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Listen Longer 3/21: National Service

March 23, 2015  • Institute Contributor

Note: Want to learn more about national service and the Aspen Institute Franklin Project? Watch McChrystal’s discussion with journalist Tom Brokaw at the Council on Foreign Relations. The conversation airs live tonight at 6pm ET. And Chelsea Clinton will join talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and ServiceNation tonight to launch Serve a Year

Millennials want to step up and serve their communities and country. How can society provide them with opportunities to do so? The Franklin Project works to create a year of national service — called a service year — as a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American. This week on Aspen Institute Radio, we delve deeper into the opportunity of a service year.

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More Than Military Service


“Our vision is simple: a country where a year of full-time national service is a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American. Our goal is straightforward: create one million service year positions by 2023. We’re here to think about exactly how to get that done, and to begin the long and hard, but worthwhile process of changing what it means to be an American…This is the unfinished work of our time.” – General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, former US commander of the International Security Assistance Force & US forces in Afghanistan and chair of the Franklin Project Leadership Council

Watch McChrystal’s full discussion about military and civilian service.  

Watch more fascinating conversations with McChrystal:

Our Generation, Our Legacy


Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, spoke about the tremendous opportunity for millennials to leave a lasting legacy through national service. She moderated a noteworthy panel with representatives from AmeriCorps, Student Veterans of America, Baltimore Corps, and Service Nation, about making that opportunity a reality.

How does service change your life? Four veterans and service alumni delivered stirring testimonials on service at the Summit at Gettysburg. 

1 Year to Improve Citizenship


Our country is suffering from a deficit of citizenship and a general lack of connectedness. Leaders from both sides of the aisle, including former Cabinet Secretaries Ray LaHood and Dan Glickman, discussed ways national service shapes great citizens.  

The Private Sector & National Service


Leaders from Bank of America, LinkedIn, EBay, Google[x], and Time Warner shared stories of national service’s benefits and opportunities for their companies

Panelist Megan Smith is now the White House’s chief technology officer. We spoke with her about her new role and how to bring digital innovation to the government at the Washington Ideas Forum