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Report Shows NCCC Alumni Display Increased Levels of Civic Participation

Wednesday, June 6, 2007  
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Kelly Batson, a graduate student at San Francisco State University and 2001 AmeriCorps*NCCC Alum, recently completed a study on the level of continued community commitment of NCCC alumni.  The study provides convincing data of the value of AmeriCorps*NCCC beyond a member's term of service.  Below is an excerpt from Batson's abstract.
In an era of increased budget constraints and unfunded mandates, a national service program is on the chopping block. Unfortunately, with AmeriCorps* NCCC much more is at stake. Current research reveals that many fear the decline of social capital within the United States. This study includes a review of what is thought to contribute to the various forms of social capital and the previously studied social capital effects of AmeriCorps participants. It is the prediction of the author that the worth of the program reaches deep into the future with alumni impacting communities around the world for many years to come. To obtain a more recent and focused data on the activities and behavior of AmeriCorps*NCCC alumni, this study surveys alumni of the program to measure their social capital contribution after their term of service. Results show that the AmeriCorps*NCCC alumni increased the amount of their contributed social ...
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