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The American Way to Change. How National Service and Volunteers Are Transforming America

  • ID: 1368582
  • Book
  • May 2010
  • Region: United States
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for The American Way to Change

"The stories of everyday people changing the nation through service come to life in this book. Shirley Sagawa has been at the center of service policy for two decades, and if we follow the blueprint she offers, together we can solve the pressing problems of our day."
Alan Khazei, founder, Be the Change, Inc., and co–founder, City Year

"We are at a critical moment when real change is needed. Service can play a central role in that transformation, and this book spells out how everyone can participate."
Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO, Entertainment Industry Foundation

"Shirley Sagawa has written an invaluable how–to book for accomplishing nothing less than the transformation of our nation."
Marguerite Kondracke, president and CEO, America′s Promise Alliance

"Sagawa vibrantly showcases our new opportunity to leverage civic energy to make a lasting impact. Policy makers, community leaders, and volunteers: this is your road map."
Karen Baker, Secretary of Service and Volunteering for the State of California

"In this book, the godmother of national service and volunteerism takes her ideas to the next level and outlines a new approach to national problem solving one that asks each of us to help reshape America."
Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire state senator

"Sagawa offers a compelling case for the idea that citizen service is a critical strategy for solving the pressing problems of our time."
AnnMaura Connolly, steering committee member, Voices for National Service

"Sagawa shows how we can improve the quality of life in America′s communities through policies that encourage a lifetime of service."
Stephen Goldsmith, chairman, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and author of The Power of Social Innovation

"This book highlights some of the most innovative and successful programs of our time and should be read by any policymaker or active citizen who is looking for effective strategies to solve our most critical social problems."
Harris Wofford, former Pennsylvania state senator, and author of Of Kennedys and Kings, and former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

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About the Author.

1. Introduction.

About This Book.

Part I: Changing Lives: Impacts on Those Who Serve.

2. Powering Life Transitions.

Transition to the Teen Years.

Transition to Productive Adulthood.

Transition from College to Career.

Transition from Career to Retirement.

Transition from Crisis to Coping.

Potential for Transformation.

3. Strengthening Civic Engagement.

Service and Civic Engagement.

How Service Helps.

Political Activism.

Potential for Transformation.

Part II: Tackling Tough Problems: Impacts on Others.

4. Advancing Education.

Early Childhood Development.

Elementary and Secondary Education.

Potential for Transformation.

5. Improving Health and Well–Being.



Potential for Transformation.

6. Helping People and Communities in Distress.



Potential for Transformation.

7. Protecting the Environment.

Conserving Energy.

Protecting the Environment.

Potential for Transformation.

8. Inspiring and Sustaining Innovative Solutions.

Service and Social Innovation.

Today′s Innovators.

Service Alumni Entrepreneurs.

Potential for Transformation.

9. What You Can Do.



Nonprofit Organizations.



Media and Entertainment.


Locally Elected Officials.

State Policymakers.

Federal Policymakers.

Potential for Transformation.

10. Conclusion.

Appendix: High–Impact Service Programs.



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Shirley Sagawa
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