March 13, 2020​

NATION'S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE HITS RECORD HIGH OF 85.3%

The U.S. Department of Education today released data showing the high school graduation rate for the class of 2018 hit a record high of 85.3%. This is continued progress, according to the leaders of the GradNation campaign, but much more must be done to close equity gaps and support all students in earning a quality diploma that prepares them for their futures.

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Why We Need National Service | NPR WHYY

May 22, 2020 — John Bridgeland was a guest on National Public Radio in Philadelphia talking about national service with U.S. Senator Chris Coons, who has introduced legislation to expand national service.  See link to NPR interview here: https://whyy.org/episodes/the-call-for-national-service/ 

DC Summer Institutes Guest Speaker | William & Mary

May 19, 2020 -- John Bridgeland virtually joined Professor Drew Stelljes' William & Mary summer class to discuss his time in the White House and offer career advice to the students. 

8 Life Lessons I Learned From My Mother| Thrive Global

May 10, 2020 -- John Bridgeland reflects on his mother's life and love this Mother's Day. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/mothers-day-wisdom-life-lessons-from-my-mother/ 

We Need National Service. Now.| NY Times

May 7, 2020 — David Brooks writes about the need for national service, referencing Civic Founder & CEO John Bridgeland:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/opinion/national-service-americorps-coronavirus.html

George W. Bush Call for End to Pandemic Partnership| NY Times

May 3, 2020 — In a video, the former president, who generally avoids speaking out on current affairs, urged Americans to “remember how small our differences are” in a time of crisis. President Trump swiped at him in response.

A Call to UNITE| Unite Us

May 1-2, 2020 — Chair Tim Shriver and Co-Chair John Bridgeland discuss a call to humanity, service and giving back: https://livestream.com/accounts/26575064/events/9062104/videos/205441370/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfo=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=true&mute=false

 

Following their conversation, the event featured President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

500,000 Service Year Jobs| The Boston Globe

April 30, 2020 — John Bridgeland and Alan Khazei call for 500,000 Service Year Jobs now in an op.ed for the Boston Globe:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/30/opinion/just-like-great-depression-we-need-500000-service-year-jobs-now/?event=event12

Ask Not: National Service in Times of Crisis| The Miller Center

April 24, 2020 —  John Bridgeland and Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, joined a panel moderated by William Antholis, Director and CEO of the Miller Center, to discuss national service, civic responsibility, and presidential leadership as we face 2020's daunting coronavirus challenge. See the event livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2x9trtWQhQ. 

Civic Engagement & COVID-19| Curry School of Education

April 22, 2020 —  John Bridgeland spoke to a class for the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia about national service and civic engagement in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Professor Jackie Jodl is teaching the course and Pure Edge’s Chi Kim opened the class with insights and exercises related to stress reduction.  

'Staying At Home' is an Act of Service| The Sunday Paper

April 12, 2020 — John Bridgeland writes that during these uncertain times, "We are called upon by circumstances, loved ones, presidents or raw human need to forget ourselves and serve others." Read here

The Right Way to Help Small Businesses| POLITICO

April 8, 2020 — "America’s small business economy is in a state of crisis. We all know that keeping small businesses afloat is the key to keeping the coming recession as shallow as possible." Read the op-ed by John Bridgeland, Alan Khazei, and John Arensmeyer here

Civic Workshop| Stanford Graduate School of Business

April 8, 2020 — John Bridgeland presented and participated in a Civic Workshop class for the Stanford Graduate School of Business taught by Keith Hennessey. 

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