October 07, 2009

Important Policy Update From NSLP's Policy Director!

Dear Service-Learning Advocates:

My name is Ace and I’m the Policy Director for NSLP. First, thank you so much for our support of service-learning and our organization. I write you because we need your help in nurturing key relationships in Congress. These relationships are very important as we promote policies that give more youth in this country meaningful opportunities to engage in service-learning.

Recently, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that recognized the benefits of service-learning in helping youth become stronger students in the classroom and more engaged citizens in the community. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) and cosponsored by Reps. Matsui (D-CA), Kennedy (D-RI), Ehlers (R-MI), and Price (D-NC). Shortly, after this resolution passed through the US House, the Senate introduced its own resolution under the leadership of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The initial co-sponsors of this resolution are Sens. Bayh (D-IN), Cochran (R-MS), Collins (R-ME), Dodd (D-CT), Feingold (D-WI), Gillibrand (D-NY), and Mikulski (D-MD). If you are represented by one of these members of the House or Senate (especially Rep. Platts and Sen. Murray), please call them, thank them for their support, and encourage them to continue to promote service-learning as they craft the nation’s education policy. If you know of other advocates for service-learning represented by these members, please let them know as well. If your Senator is not a current co-sponsor of this resolution, this might be a great opportunity to call them, share your stories, and ask them to co-sponsor. You can reach these members by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. It's a critical time for service-learning and it is so important to let Congress know that service-learning works and we care. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you again for your support and for working with us to redefine education in the 21st century.

In service,


Ace Parsi
Policy Director
National Service-Learning Partnership

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