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Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller spoke yesterday morning at the Clinton School about the need for affordable housing for struggling Americans. Fuller discussed the origins of his organization and it’s roots as a Christian nonprofit. CLICK HERE to watch his full speech. As seen in the photo below. He also took time afterward to visit with Clinton School students about public service and decent housing.
Fuller’s 29-year leadership of Habitat for Humanity saw the worldwide Christian housing ministry build 200,000 homes in 100 countries worldwide. He founded Habitat with his wife, Linda, in 1976. Currently, he travels and speaks worldwide and has earned international recognition for his work advocating decent, affordable housing for all. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Clinton in 1996. In 2005, he founded The Fuller Center for Housing to promote collaborative and innovative partnerships among individuals and organizations with missions to foster adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Former Clinton School intern and Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts graduate James McKinney, now a student at the University of Chicago, was published today on the front page of TIME Magazine’s Web site, www.time.com. A summer intern with TIME, James wrote a story on the growing use of curfews to quell crime sprees in American Cities. CLICK HERE to view the article.
In the meantime, James is also working hard to give back to his hometown of Forrest City, Ark., where he is organizing a four-day workshop to teach African American and Hispanic high school students the importance of “Taking the Next Step,” to seek a higher education. The events in the workshop include ACT preparation, a siminar on corporate culture and a voter registration drive, among other activities. Events beging Tuesday, Sept. 23, and run through Friday, Sept. 26. For more information on how to attend or volunteer, contact James at email@example.com, or 870-519-5445.
Posted by ERIC WILSON – I received notice from ServiceNation officials, that due to “Secret Service limitations, we have a lower seating capacity” for tonight’s presidential forum than previously planned. With the doors opening at 4:30 pm EDT, I’m about to head over to Columbia University’s Lerner Hall where Senators Obama and McCain will be asked about their opinions on service and civic responsibility, major themes at both the Democratic and Republican National conventions.
Before I go, I want to bring your attention to one of the Summit’s major goals this week, and it starts tonight. They are trying to get 1 million signatures for their Declaration of Service. Starting at 8:00 pm EDT, you can go to http://www.servicenation.org and add your name, declaring your support for the idea that service to community and country unites Americans and meets the challenges of our time. Check it out.
Posted by ERIC WILSON – After reading TIME Magazine’s September 2007 cover story, “The Case for National Service,” Alan Khazei, founder and chief executive of Be the Change, went to visit TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel and suggested a national summit on service.
ServiceNation begins today in New York City as the two presidential candidates put their campaigns aside to discuss how their possible administrations will view the role of citizenship and service in a post-9/11 America. According to Politico, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are expected to shake hands on stage in between separate conversations moderated by Stengel. I plan to be onsite to take pictures and blog later tonight; however, you can watch it live starting at 8pm EDT on CNN, MSNBC and possibly Fox.
The Clinton School’s mission to prepare leaders for public service joins ServiceNation in its campaign to have 100 million Americans volunteering every year by 2020. To find out more about ServiceNation click here. Until my next post, please take a look at these statistics in reference to the Millenial Generation (Americans born between 1978 and 1996):
*50 million of them will be voters in 2008.
*65% of them are volunteering in high school, more than any previous generation.
*58% volunteer at least monthly.
*70 of 18-24 year olds believe that politics is relevant in their lives.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – KAIT Channel 8 out of Jonesboro, Ark., was on hand to cover the Clinton School students’ visit to Newport we reported on yesterday. CLICK HERE for the video.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Clinton School staff member Eric Wilson is attending the launch of the ServiceNation campaign in New York City tomorrow and Friday. With a forum featuring presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama discussing their ideas for national service, the event is being held on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to call all Americans to public service. Eric will be posting on the Clinton School Blog about his experiences. CLICK HERE for more information on the event.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, spoke yesteray at the Clinton School about the role of historic preservation in sustainable development. As seen in the photo below, Moe took time to visit with Clinton School students beforehand. CLICK HERE to watch a video of Moe’s speech.
Moe leads the National Trust in its mission to save the nation’s diverse historic places and create more livable communities for all Americans. One of America’s leading organizations dedicated to historic preservation, the National Trust has approximately 270,000 members, publishes the award-winning Preservation magazine, and has six regional offices and 26 historic sites from coast to coast.
Moe visited with Clinton School students prior to his speech.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Three Clinton School students, Emily Fischer, Joanna Klak and Todd Moore today were introduced to the Newport, Ark., community where they will be helping to plan a Delta Visual Arts Center this year. The project is part of the school’s Practicum program which requires the students to complete “in-the-field” public service projects. The mission of this project is to help establish a center that will work as a regional arts engine to draw people into the community, and provide a key component in the downtown revitalization effort of Newport. CLICK HERE for a press release about today’s event.
Students Todd Moore, Emily Fischer and Joanna Klak were introduced to the Newport community.
Dean Skip Rutherford described the project at the press conference.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – KARK Channel 4 in Little Rock picked up our press release this morning about the projects the new Clinton School students will be completing throughout the state this year. They’ll be in Newport, West Memphis, Marvell, Helena-West Helena, and Little Rock among other areas throughout the state completing their Practicum public service projects. CLICK HERE for more.