PRESIDENT CLINTON CALLS FOR LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO SERVICE
October 20, 1999
The President and the First Lady today will host over 1,000 AmeriCorps
members and friends to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the national
service program. The President will recognize 21 AmeriCorps award
winners for their extraordinary commitment to service. He will also
unveil a new initiative to engage AmeriCorps alumni in continuing
service to their communities. And, as he highlights the bipartisan
support for AmeriCorps, he will call on Congress to pass a budget that
honors the values and priorities of the American people.
Since September 1994, when President Clinton swore in the first
AmeriCorps members, some 150,000 corpsmembers have served in over 4,000
communities, providing much-needed community assistance, from tutoring
and mentoring to disaster relief and environmental work.
RECOGNIZING EXEMPLARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE
First Annual All-AmeriCorps Award Winners. Today, the President will
announce the first annual All-AmeriCorps awards, designed to honor the
extraordinary contribution that AmeriCorps members have made to their
communities every day. Awards will be presented by Gen. Colin Powell,
Gov. Michael Leavitt, Coretta Scott King, and Sargent Shriver.
UNVEILING AN INITIATIVE TO ENGAGE AMERICORPS ALUMNI IN SERVICE
Continuing Service Initiative for AmeriCorps Alumni. In taking the
AmeriCorps pledge, each AmeriCorps member promises: "I will carry this
commitment with me this year and beyond." Today President Clinton will
issue a renewed "call to service" to former AmeriCorps members and
unveil an initiative to tap the energies and idealism of these alumni.
Specifically, he will announce a new strategic alliance between the
Corporation for National Service and leading non-profit organizations to
engage former AmeriCorps members in community service opportunities.
This alliance will include the National Mentoring Partnership; the Big
Brothers and Big Sisters of America; Habitat for Humanity International;
the American Red Cross; the Boys and Girls Clubs; America's Promise;
the Points of Light Foundation; and the United Way of America.
"Taking Responsibility Personally." The President will also unveil
two 30-second television spots -- part of a new ad campaign, "Taking
Responsibility Personally" -- and a website designed by Yahoo! to tell
the stories of AmeriCorps members.
CALLING FOR A BUDGET THAT REFLECTS OUR PRIORITIES AND VALUES
President Clinton Urges the Congress to Pass a Budget Making
Education and Young People the Top Priority. Emphasizing the importance
of investing in our young people, the President will call on Congress
to pass a budget that makes education the first priority -- by hiring
more highly trained teachers to reduce class size in the early grades,
investing in accountability to help turn around failing schools, and
funding after-school and mentoring programs for young people in