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Service-Learning in Space!

Space Shuttle Astronaut, Educator Joseph Acaba's Message to Students

February 20, 2009

Joseph Michael "Joe" Acaba (born May 17, 1967) is an educator, hydrogeologist, NASA astronaut and Florida service-learning practitioner. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut candidate, when he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Training Group 19. He completed his training on February 10, 2006 and is currently assigned to STS-119, which was launched on March 15, 2009 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station.

In the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 school years, Joe helped coordinate a Florida Learn & Serve project at Dunnellon Middle School in Marion County.

During the project, 120 7th-8th graders in the school's Science Center Program engaged in environmental protection and improvement activities with the SW Fla. Water Mgt. District. Activities included wetland data collection and analysis, exotic species removal, native species restoration, and water quality sampling.

The students conducted ongoing water quality monitoring in the rivers, removed exotic vegetation in the state park, awarded mini-grants to other teachers to conduct projects, worked on the Cross-Florida Greenways Trail, and gave presentations to other students to teach about watershed protection through their PAWS (Promoting Awesome Watershed Stewardship) program.

Click below to see a video message from Joe Acaba about the importance of education and his preparations for the NASA trip.

 

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Securing the Blessings of Liberty in the 21st Century: Why Democracy Cannot Be a Spectator Sport
Orlando, Florida
November 18, 2008

Keynote speaker for the 2008 FASS Institute

Delaine Eastin
The Tuesday November 18 keynote speaker for the FASS Institute was Delaine Eastin, who is a passionate voice for improving education. Delaine led California’s efforts to integrate service learning and engaged scholarship into state policies and legislation.

Delaine served two terms as California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. As the highest-ranking official in California's elementary and secondary school system, she was the first woman in California’s history to be elected State Superintendent. She spearheaded a major initiative for service learning as well as efforts to improve academics instruction, reduced class sizes in K-3 and led the effort to implement statewide standards, assessments, and a system of accountability.

To download the full text of her speech, please click here.

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No work is more important than getting our young people in the game of democracy and we adults can use their wonderful optimism. You have begun that important work in Florida already. I salute your work. This work can do much to bring back America’s optimism….which I might add we often get from children.

Remember children can leap great barriers in a single bound.
They have imagination.

Children can see through anything. They see with their hearts.

Children move mountains the old-fashioned way. They have faith. Remember St. Paul to the Corinthians?

Over the years of visiting schools, I’ve had an awakening. At first it may seem to you like a trivial semantic distinction. To me, it is much more. To me it explains the power of a child’s dream.

When we look into the eyes of a child, we often say we see the face of hope. I now realize, after talking with so many children, that it’s the face of optimism.

There is a difference. We hope with our fingers crossed. Optimism is a hand waving in the back of the classroom.

Optimism is running to the library.
Optimism is trying again and again at the language lab, the computer lab, the basketball hoop.

Optimism is a homeless girl wading in the tide pools dreaming of being a marine biologist. I met her in California. She is here in Florida I am certain.

America is not just in need of hope. The beautiful possibility is obvious. America is in need of a good case of optimism. You catch it from children and young people.
And ladies and gentlemen, I am a carrier.

Let us continue our important work on this wonderful morning in America. And let us do so with optimism. Thank you.

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RELEASE DATE: 11/24/08

Learn and Serve America Grantee Materials Roundup:

Thank you to all of the Learn and Serve America grantees and subgrantees who are supporting the service-learning field by sharing their materials through the Clearinghouse!

This past month we have received a record number of submissions, in the form of library materials, photos, publicity items, and sample forms. In fact, we received so many that we couldn't fit them all in our recent newsletter! As a result, we're putting out this special addendum to the monthly newsletter to share these great resources with you, and hopefully to inspire you to submit your own!

Whether or not you're a Learn and Serve America Grantee, let others know about the successful approaches used in your service-learning program. Submit today at http://www.servicelearning.org/library/mat_contrib/index.php.

