More NewsInvesting in Opportunity YouthNational Leadership InstituteNews ArchiveFirst Lady Michelle Obama Speaks About Public Allies at NATO SummitLos Angeles Ally Reflects on LA Riots of 20 yrs agoPublic Allies Pittsburgh Tells Their StoryPaul Schmitz Makes The Nonprofit Times Top 50 Power & Influence List for Second TimeCEO Paul Schmitz, Top Sector Leaders Discuss Collective Solutions to Community Problems (Courtesy Stanford Social Innovation Review)Statement on the federal budget and fiscal cliff negotiationsPublic Allies Mourns Loss of Richard MurphyPublic Allies Meet with the PresidentPublic Allies Expands to Iowa, Metro DetroitPress Release: Announcing the publication of "Everyone Leads"News alert: CEO interview airsLive ChatText of Paul Schmitz's Independent Sector SpeechOn Leadership: New Washington Post Commentary by Public Allies CEO.Family Services Director Welcomes Public AlliesPittsburgh Magazine names site director to "Top 40 Under 40" listPublic Allies Expands to Three More CitiesIndianapolis Graduates Its Inaugural Class of AlliesDavid McKinney Named to FellowshipFamily Services of Metro Orlando Partners with Public AlliesPublic Allies CEO Named to List of Top 50 Nonprofit "Power & Influence" LeadersMacArthur Antigua is named an NGen FellowMilwaukee Ally Spotlighted on Local TV NewsCincinnati Ally Curates "Short Straw" ExhibitPublic Allies CEO Co-Authors Article About Social Innovation FundOn Leadership: Washington Post Commentary by Public Allies CEOMichelle Obama Said:"The happiest time of my life was working to build Public Allies"First Lady mentions Public Allies, announces social innovation fund to TIME 100Program provides opportunity in challenging job marketSchool of Social Work Announces Partnership with National Leadership Training GroupCompany's Nonprofit Academy Helps Prepare LeadersPublic Allies has stellar record of producing public servantsPublic Allies and Public Allies Alumnus were reconized by President Obama during signing of serviceStatement By The President on the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America ActNike Foundation CEO Nominated as CEO for CNCSNation needs youthful idealism more than everWith Finance Disgraced, Which Career Will Be King?Community Organizing Never Looked So GoodJourney For JusticePublic Allies Alumna is the First Lady of FunnyThe Chronicle of Philanthropy Tells the Story of Public Allies, the Obamas and the ClintonsCEO Featured in National Article on Nonprofit WorkforcePublic Allies Featured in National Study FindingsPublic Allies New York's New Executive DirectoreUpdate: March 2012 CincinnatieUpdate: March 2012 Alum Steve RamoseUpdate: April 2012 Janet DeJesuseUpdate: April 2012 Tower ExerciseeUpdate April 2012 - Jon Bon JovieUPDATE July 2011 | Central FloridaeUPDATE July 2011 | Twin CitieseUpdate Aug 2011 | PaulSeUpdate Aug 2011 | DelawareeUpdate Aug 2011 | MiamieUpdate Jan 2012 FriaeUpdate Feb 2012 Skid RoweUpdate Feb 2012 Charles AdamseUpdate Feb 2012 Gift SeatImportant Messages from CEO Paul SchmitzContact Us

Statement By The President on the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secrectary

_____________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                                March 26, 2009

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE EDWARD M. KENNEDY SERVE AMERICA ACT

I’m so pleased that the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act -- legislation that will usher in a new era of service. I want to applaud all those who have worked so hard to see this bill through, and I am eager to sign it into law.

This legislation will help create new opportunities for millions of Americans at all stages of their lives. From improving service learning in schools to creating an army of 250,000 volunteers a year dedicated to addressing our nation's toughest problems. From connecting working Americans to a variety of part-time service opportunities to better utilizing the skills and experience of our retirees and baby boomers. This legislation will help tap the genius of our faith based and community organizations, and it will find the most innovative ideas for addressing our common challenges and helping those ideas grow.

It is fitting that this legislation is named after Ted Kennedy, a person who has never stopped asking what he could do for his country. This legislation is not just a tribute to the service to which he has dedicated his life, it is a call to action for the rest of us. Our work is not finished when I sign this bill into law – it has just begun. While our government can provide every opportunity imaginable for us to serve our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities. To do our part to lift up our fellow Americans. To realize our own true potential. I call on all Americans to stand up and do what they can to serve their communities, shape our history and enrich both their own lives and the lives of others across this country.
read more