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Colin Powell left a legacy of hope for millions of children | The Enquirer

October 26, 2021: In an op-ed honoring General Colin Powell, John Bridgeland writes," The Powells saw the high school dropout crisis as a wedge that could move the five promises and a nation to benefit millions of kids." Read here

Private Sector Roundtable | Welcome.Us

October 26, 2021: "Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, and White House Coordinator for Operation Allies Welcome Jack Markell led a roundtable with CEOs to discuss the role of the private sector in effectively welcoming and resettling our Afghan allies." Read the White House statement here

Big Moment for National Service | The Hill

October 13, 2021: Mary Ellen Sprenkel, CEO of The Corps Network, and John Bridgeland support a Civilian Climate Corps and the CORPS Act. "America, across all its divisions, could use the big idea of national service to foster a generation of diverse leaders who can work together to get things done," they write. Read here.

NEW REPORT: Building A Grad Nation 2021

October 6, 2021: The high school graduation rate was at an all-time high of 85.8% in 2019, the final school year unaffected by the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic. The convening partners of the GradNation campaign—America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University—highlight key learnings about high school graduation in our country from the newly released 2021 Building A Grad Nation report. Read here.

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Afghan Resettlement | NPR

October 7, 2021: "The White House has put former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in charge of helping oversee efforts to resettle Afghan refugees." He has been in close touch with John Bridgeland, Co-Chair of Welcome.Us to help Afghan refugees make a home in the U.S. Listen here.  

Bridging Partisan Divides | Dallas Morning News

September 24, 2021: "...in the true spirit of E pluribus unum, three former presidents and first ladies have joined together, along with faith-based groups and more than 250 nonprofit organizations and businesses, to address the needs of the thousands of Afghan refugees already in the U.S. and the many more we should welcome." Read here.

Resettling Afghan Refugees | Welcome.Us

September 14, 2021 — Welcome.Us launched to support the thousands of Afghan refugees coming to America who need clothing, food, and shelter. The movement is co-chaired by Cecilia Muñoz and John Bridgeland, former Directors of the White House Domestic Policy Council under Presidents Obama and Bush, respectively. In addition to the Welcome.Us website platform, Americans can donate to the Welcome Fund, which will provide grants to nonprofits supporting this work. Looking for other ways to get involved?

The 9/11 effect: By the numbers | The Christian Science Monitor

September 2, 2021 — John Bridgeland reflects on 9/11: "We have to build on the legacy of 9/11 and the growth we saw in service and volunteering programs to usher in a generation of commitment to civic renewal at a time when our country needs it more than ever." Read here

Resettling Afghan refugees is America at its finest | The Hill

August 24, 2021 — John Bridgeland and Cecilia Muñoz, senior adviser to New America and former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Obama, encourage Americans to mobilize support for Afghan refugees. They write, "But what if, in addition to scrutinizing our government’s work, Americans mobilized to help support Afghan refugees today and learned about the challenges they and other refugees and asylum seekers face?" Read the full op-ed here: https://thehill.com/opinion/international/568994-resettling-afghan-refugees-is-america-at-its-finest?rl=1

WH Makes Back to School Push for Student Vaccinations| NYT

August 6, 2021 — With vaccination rates lagging among young people, the administration wants to incorporate vaccination into school sports physicals and is asking schools to host vaccine clinic. Read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/05/us/politics/school-vaccinations-biden.html

COVID Safe Zones | USA Today

August 5, 2021 — Dr. Mark McClellan (Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy), Andy Slavitt (former White House senior advisor), and John Bridgeland (Civic and the COVID Collaborative) call upon the help of American businesses to create COVID Safe Zones through measures that minimize the risks of COVID-19. These steps include maximizing vaccinations, requiring proof of vaccination, regular testing, incentivizing vaccinations, and mask use in accordance with CDC guidelines. Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/08/05/private-sector-covid-safe-zones-help-end-pandemic/5487027001/

Schools Must Connect Learning to Real-World Experience | EdSurge 

July 26, 2021 — Civic's Matt Atwell and CASEL's Justina Schlund write that service-learning and social and emotional learning will help re-engage students after the COVID-19 pandemic. The op-ed shares five action steps for district leaders to close the SEL and SL implementation gaps. Read here.

A fresh start: let's heal America's divisions | The Hill Op-Ed

July 19, 2021 — John Bridgeland and Tim Shriver urge us to heal America's divisions before her 250th birthday. During the pandemic, "it became clear we can’t address each of these crises in isolation. They must be tackled at once," they write. Read the full op-ed here: https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/563285-a-fresh-start-lets-heal-americas-divisions-before-her-250th-birthday