Past Event


Making the Case for National Service

Opportunities for Developing 21st Century Skills and Supporting Economic Growth

National service programs are a critical part of developing human capital, encouraging economic growth, and reducing inequality. National service programs can create an opportunity for people to overcome challenges and disadvantages and acquire critical workforce skills and experience. As Congress debates the budget, it’s important that cuts to national service programs are rejected. Instead, new investments should be made as part of a smart workforce development and economic growth strategy.

Please join the Center for American Progress as we engage policymakers, the business community, and national service program leaders for a discussion on the need to protect and encourage the growth of national service programs, as well as new ways to expand and strengthen national service.

Welcome:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Jonathan Lavine, Chair of City Year’s National Board of Trustees; Managing Partner, Bain Capital

Keynote remarks:
Sen. Cory Booker, (D-NJ); former Mayor of Newark

Personal reflection:
Ashley Bembry-Kaintuck, City Year Washington DC ’13 alumna; Associate Producer, Discovery Communications

Distinguished panelists:
Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Jonathan Lavine, Chair of City Year’s National Board of Trustees; Managing Partner, Bain Capital
John Gomperts, President & CEO, America’s Promise Alliance; former Director of AmeriCorps

Moderator:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress