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Shirley Sagawa Archives

A Chance to Make America Better

The Serve America Act would give us a chance to fix many of our problems in the United States, but some amendments could gut its benefits, writes Shirley Sagawa.

by Shirley Sagawa | Monday, March 23, 2009

Students Can Improve National Service

Visiting Fellow Shirley Sagawa testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on college students and national service.

by Shirley Sagawa | Tuesday, March 10, 2009

America: A Service Nation

On the 15th anniversary of AmeriCorps, Shirley Sagawa examines how far the program has come, and the opportunities for expanding national service.

by Shirley Sagawa | Friday, September 12, 2008

Making the Most Out of Service

Service learning keeps students engaged and boosts graduation rates, but we need to rethink the way programs are funded, writes Shirley Sagawa.

by Shirley Sagawa | Friday, April 25, 2008

A Small Business Administration for Non-Profits

The nonprofit sector is America's best hope for solving the pressing problems facing its communities. Unfortunately, too many nonprofits are high on mission and passion but weak on resources and strategy. As a result, they struggle to achieve the impact they seek, operating inefficiently, with limited use of technology and without access to expertise they need. To help small businesses in a similar situation, we have the Small Business Administration. What's needed is an SBA for nonprofits – a government agency that can provide funding and guidance to the nonprofit sector.

by Shirley Sagawa | Monday, April 21, 2008

Leaders for Every Sector

book_alt2 icon Report Report shares anecdotes, discussions, and data to further the discussion about how national service can help prepare us for the future.

by Shirley Sagawa, AnnMaura Connolly, Tamara Chao | Wednesday, March 5, 2008

AmeriCorps Study Shows Improvement

Shirley Sagawa released some results from her upcoming report, which show that AmeriCorps can fill an important void in American education.

by Shirley Sagawa | Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Serving America: A National Service Agenda for the Next Decade

book_alt2 icon Report Senior Fellow Shirley Sagawa outlines a plan for transforming national service into large-scale efforts to solve America’s most pressing problems.

by Shirley Sagawa | Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Summer of Service: A New Rite of Passage for Young Teens

Proposals to boost summer community service among teenagers before they enter high school are promising, says Shirley Sagawa.

by Shirley Sagawa | Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Half-Million Strong: AmeriCorps Volunteers Make a Difference

National AmeriCorps Week is a timely reminder of the important public services provided by this progressive program, writes Shirley Sagawa.

by Shirley Sagawa | Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Shirley Sagawa

Shirley Sagawa is a Visiting Senior Fellow at American Progress. A national expert on children and youth policy, Shirley Sagawa has been called a “founding mother of the modern service movement” for her work on national service. Her new book, The American Way to Change, highlights ways that volunteer and national service is an important […]

| Thursday, March 29, 2007