Learn and Serve America Grantee Materials Roundup:

Remember that Learn and Serve America grantees must send the Clearinghouse all program evaluations and other material developed through their funded activities.
http://www.servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/grantee_submitted_mats.php

Beyond the Freeway: City Planning (Guidebook)
Learn and Serve America Ohio
Beyond the Freeway: City Planning is a module designed to give students a greater appreciation and understanding on the inner workings of the community in which they live…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8168

Bullying, Conflict Resolution, and Service-Learning: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
This module takes students from the high school level and teaches them important information about bullying…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8171

College Visits: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
Part of preparing students about safety is getting them to think seriously about their own future…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8169

Community Safety Survey: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
The first step to community disaster preparedness is understanding what the awareness level is within your community…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8170

CPR: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
Homeland Security and Hometown Safety encompass many aspects of our daily lives…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8172

Emergency Shelter: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
As schools grow and/or needs of a community change, new school buildings are often built to replace older out-of-date facilities…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8173

Emerging Leaders: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
This purpose of this module is to stimulate conversation and provide information on service and creating social change through leadership…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8174

Family Safety: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
This module was created with to address one of the key aspects of Hometown Safety; awareness and preparedness…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8175

High School Safety Hunt: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
The High School Safety Hunt is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness about a number of different safety issues…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8209

High Impact Project Manual: Diversity for Senior, Capstone, and Culminating Projects (Student Handbook)
Service-Learning Northwest
There are three separate High Impact Project Manuals, each with a different theme…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8126

High Impact Project Manual: Environment for Senior, Capstone, and Culminating Projects
Service-Learning Northwest
There are three separate High Impact Project Manuals, each with a different theme…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8125

High Impact Project Manual: Social Justice for Senior, Capstone, and Culminating Projects (Student Handbook)
Service-Learning Northwest
This manual addresses social justice concerns, and is divided into four sections…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8124

Information for Administrators, Educators, Parents, and Students: Resources for Senior, Culminating, or Capstone Projects
Service-Learning Northwest
The “senior project” has been defined as a culminating high school initiative that demonstrates your students’ ability to write, speak, acquire and use…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8127

Jump Starters Summit: Planning a Service-Learning Conference for Youth
Heartland Foundation
In this guide you will find information to help plan a Jump Starters Summit, which is a forum for students to showcase their service-learning projects…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8210

Keepin' It REAL: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
This module uses the “Keepin’ It REAL” curriculum to teach students how to resist the influence of negative peers as well as other environmental factors in the school and community…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8210

Kidsapalooza: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
The Kidsapolooza Learning Module engages students in a service-learning activity that benefits the greater community…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8211

Learn and Serve Ohio 2006-2007 Annual Report
Learn and Serve Ohio
This report provides a glimpse at the efforts of Learn and Serve Ohio during the 2006-2007 period, including a message from the evaluator…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8167

Mock Disaster: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
The Mock Disaster Learning Module can serve as a standalone project or in conjunction with other Learning Modules dealing with natural disasters and preparedness…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8212

Right to Read: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
Homeland Security and Hometown Safety encompass many aspects of our daily lives…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8213

School Bus Emergency Drill: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
The School Bus Emergency simulation Learning Module was originally implemented as a final exercise to the schools Teen SERT program…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8215

School Safety Photo Guide: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
School buildings can be complex structures, with numerous halls and paths connecting various parts of the school to each other…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8216

School Safety Walk Around Survey: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
Sometimes when we encounter the same environment day after day, be it out homes or schools. It can be easy for important safety practices and features to go unnoticed…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8217

Seat Belt Safety: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
Homeland and Hometown security encompasses many aspects of daily life, including the daily commute or trip to school…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8218

Service-Learning With a Side of Hometown Security: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
In our post-September 11th society many organizations have implemented updated safety procedures and emergency plans…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8219

Student Safety Corps: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
The Student Safety Corps is a trained group of students who serve two functions…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8220

Teen SERT: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
The Teen SERT program is a version of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8221

Service-Learning and the Constitution: Suggestions for the Study of Civics and United States Government and Citizenship
Utah State Office of Education
This document outlines the various essential ideas that teachers might use in instruction of civics, U.S. government, and citizenship…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8130

