Service

Franklin Project

Illumination Grant

The Franklin Project, a program of the Aspen Institute, is working towards a future where young Americans between the ages of 18 and 28 engage in a fully paid, full-time year of national service as a cultural expectation, common opportunity and civic rite of passage. The Project’s goal is to massively expand the number of young adults who spend a year of public service (including AmeriCorps and similar service year programs), and to expand the number of organizations and government agencies that deploy them. This gives American youth the opportunity to serve and improve their country through service work in one of an array of areas including health, poverty, conservation, or education.

The Illumination Fund supported the 2014 Summit at Gettysburg that convened leaders from the country’s public, private, and civic institutions, along with 300 participants from the private sector, higher education, government, the military, philanthropy, and non-profit organizations to collaborate and commit to this idea of service year as a rite of passage for all 18- to 28-year-olds.


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