6 January 2016

Promoting a Year of Service in MN

For the week of January 10, 2016

The Franklin Project is working to make a year of national service the cultural norm. This week, Geoff Wilson, a project ambassador in Minnesota and Manager of Administration and Engagement for College Possible, discusses the importance of service. We’re also joined by three former Peace Corps and AmeriCorps members: Susan Grelling, Founder of the Grelling Charitable Trust; Kate Mortenson, President and CEO of the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee; Sondra Samuels, CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:10) Geoff Wilson of the Franklin Project on how the organization encourages a year of service; (2:22) Service provided by AmeriCorps and national service members; (3:17) Funding for the year of service; (5:57) Susan Grelling on how she got involved in service and volunteer work; (7:49) The Grelling Charitable Trust; (9:28) How employers view taking time off for service; (11:40) The unique skills acquired through service
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:20) Kate Mortenson on her experience serving in the Peace Corps in the Comoro Islands; (3:18) Why high school students should consider a year of service; (5:33) Sondra Samuels on serving in Botswana and what made her want to leave a lucrative career in marketing to serve abroad; (6:52) How Samuels’s service impacted the community; (9:49) Samuels’s decision to join AmeriCorps after the Peace Corps