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Community Service Trust Act With the passing of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 there is increased focus on integrating student community service volunteerism and service learning into the curriculum Service learning can be a key to unlock our nations potential Promising that national service will strengthen the cords that bind us together as a people President Clinton signed legislation creating AmeriCorps The new program scheduled for late 1994 will in its first year provide 20000 young people with 7425 in annual wages plus health benefits and child care benefits if needed and 4725 in educational benefits in exchange for a full year of grassroots community service work In a Mac Arthur Foundation publication on youth service Judy Karasik reported that America is experiencing an explosion of youth idealism activism and commitment to engaged citizenship In record numbers Americans are reaching out It is no longer a matter of noblesse oblige in which the rich reach down to help the poor Todays volunteers are people of every socioeconomic level helping each other There are still wealthy philanthropists who serve those less privileged but the women who would have served in previous generations are now working for pay at demanding jobs They are often too exhausted to add community service to their other responsibilities From Miami to Seattle the United States of the 1990s is ripe for answers to the seemingly insurmountable social problems plaguing large cities and small towns While we have almost become indifferent to the familiar litany of socital ills--crime drugsteen pregnancy homelessness juvenile delinquency--the response to many of our community problems has been a new student activism burgeoning on our college campuses Programs range from student organizations assisting the US Marines with their annual Toys for Tots program to full-time internships in social service agencies A week after Hurricane Andrew struck southern Dade
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