The Aspen Institute's Franklin Project Announces 21st Century National Service Summit

The Aspen Institute's Franklin Project Announces 21st Century National Service

Speakers include Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Arianna Huffington, Chelsea Clinton,
Wendy Kopp, and Barbara Bush

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ASPEN, Colo., June 24, 2013

ASPEN, Colo., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today the Aspen
Institute hosts the 21st Century National Service Summit as the first ever
signature lead-in event to the Aspen Ideas Festival. On June 24 and June 25,
2013, the Franklin Project will convene 275 leaders from business, labor,
higher education, government, military, faith-based community, philanthropy,
and nonprofit organizations, offering new perspectives on the next generation
of national service in America. Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret., US Army), John
Bridgeland and Alan Khazei, co-chairs of the Franklin Project, together with
its Leadership Council, and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson
will present bold new ideas to make national service a common expectation and
opportunity for all young Americans. The Franklin Project is also releasing
the 21st Century National Service Action Plan. Participants will also have the
opportunity to make specific commitments to fulfill the vision of the Franklin


This action-oriented Summit will make the case for scaling up national service
and include remarks and testimonials from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Former
Commander, International Security Assistance Force & US Forces Afghanistan and
chair of the Franklin Project's Leadership Council; CNN Senior Political
Analyst and Director of Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership
David Gergen; Vice President Biden's Chief of Staff Bruce Reed; former Deputy
Undersecretary of Defense Rob Gordon, Clinton Foundation Board Member Chelsea
Clinton; Former US Senator Mel Martinez; Corporation for National and
Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer; Journalist, Author & Former California
First Lady Maria Shriver; Civic Enterprises CEO and Franklin Project Co-Chair
John Bridgeland; City Year Co-Founder and Franklin Project Co-Chair Alan
Khazei; ABC News Contributor Matthew Dowd; Former Undersecretary of Defense
Michèle Flournoy; Teach for America Founder and Chair Wendy Kopp; former
Governor of Idaho, U.S. Senator & US Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne;
Global Health Corps CEO and Co-Founder Barbara Bush; Target Community
Relations President Laysha Ward; Huffington Post President, Chair and
Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington; Former Bush White House Director of the
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives John DiIulio; PBS
President Paula Kerger; White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic
Participation Director Jonathan Greenblatt; Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie
Hessler-Radelet; Former Assistant to President George W. Bush, Michael
Gerson; New Orleans, LA Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Providence, RI Mayor Angel
Taveras; Nashville, TN Mayor Karl Dean; Bank of America Foundation President
Kerry Sullivan; and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

"America is mobilizing to fulfill the power of large-scale civilian national
service and to make serving the nation, either as a civilian and or in the
military, a new rite of passage for all young Americans," said Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, chair of the Franklin Project Leadership Council.

The Franklin Project was born out of Gen. McChrystal's remarks at the 2012
Aspen Ideas Festival on the astonishingly low number of Americans engaged in
military service and the need for a civilian service equivalent to strengthen
our social fabric and address pressing national challenges. Since October
2012, the Franklin Project has convened diverse stakeholders and conducted
rigorous research to develop concrete, pragmatic policy proposals to initiate
a new era in which a common ethic of service is embedded into our national
identity. More information on the Franklin Project is available online at

John Bridgeland, co-chair of the Franklin Project said, "National service is
the key to national strength. We need to harness the idealism and energy of
young Americans to help solve our nation's toughest challenges and give them a
stake in our democracy."

Alan Khazei, co-chair of the Franklin Project, added, "This incredible
gathering of key leaders at the National Service Summit demonstrates an
extraordinary level of commitment to service from across sectors. This Summit
will highlight an indispensable opportunity to instill an expectation of
national service as a fundamental part of the American experience."

The Franklin Project's Plan of Action, which will be released at the Summit,
challenges all young adults to commit to one year of full-time service. The
Plan of Action includes the following specific policy ideas and

  oNational Service Corps to Meet National Challenges: Create national
    service corps through national service organizations that bring together
    people of different backgrounds and zip codes to be trained and work
    together in solving pressing public problems.
  oAgency Corps: Develop new corps within federal departments and agencies
    that mobilize citizens through national service to solve public problems
    at lower cost to the taxpayer.
  oProfessional Corps: Enable young professionals to participate in national
    service programs that allow them to unleash their talent and training to
    help those in need.
  oNational Service Certification: Launch a National Service Certification
    System, a private-public partnership that leverages technology to enable
    thousands of nonprofits, colleges, public agencies, and social enterprises
    to create full-time national service positions with support from the
    private and public sectors through a "kickstarter" for national service.
  oCivilian Service By and For Veterans: Provide flexibility within the GI
    Bill to permit veterans to use a portion of their existing benefits to
    perform up to a year of civilian national service to help address problems
    in communities and improve more veterans' transitions back home.
  oFulfill the Vision of the Serve America Act: Support the full
    implementation of the Serve America Act, which calls for 250,000 national
    service positions by 2017.
  oNew Pathways to Service: Forge new pathways to service including a "bridge
    year" of service before college or career and a year of service to help
    reconnect disconnected youth to school and work.

The Franklin Project also released new research in coordination with the 21^st
Century National Service Summit, including Voters for National Service: a
national survey of registered voters conducted by Hart Research Associates and
funded partially by Target which found that 80 percent of registered voters
support a system of voluntary national service for people of all ages that
provide a living allowance and education award. Seventy-six percent of
respondents said increasing public funding for national service is worth it,
to address the significant number of applications to programs like AmeriCorps
and Peace Corps. Additionally, 48 percent of registered voters said they would
be interested in participating in a national service program in the future.
The plan, as well as additional research, is available at the resources tab of or directly at A summary of the
discussions at the National Service Summit as well as some video clips will
also be available online post-summit.

The Franklin Project is generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, Target,
Accenture, Bank of America, Burson Marsteller, TIME Magazine, Laura & Gary
Lauder, Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the
Hauptman Family Foundation, Case Foundation, Entertainment Industry
Foundation, Bright House Networks, State Farm, Voices For National Service,
and The MCJ Amelior Foundation.

About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Instituteis an educational and policy studies organization based in
Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values
and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The
Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on
Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an
international network of partners. For more information,

SOURCE The Aspen Institute's Franklin Project

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