Service-Learning at Calvine High School
Calvine High School
This video, produced by Calvine High School in Elk Grove, California, presents information on a service-learning project in which…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8159

Service-Learning Strategies: Idaho's Practical Guide to Service-Learning
Idaho State Department of Education
This is a guide for school district administrators and teachers as they create or improve their service-learning program, regardless of their previous experience in service-learning…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8224

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Sober Minded: A High Impact Project Manual Focusing on Underage Drinking Prevention (Student Handbook)
Service-Learning Northwest
The purpose of this manual is three-fold. First, to provide readers with the awareness of the issues involved with youth alcohol use…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8129

Tobacco Prevention: Culminating Project Tools for Students
Service-Learning Northwest
This High Impact Project Manual focuses on tobacco prevention, and is divided into four sections…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8128

Tornado Safe Practices: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
A new school facility has recently been built. The building has been remodeled and a new structure has been added on to accommodate grades K – 6…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8222

Water Testing: A Learning Module
Learn and Serve America Ohio
Ownership of our shared environment is a key part of developing stewardship in future generations. However, the issues of quality control and standards for environmental factors can seem distant. This module aims to bring the matter directly to the students…
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8223

Year 2 Site Visit Report: Centennial Learning Center
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8151

Year 2 Site Visit Evaluation: Clover Park High School
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8154

Year 2 Site Visit Evaluation: Commodore Options
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8153

Year 2 Site Visit Report: Friday Harbor High School
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8152

Year 2 Site Visit Evaluation: Heritage High School
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8149

Year 2 Site Visit Evaluation: Nathan Hale High School
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8148

Year 2 Site Visit Evaluation: Riverdale High School
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8147

Year 2 Site Visit Evaluation: Windward High School
Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest
Site visits in this second year of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest grant focused on four Essential Elements of service-learning: …
http://servicelearning.org/library/lib_cat/index.php?library_id=8150

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RELEASE DATE: November 18, 2008

Nicola Goren to Run National Service Agency through Transition

Washington DC – Nicola O. Goren, an 11-year veteran of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will lead the agency through a transition that will include laying a foundation for the incoming Administration’s service plans.

Goren, who served as the agency’s Chief of Staff for the past two years, begins her tenure as Acting CEO at a time of strong momentum and opportunity for the agency and the larger service and volunteer movement. Goren will lead the agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America until a new CEO is appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate.

“Service and volunteering make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day,” said Goren. “I am deeply honored and excited to work with our extraordinary board, staff, and grantees to support our programs, prepare for the transition, and seize the growing momentum for service in America.”

Goren said two forces are converging to make this an opportune time for national service and volunteering. First, the economic downturn has threatened our civic infrastructure and put more Americans in need of services that the voluntary sector can provide. Second, this increasing demand comes at the same time as service is gaining unprecedented levels of support across government, business, nonprofit, and education sectors.

From the expansion of corporate social responsibility programs and the embrace of service-learning on college campuses to the introduction of several bipartisan national service bills in Congress and the comprehensive service agenda of President-elect Obama, service is increasingly being seen as a solution to social challenges. “The Corporation has never been stronger, more efficient, and better positioned than it is today, and we are ready to work with the incoming Administration to take national service to the next level of success and impact,” said Goren. In a message to grantees, Goren said her priorities will be to focus on the core work of the agency, ensure a smooth transition, and strengthen the service infrastructure.

The agency has been preparing for the transition for several months. The Corporation’s bipartisan board of directors will also play a key role in the transition. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such as strong board and their leadership and insights will be especially valuable in the transition. Our board is a model of how people from different parties can work together to get things done.”

Board Chairman and former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith also noted the convergence of need and support for national service in welcoming Goren to her new role. “The Corporation is well-respected, high performing and it enjoys bipartisan support. The national service and volunteering agenda also benefit from strong momentum and increasing public awareness. Nicky has the experience, judgment, and ability to ensure that we extend the gains we’ve made and bridge the organization as it prepares for a new CEO to be appointed in the next administration.”

Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Goren worked in the Corporation’s Office of General Counsel for eight-and-a-half years as Associate General Counsel, where she led the AmeriCorps rulemaking effort and other major projects. Before coming to the Corporation in 1998, Goren spent five years in the legislative branch, working first with the Congressional Budget Office and then with the Office of Compliance. She is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Brandeis University. Goren resides in the District of Columbia with her husband and two sons.

The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year the Corporation engages more than four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet local needs through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

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RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2008

Student Service on the Rise, but Less Connected to Learning

New report shows fewer schools using effective education strategy

Washington, DC -- The Corporation for National and Community Service today released a new report showing that community service in America’s schools has reached a new peak, with 68 percent of all K-12 schools offering or recognizing service opportunities for their students.

The report, Community Service and Service-Learning in America’s Schools 2008, found that the prevalence of community service has risen in K-12 schools, up from 64 percent from a similar study conducted in 1999. High schools are especially supportive of community service, with a whopping 86 percent of high schools recognizing student service, up from 83 percent in 1999.

While school-based community-service has remained robust, the percentage of schools with service-learning declined from 32 percent in 1999 to 24 percent in 2008.

The report provides an in-depth look at the prevalence of community service and service-learning in public schools and provides insight into recent trends. It is the result of a survey of a national sample of more than 2,000 K-12 public school principals across America conducted by the Corporation in partnership with the independent research firm Westat. The results were released today at a meeting of several hundred educators, youth advocates, and policymakers at the Academy for Education Development. To view the full report and other information, visit www.NationalService.gov/research.

“This report comes at a critical time when our educational needs are great, our resources scarce, and our educators are searching for answers,” said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation. “The number of students failing to graduate is rising to epidemic proportions. Yet we see that many schools are missing a key opportunity to use this proven strategy to help their students become more motivated and engaged both in and out of the classroom.”

The report found that a majority of schools with students participating in recognized community service activities also arrange at least some of these activities for students. This is a positive sign that that schools are increasingly committed to the ethic of community service and the value it provides to their students, schools, and community.

The growth of community service in America’s schools is likely a contributing factor to the increased levels of civic engagement in today’s youth. UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that 66.7 percent of students entering college in 2006 believe it to be very important to help others in difficulty- the highest percent in 26 years. Research continues to show that introducing people to service while they are still young can set them on a path to lifelong civic engagement. CIRCLE reports that young people who volunteer are more likely to believe that they can make a difference in their community. The Corporation’s 2007 report, Leveling the Path to Participation, also found that youth from disadvantaged circumstances who volunteer are more likely to feel empowered to make an impact than those who don’t volunteer.

The decline in service-learning may be attributed, at least in part, to principals’ beliefs about the benefits of service-learning. According to principals, the primary reasons that schools engage in service-learning is because it helps to augment students’ civic behaviors. For example, 53 percent of principals reported in 1999 that they value service-learning as a way to help students become more active members of the community. A large body of research shows that service-learning has many positive effects on students’ academic achievement and engagement in school. Yet, only 12 percent of principals reported in 1999 that they value service-learning participation as a way to improve student achievement in core academic courses.

Research confirms that service-learning is a strong vehicle for enhancing and deepening the learning experience to improve both civic and academic behaviors. Service-learning can also diminish “risky behavior” and behavioral problems at school and help students develop social confidence and skills. While community service also has positive impacts on students, service-learning offers a much more substantial service experience through structured activities that give youth leadership roles and connect the activities to reflection and learning.

“Schools across America have rallied around community service and they are to be applauded,” said Dr. Robert Grimm, the Corporation’s Director of Research and Policy. “But research shows that service-learning offers more meaningful service opportunities for students and has numerous impacts on both students’ civic and academic success. Service helps learning come alive. It is time to put learning back into service.”

Other key findings of the study include:

· The majority of school districts do not provide service-learning policies, according to school principals. Only 19 percent of school principals report that their districts have a policy that promotes service-learning, and 28 percent of principals do not know whether their district has such a policy.

