What About The Peace Corps?
Clinton to offer national service initiative during Florida swing
By John Wagner September 30 at 5:00 AM
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Hillary Clinton will announce plans Friday for a new program geared toward helping people under age 30 participate in national service, according to an aide.
The Democratic presidential nominee is scheduled to detail her initiative during a speech here in this presidential battleground state.
It comes during a stretch when Clinton has stepped up efforts to appeal to millennials, a demographic that she lost heavily to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Democratic primaries. Though Clinton is performing better than Republican nominee Donald Trump among young voters, polls have showed an unusually large number considering casting a ballot for a third-party candidate this year.
The Clinton aide provided few details about what she will propose during her speech but said the initiative will reflect Clinton’s belief that “people want to pitch in and help, whether by rebuilding schools, cleaning up neighborhoods, helping people find jobs or families find housing or any of a million other kinds of service Americans perform every day.”
Last year, as she was gearing up for the primaries, Clinton said she was committed to tripling the number of members of the AmeriCorps service program to 250,000. That goal was set in legislation signed by President Obama but remains elusive.
Clinton also proposed doubling the financial award, to more than $23,000, for those who complete two years of full-time AmericaCorps service and works another year in public service.
I ask: What About Peace Corps Volunteers? We have been around longer than AmericaCorps!
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You are absolutely correct, John. The financial burden on Peace Corps Volunteers represents a real barrier to service for so many otherwise qualified and interested citizens.