In 2013, the Aspen Institute launched a new venture, the Franklin Project, to build a case for a voluntary civilian service counterpart to military service in the United States. The Project seeks to make "a year of full-time national service a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American." In addition to mobilizing public and political support for such an effort, the project is working with nonprofit leaders, representatives from local, state, and national governments, universities, and major US employers to help establish full-time service year positions within their organizations. The Project aims to create 30,000 new service year positions by 2017, and eventually reach a total of 1 million existing and new positions by 2023.
About the Grantee
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Grants to this Grantee
for membership support of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation
for support of Opportunity to Learn principles in action
The Aspen Institute Education and Society Program works to improve public education by informing and influencing education leaders to take action on matters of education policy and practice. Building on the work of a bipartisan set of policymakers to develop Opportunity to Learn principles, Aspen will support policymakers in advancing an opportunity agenda and facilitating partnerships. This work advances the Education Program’s goal of ensuring that public education provides students with meaningful skills, knowledge, and mindsets by supporting the policies and leadership to ensure a rich vision for public education; creating learning environments for education leaders; and bringing together diverse stakeholders across race, gender, geography and political affiliation. (Strategy: K-12 Teaching and Learning)