Expand national service. I will create more opportunities for Americans to participate in national service, creating economic and educational opportunities while improving communities. I will significantly expand AmeriCorps to allow hundreds of thousands of more Americans to serve their communities through organizations such as City Year, YouthBuild, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and other community organizations. To achieve this, I will grow AmeriCorps to 250,000 members annually, fulfilling the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. And I will create a National Service Reserve to enable millions of Americans across the country to engage in part-time volunteer service to their communities, taking on the most pressing challenges identified by state and local leaders and earning recognition for their contributions. Read more here.
Increase access to higher education. I believe that if you serve your country through national and community service, you should be able to earn meaningful educational benefits. New College Compact will build on the current AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, on top of her plans to make debt-free college available to all by doubling the Segal Award and making it tax-free so that AmeriCorps members can earn more than $10,000 for college for every year of full-time service.
Bring Americans together. I strongly believe in the power of service to break down barriers by bringing together Americans from all backgrounds and uniting them in common purpose. I will ensure that national service remains at the top of his agenda as a broad-based solution to expand opportunities for people across America and strengthen our communities and our country.