On September 12th, President Obama joined former President Bill Clinton in celebrating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, and welcoming some of the national service 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.
In his remarks, President Obama noted how the event echoed "back to that day in 1994, when President Clinton swore in that first class of AmeriCorps members right here at the White House."
Operation LINK is a school-based S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) mentoring program for elementary and middle grades students from military families. Operation LINK is funded by The Corporation for National and Community Service. Mentors and mentees build relationships, learn communication skills, and solve engineering challenges as they explore the wonderful world of Robotics. This fun, hands-on, interactive approach to learning will prepare our youth for 21st Century experiences. Program participants include one hundred seventy-four AmeriCorps mentors providing mentoring services to approximately 1,000 military youth during the school day and on Saturdays. Our Mission is to ensure that military youth remain connected to their family, their school, their community and their deployed parent.
The goals of Operation LINK are to: