The Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites you to participate in a UMASS system wide Civic Engagement Summit on April 14th.
Date: April 14th, 2011
Time: 8:30am to 1:30pm
Location: Woodland Commons, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Alan Khazei, Social Entrepreneur Founder and CEO
Alan Khazei has pioneered ways to empower citizens to make a difference. In 1987, as a young graduate from Harvard Law School, he co-founded a nonprofit organization called City Year with his friend, Michael Brown. City Year unites young adults ages 17-24 from all backgrounds for an intensive year of full-time community service mentoring, tutoring, and educating children. It served as the model and inspiration for President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program and now operates in 20 U.S. cities, as well as Johannesburg and London.
In June 2003, when AmeriCorps faced a drastic funding cut, Alan joined with other service leaders to organize the “Save AmeriCorps” coalition, an effort that led to an increase of $100 million worth of funding for the program. Inspired by the success of the Save AmeriCorps campaign, Alan launched Be the Change, Inc., in 2007, a nonprofit that creates national issue-based campaigns by organizing coalitions of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector leaders, academics, and citizens. In 2009, ServiceNation, the first campaign to be launched from this platform, played a key role in the enactment of the strongly bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
Alan has served on the boards of leading national non-profits and has received numerous awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award. In 2006, US News and World Report named him one of America's “25 Best Leaders.” Alan is also the author of a new book, Big Citizenship: How pragmatic idealism can bring out the best in America. Alan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Vanessa Kirsch, and their two children.
Who should attend:
Civic Leaders, Educators and School Administrators, Service Learning Practitioners, Volunteer Managers, Executives and Board Members of Community Based Organizations, Foundations and Corporations, Elected Officials, Youth Organizers, Volunteers and anyone with an interest in developing community.
General Admission - $25.00
Students with valid ID - Free
Lunch will be provided.
Click here for directions and the campus map.
Parking for the summit will be in Lot 7 and a shuttle will be provided to Woodland Commons.