Drawing on a long tradition in the United States of voluntary community service, the AmeriCorps program was formally created during the presidency of Bill Clinton, and its stability and increased success was ensured by President Bush in 2003, when he signed the Strengthen AmeriCorps Program Act. First-time visitors to the site may want to begin by looking through the “About AmeriCorps” section. Here they will find general information about the organization and they may also take a look at a longitudinal study on the long term benefits of the program titled, “Serving Country and Community”. The other primary sections available from the homepage provide materials for organizations interested in sponsoring AmeriCorps volunteers and for those persons who may want to sign up to become a AmeriCorps volunteer. The site also includes a “Best Practices” area that features a number of well-tested programs, such as how best to develop a community gardening project or how to build effective summer learning programs.
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