HERE'S WHAT JOE BELIEVES:
As citizens, we should be expected to do more than pay taxes and obey the law. All Americans should be given the opportunity to serve, as the Franklin Project pursuasively argues. The Franklin Project “envisions a future in which a year of full-time national service—a service year—is a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American.”
Members of every generation should take their first steps into adulthood through national service—whether with the Peace Corps, Teach for America, City Year, Americorps, or Military Service.
Less than 1% of our youth have served in uniform. Because of this, the relational, political, socio-economic, and cultural divides in our country have never been greater. By serving, we can learn to move past personal differences to achieve a higher common goal.
The time has come to enter into a conversation about the benefits of a national service program.