any of their staff that you might know) and ask them to sign on to this letter. A sample message is below that you can forward and edit.
- Look up who your senator is, and locate their contact information by clicking on this link and typing in your address.
- Find the e-mail for the staffers for your U.S. Senator.
- You can also send messages through the online contact forms on your senators’ websites.
- If you get a response that they will sign on, please forward that response (or send us a message letting us know) to email@example.com so that we can remove them from our follow-up list.
Dear Senator _____,
On behalf of [YOUR ORG], I am writing to ask you to sign on to the attached letter to Chair Murray and Ranking Member Blunt of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee to support a $250 million annual appropriation for Service Learning Fund programs. These programs would be administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS dba AmeriCorps) through its Learn and Serve America program, which is authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act but has been discontinued due to lack of appropriations since 2011. The letter also includes report language to direct fifty-percent of funds to economically disadvantaged communities and five-percent to Tribes. The deadline to sign on is EOD May 16.
Recovering from the pandemic and building back better will require active participation of young people in our nation’s civic life. Through a relaunch of the Learn and Serve America program, young people can contribute to addressing national challenges, like the pandemic, through service while learning the knowledge and skills necessary for future success. The Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations bill required CNCS to submit a report to Congress to outline the process to restart Learn and Serve America so they are ready to receive these funds in Fiscal Year 2023.
The FY17 NDAA commissioned a report to “increase participation in military, national, and public service to address national security and other public service needs of the nation.” In March 2020, the Commission on Military, National, and Public Service issued its recommendations, and one of its primary recommendations is for Congress to create a $250 million Service-Learning Fund for State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, Institutions of Higher Education, State Service Commissions, and non-profit organizations to develop and implement service-learning programs and opportunities.
These types of opportunities are even more critical now as our nation’s K-12 schools work to increase student engagement in school and mitigate lost time in the classroom to prevent long-lasting effects on students’ achievement, future earnings, and the national economy as a whole. The reestablishment of well-rounded educational opportunities that promote student engagement and learning through nonprofit and afterschool programs like the Summer of Service and Semester of Service programs is a critical strategy in helping students recover from the effects of the pandemic.
We hope you will join us in supporting these cost-effective service-learning programs so that we can provide national service and extended learning opportunities to students across the Nation. Reps. Leger Fernandez and Kim are leading the House letter (https://ispri.ng/XRD96). This letter is supported by the Coalition of Service Learning (Coalition4SL.org).
The deadline to sign onto the letter is EOD Monday, May 16th.
To opt in: Please proceed to this Quill link (for use by U.S. Senate staff only)
For questions, please contact Alexandra_wilcox@vanhollen.senate.gov and firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR ADDRESS (TO IDENTIFY YOU AS A CONSTITUENT)