Since we first covered HR 1388, the name of this law has changed from the the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Many Americans fear HR 1388 will force mandatory “volunteerism” on our youth, and some people have gone so far as to compare the program to Hitler’s Youth. According to the Open Congress summary of HR 1388:
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (formally the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act) authorizes a dramatic funding increase for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs, and the creation of new programs for seniors and veterans. It establishes a goal of expanding from 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000, and would increase education funding and establish a summer volunteer program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school student who participate.