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Happy 20th Anniversary AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps is Celebrating 20 years of Service

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."

Check out our new Storify link for videos, photos tweets, and blogs, and relive the excitement on that historic day!

Welcome to Operation LINK

Operation LINK is an AmeriCorps, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) mentoring program for elementary and middle grades students, with a priority given to serving military youth. One hundred seventy-four mentors and approximately 1,000 military youth engage in activities that allow them to explore the wonderful world of robotics. 

Operation LINK uses two type of robotics: the mobile Vex IQ robots and the web-based ROBOTC Virtual World. During the school day, mentors and military youth work in teams to build relationships, learn communication skills, and engage in problem-solving activities. Mentors also help youth and deployed parents engage in similar activities as they learn about Virtual Robotics. 

Our mission is to ensure that all military youth participating in the program remain connected to their family (especially their deployed parent), their school, and their  community. Veterans, active military, youth and non-military personnel selected to serve as mentors can earn a living allowance and an educational award. 

Our Goals

The goals of Operation LINK are to:

  • Engage military youth in STEM-based activities and community service events that build positive connections with family, school, and community
  • Spark the imagination and interest of students to pursue STEM careers
  • Improve academic performance and engagement in STEM coursework for students in elementary and middle grades

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