March 13, 2009

Service-Learning United Policy Update -2/24/09

On February 24, 2009, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) announced the introduction of their “Service for All Ages” initiative, a group of four bills that will expand and strengthen opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities. The initiative includes two bills that specifically address service-learning and youth civic engagement: the Semester of Service Act and the Summer of Service Act.

Click the legislation title below to read the full bill text and view the list of co-sponsors:

Semester of Service Act (S.465)The Semester of Service Act will give students in their junior or senior year of high school the opportunity to spend a semester participating in community service-learning for academic credit.

Summer of Service Act (S.466)The Summer of Service Act will create a competitive grant program that enables states and localities to offer students making the transition from middle to high school an opportunity to participate in a structured community service program over the summer months.

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