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.
Sen. Cory Booker, (D-NJ); former Mayor of Newark
Ashley Bembry-Kaintuck, City Year Washington DC ’13 alumna; Associate Producer, Discovery Communications
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
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress