Over the past 20 years, more than 900,000 Americans have served over one billion hours benefiting thousands of communities and millions of Americans. On September 12, 1994, President Clinton swore in the first class of 20,000 AmeriCorps members serving over 1,000 communities nationwide.
On September 12, Mile High Youth Corps and AmeriCorps celebrated 20 years of service at the Colorado State Capitol featuring Governor John Hickenlooper and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado Nancy E. Rice. The event was a simultaneous swearing in of AmeriCorps members across the nation, replicating the first swearing in ceremony. Here is the video from the White House event, a video from President George W. Bush & Laura Bush, and a video from President Bill Clinton.
Below is the pledge that all AmeriCorps members take:
I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.
Congratulations AmeriCorps for getting things done. #AmeriCorps20