March 12, 2002 |
President Bush will visit Philadelphia this morning to highlight his call for Americans to devote at least two years, or 4,000 hours, of service to their communities. Bush will meet volunteers at the People's Emergency Center, a West Philadelphia shelter for homeless women and children, and then head to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where he will talk about service. In his State of the Union address, Bush announced the creation of the USA Freedom Corps, an umbrella organization for hundreds of thousands of volunteers.
January 20, 1995
The President drew his line in the sand this week. He is willing to deal in the brave new world of the Republican Contract, speed the pace of reinventing government, attempt to make welfare work. But try to take away the national service corps, and that's it - no more Mr. Nice Guy. Take it away? It's a good bet that most Americans don't know the six-month- old program - called, AmeriCorps - exists. (Which is a problem from the get-go.) AmeriCorps is a type of domestic Peace Corps, enlisting college-age youths to help tutor and immunize, to rebuild tumbled-down housing and assist local police.
April 3, 2009 |
I'm driving to work, talking by cell with my son. AmeriCorps, I tell him. Peace Corps. VISTA. In these tough times, if you can't find a real job, there are options that help your community. With pay! "Yeah, yeah, I'm looking into it," the college senior tells me. Times are tough for graduates, and my oldest son is getting antsy. He wants a master's degree but may need to wait and work for a year or two. Many young people are counting on the Obama administration, which wants to expand programs such as AmeriCorps to help young people finance their college education and work in their communities during this catatonic economy.
March 15, 1997 |
The star-power Presidents' Summit for America's Future, to convene in Philadelphia next month, requires every city's delegation to include two young people for a conference that is, after all, focused on children and youth at risk. So, Philadelphia, meet your youth delegates: Jahi Davis, 20, is a 1995 graduate of Dobbins Technical High School who works as an AmeriCorps intern. He's involved in mentoring, tutoring and after-school programs at Nebinger Elementary School in South Philadelphia.
September 19, 2000 |
Randy Harris, a former drug addict and convicted bank robber who is HIV positive, is lucky to be alive. And he believes now is the time to help save the lives of others. With the help of a $500,000 grant from the federal AmeriCorps program, his job just got a whole lot easier. Harris, 35, is one of 58 volunteers who will work in four Philadelphia-area AIDS organizations and receive a monthly stipend and an educational grant from Access To Care Through Services, an Americorps-funded program that's the first of its kind in the nation.
August 17, 1997 |
They've stolen cars and vandalized buildings. They've talked back to their elders, dropped out of school or run away from home. Some have been known to drink too much or to abuse drugs. Now, a county agency proposes to ship them out. Beginning next month, troubled youths from across eastern Pennsylvania will be packing their bags and climbing onto a 72-foot English galleon-style sailboat, now docked at the end of Mill Street, and setting sail for two-week jaunts down the Delaware.
December 29, 2010
The gift of $750,000 by philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest to boost college-attainment rates is a reminder that the city must use all available tools to prevent students from dropping out. One vital program helping Philadelphia students to stay in school is City Year, which pairs young adult mentors with at-risk kids in the classroom. It's part of the AmeriCorps national service effort, and has operated in Philadelphia since 1997. In the current school year, City Year has 225 members working in 20 schools throughout Philadelphia.
October 12, 2000 |
Playing his role as chief fund-raiser for the Democratic Party, President Clinton swept through Pennsylvania's two largest cities yesterday in an effort to drum up hundreds of thousands of dollars for the final four weeks of the election campaign. Clinton, in Philadelphia, also attended the swearing-in of new volunteers in AmeriCorps, the national service organization that is up for reauthorization in Congress but faces some GOP opposition. The biggest beneficiary of the Clinton campaign stops in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia may have been U.S. Rep. Ron Klink, who is seeking to oust Republican Sen. Rick Santorum.
June 24, 2003
Re: Tony Auth's June 19 cartoon: "Innocent" is not a word that can be easily applied to those detained by the Ashcroft Justice Department. The very first act most of these detainees committed in this country was a crime. They entered our nation illegally or overstayed their visa, thereby becoming lawbreakers. If our government had taken enforcement of immigration law more seriously, it is quite possible that 9/11 could have been avoided. From a rubber-stamp State Department handing out visas like party favors, to local police departments that pride themselves on turning a blind eye to those found to be in this nation illegally, we leave ourselves open to jihadists who would like nothing better than to destroy our civilization.
July 6, 2003
Rendell should veto bill easing helmet law We must not allow the motorcycle helmet law, which saves lives, to die. The Pennsylvania legislature has voted to weaken the 35-year-old, lifesaving law. If the changes take effect, more than 99 percent of all motorcyclists and their passengers will be able to ride through Pennsylvania without helmets. Our hope for protection for motorcyclists and their families lies in the hand of Gov. Rendell. I, and others who work in emergency departments, will be among the first to see the folly of an age-specific helmet "mandate" if it becomes law. Just last week I treated an injured motorcyclist who couldn't wait for the helmet law to be repealed; he also admitted on that day that his helmet had saved him from severe head injury and possible death.