AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Celebration

AmeriCorps marked its 20th anniversary on September 12, 2014, and thousands across the nation -- including four U.S. presidents -- celebrated the milestone for the national service program.

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  1. On September 12, AmeriCorps celebrated its 20th anniversary with events around the country, including a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to replicate the AmeriCorps launch on the exact same day in 1994.
  2. This was truly a historic day for national service, and we have taken some time to pull it all together. So grab a bowl of popcorn, find a comfy chair, and relive all the Ameri-Happiness.
  3. We have collected videos, photos, tweets, blogs, new stories, and all kinds of other reflections. And if this isn’t enough, we have assembled an AmeriCorps 20th YouTube playlist containing more than six hours of videos specially made for the anniversary. Or you can check out our AmeriCorps 20 photo gallery with pics from around the country.
  4. Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer joined President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton for the powerful and inspiring event that welcomed the 20th class of AmeriCorps members while celebrating the program's legacy.
  5. You can watch the entire White House ceremony below.
  6. AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary - South Lawn of The White House - September 9, 2014
  7. September 12 was the culmination of a yearlong celebration of AmeriCorps. You probably a lot of this special AmeriCorps 20th anniversary logo.
  8. As we entered the home stretch to the anniversary, we highlighted the ways AmeriCorps is helping our nation "get things done" in a series of infographics.
  9. How AmeriCorps Gets Things Done In the l...
    How AmeriCorps Gets Things Done In the l...
  10. Four U.S. Presidents commemorated the anniversary, with Presidents Obama and Clinton attending the White House ceremony, President George H.W. Bush joining a ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine, and President George W. Bush sending best wishes in a video.
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  12. No one (or meme) was safe as we spread the word about the AmeriCorps anniversary.
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  14. When the big day arrived, it was time for those in Washington, DC, to head for the White House.
  15. Can't wait for the #AmeriCorps20 pledge ceremony, about to begin! Watch the stream at wh.gov/live.
    Can't wait for the #AmeriCorps20 pledge ceremony, about to begin! Watch the stream at wh.gov/live.
  16. The White House Blog recapped the day's events with a video clip from the ceremony and a summary of President Obama's remarks.
  17. This morning at the White House, President Obama joined former President Bill Clinton in celebrating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, and welcoming some of the national service program's newest members. Across the country today, thousands of people took the pledge to be AmeriCorps members. Since AmeriCorps' inception in 1994, 900,000 Americans have served in the program and have committed 1.2 billion hours of service.
  18. President Obama went on to express how inspired he was by the young people in attendance -- and his excitement about the things they will do going forward:
  19. When I look out, I can’t describe how inspired I am, because in each of you I see unfurling all the incredible, wonderful things that you’re going to be doing in your lives.  Twenty years after President Clinton signed and swore in that first AmeriCorps class, more than 900,000 Americans have learned the same lesson that I learned by serving through AmeriCorps.  And they come from all walks of life -- small towns, big cities, all backgrounds, all age groups.  They’ve done everything from deliver emergency relief in the aftermath of disasters, to staffing health clinics in underserved communities, to helping veterans find jobs.  They’ve touched millions of lives.  They’ve helped America become stronger, and more resilient and more united.
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