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Presidential 2016: LIFT – Helping Americans Realize Big Dreams & Better Futures

Posted by America Forward on Oct 26, 2016 2:17:53 PM


Thanks to the persistence of social innovators across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This ongoing blog series highlights the voices of our Coalition of more than 70 social innovators and their solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems, as well as examples of how this powerful work can be transformed into national change. Today we will hear from Molly Day, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth at LIFT, about how they empower families to break the generational cycle of poverty through a holistic model that offers personal, social, and financial supports.

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Tags: LIFT Communities, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, LIFT, venture philanthropy

Presidential 2016: Making the FAFSA More Accessible for Today’s Students

Posted by America Forward on Oct 25, 2016 3:45:52 PM


The following post was written by Kelly Graham, a Senior at Northeastern University in Boston and Co-Op on the America Forward team. Kelly is supporting America Forward’s Today’s Student work during the Presidential cycle.

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Tags: education, POTUS, President Barack Obama, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, College, FAFSA, venture philanthropy

Presidential 2016: Promoting Innovative Community Solutions for the Next President

Posted by America Forward on Sep 19, 2016 12:43:30 PM




The following post was authored by Nicole Truhe, Government Affairs Director at America Forward.

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Tags: Election, Election Season, government, Nicole Truhe, POTUS, president, Republicans, SiriusXM, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, #AFPresidential16, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, Democrats, Election Day

AMERICA FORWARD APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT

Posted by America Forward on Sep 14, 2016 11:54:23 AM




Members of the America Forward Coalition issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act on Tuesday, September 13, 2016:

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Tags: education, National Service, Pay For Success, Poverty Alleviation, Senate, social innovation, America Forward Coalition, Criminal Justice Reform, Early Learning, public health, Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, workforce development, 21st Century Act

Presidential 2016: Military Service to Community Service – Veterans Get the Job Done

Posted by America Forward on Sep 12, 2016 2:50:15 PM




Thanks to the persistence of social innovators across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This ongoing blog series will highlight the voices of our Coalition of more than 70 social innovators and their solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems, as well as examples of how this powerful work can be transformed into national change. Today we will hear from Spencer Kympton, a former U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot and President of Coalition organization The Mission Continues, about the power of mobilizing veterans and deploying them as service volunteers to rebuild communities across the United States.

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Tags: Congress, Detroit, Los Angeles, Organizations, Religion, #AFPresidential16, America Forward Coalition, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, gender, John F. Kennedy, Spencer Kympton, Veterans, Washington DC, Andrew Jackson, Department of Veterans Affairs, George Washington, U.S. Army, Black Hawk, Civic Leaders, Dwight Eisenhower, Sexual Orientation, U.S. Armed Forces

Presidential 2016: The Power of a Service Year

Posted by America Forward on Sep 6, 2016 2:01:51 PM




Thanks to the persistence of social innovators across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This ongoing blog series will highlight the voices of the more than 70 organizations in the America Forward Coalition, and their solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems, as well as examples of how this powerful work can be transformed into national change. Today we will hear from Shirley Sagawa, CEO and President of Service Year Alliance, about how service year programs can solve problems at scale, improve educational and employment opportunities, and connect Americans and diverse communities.

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Tags: aspen institute, Aspen Institute Franklin Project, Building Bridges Coalition, Campus Compact, Citizen Schools, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Joplin Tornado, National Conference on Citizenship, National Peace Corps Association, Reading Partners, Service Year, Service Year Alliance, Shirley Sagawa, Teach For America, The Corps Network, #AFPresidential16, America Forward Coalition, America's Service Commissions, AmeriCorps, Amplify Blog, City Year, College Possible, Gen. Stan McChrystal, Malaria, Peace Corps, Voices for National Service, YouthBuild USA

Presidential 2016: Making a Global Bridge Year of Service the New Normal

Posted by America Forward on Aug 25, 2016 11:00:28 AM




Thanks to the persistence of social innovators across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This ongoing blog series will highlight the voices of our Coalition of more than 70 social innovators and their solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems, as well as examples of how this powerful work can be transformed into national change. Today we will hear from Abby Falik, Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, about the importance of leveraging service and global bridge year opportunities to prepare today’s youth for college, career, and beyond.

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Tags: Brazil, Malia Obama, NGO, Senegal, Stanford, Teach For America, Abby Falik, #AFPresidential16, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, Davis Peace Prize winners, Fulbright Scholars, Global Citizen, Global Citizen Year, Harvard, Peace Corps

Presidential 2016: National Service Programs & Corps – Cost-Effective Solutions To Our Nation’s Most Pressing Social Problems

Posted by America Forward on Aug 24, 2016 11:15:33 AM



Thanks to the persistence of social innovators across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This ongoing blog series will highlight the voices our more than 70 social innovators that make up the America Forward Coalition and their solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems, as well as examples of how this powerful work can be transformed into national change. Today we will hear from Mary Ellen Sprenkel, Chief Executive Officer of The Corps Network, about the importance of leveraging national service programs to develop cost-effective solutions to some of our nation’s biggest challenges.

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Tags: CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, FEMA, Franklin D. Roosevelt, GED, High School Diploma, Income, Mary Ellen Sprenkel, National Service, Political Background, The Atlantic, The Corps Network, 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act, #AFPresidential16, America Forward Coalition, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Disaster Services, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Ethnicity, Faith, General Stanley McChrystal, National Park Service, Presidential, The Great Depression, WWII

Presidential 2016: Democrats & Republicans Identified Common Challenges in their Platforms & America Forward has the Solutions

Posted by America Forward on Aug 15, 2016 9:31:00 AM



The following post was written by Juanita Tolliver, Manager at America Forward.

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Tags: Country, education, government, Innovation, Juanita Tolliver, Nicole Truhe, Pay for Results, Pay For Success, Red Tape, REDF, Religion, Republican, Stanford Social Innovation Review, #AFPresidential16, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, College, Democrat, Entrepreneurship, family, Genysys Works, skills gap, Workforce, YearUp

Presidential 2016: Five Ways the Next President Can Advance the Evidence-Based Policy Movement

Posted by America Forward on Aug 4, 2016 9:59:28 AM


Thanks to the persistence of social innovators across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This ongoing blog series will highlight the voices of our Coalition of more than 70 social innovators and their solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems, as well as examples of how this powerful work can be transformed into national change. Today we will hear from Nicole Truhe, America Forward’s Director of Government Affairs, about the Pay for Success movement we’ve seen at the federal and state levels, and why the next President should embrace this movement.

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Tags: Community Solutions Tax Credit, Corporation for Supportive Housing, ICS, Institute for Child Success, LISC, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Nicole Truhe, Pay For Success, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, CSH, DARPA, Data, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Federal Agency, Government Affairs, Low Income Housing Tac Credit, New Market Tax Credit, Third Sector, Third Sector Capital Partners