· Elementary schools are the least likely to offer service-learning activities. 20 percent of elementary schools have service-learning programs, compared to a quarter of middle schools and over a third (35%) of high schools. Furthermore, over half (51%) of elementary school principals believe their students are too young to engage in service-learning.

· The class gap in service learning is decreasing but still exists. Schools in low-income areas are significantly less likely to have service-learning activities than other schools. In 1999, schools in low-income areas were 57 percent less likely to have service-learning activities; in 2008 they were only 35 percent less likely to offer service-learning. Still, only 20 percent of schools in low-income areas currently offer service-learning activities compared to 27 percent of schools that are not in low-income areas.

The Corporation for National and Community Service supports the expansion of service-learning and community service through program grants from Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps; research reports on youth service and service-learning; recognition programs; and training and technical assistance. Educators and administrators interested in service-learning can visit the Corporation’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse at www.servicelearning.org to find free curriculum and other tools to help integrate service-learning into their schools.

The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year the Corporation engages more than four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet local needs through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

GAAS:639:08 For Immediate Release: Contact: Aaron McLear

Thursday, September 11, 2008 Camille Anderson 916-445-4571

Gov. Schwarzenegger and Secretary Baker Applaud the Governor of New York for Creating the 2nd Cabinet Post for Volunteerism in the Nation

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California’s Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker today applauded Governor Paterson for creating a state cabinet post for service and volunteering in New York:

"I applaud Governor Paterson for creating a state cabinet post for volunteering in New York. In California, by creating the first state cabinet secretary for service and volunteering in the nation we have increased action by the nonprofit and corporate sectors to expand California's service and volunteer programs. Our most precious resource is the compassion and generosity of our people, ad some of my proudest moments as Governor have come after seeing California’s volunteers rise up to meet the challenges that are simply too massive for government alone to tackle – such as during our devastating Southern California wildfires and a recent oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. I urge more governors and the next President to take this step to ensure hardworking nonprofits and volunteers have a voice at the highest levels of government."

In February 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger took first-in-the-nation action by creating a state cabinet secretary for service and volunteering in California. Established to encourage volunteerism in the state and to improve coordination of volunteer efforts between the state's departments and agencies, the Governor’s action gave California volunteers and nonprofits a voice at the highest level of state government.

"I congratulate Susan Stern on her appointment to the cabinet of New York Governor David Paterson," said California's Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker. "I know first-hand the great opportunity this increased profile creates for the nonprofit and volunteer sectors. I look forward to new partnerships on collaborative initiatives to strengthen our states’ communities."

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Source: CaliforniaVolunteers.Org

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints First Secretary of Service and Volunteering in the Nation

On February 26, Governor Schwarzenegger took first-in-the-nation action to encourage volunteerism in California and to improve coordination of volunteer efforts between the state’s departments and agencies. The Governor signed an executive order to establish the new position of secretary of service and volunteering. The secretary will be a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.

“Government can give direction, it can provide an impetus, but real change has to come from each and every one of us. I want to move civic engagement to the highest levels of state government, which is where it belongs,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Californians’ desire and will to serve are there in abundance. We must do everything we can to harness this incredible resource.”

The executive order, signed today by the Governor, will raise the profile of service in the Golden State to a national level; improve coordination of vital volunteer activities statewide and support local service efforts; encourage more Californians to become involved with service and volunteerism; help California respond to natural disasters and emergencies; and give California’s volunteers a voice at the highest levels of state government. This is all without adding any new net costs to the state budget.

“I'm a big believer in uniting people to create change and achieve a positive legacy in their own lives, in their communities, in their state and beyond and it is through the act of service that this goal can be attained. Today as we elevate service, we elevate our fellow Californians to be 38 million strong,” said First Lady Maria Shriver.

California’s volunteers have a positive multi-billion dollar impact on the state’s economy every year. In 2006, volunteers contributed approximately 858 million hours of service to the California economy—a value of more than $17.4 billion. A one percent increase in the number of Californians who volunteer would equal approximately 365,000 new volunteers contributing 48 million hours—equal to nearly $1 billion in service to the state.

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