Center for American Progress
This report, produced to shore up support for service programs, says they are effectively addressing a new array of issues, such as homelessness and health care, and stresses their success in helping youth and young adults receive a good education and gain employment. For instance, it notes academic, attendance and behavioral improvements among youth served by AmeriCorps’ EducationWorks program, in which youth workers run extracurricular clubs and summer camps in urban schools. The report urges policymakers to continue to fund the growth and innovation of the programs, and encourages volunteer service among middle school students, recent college graduates, disconnected youths and retired adults. Free, 21 pages. (202) 682-1611, www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/09/pdf/national_service.pdf.