Generation S – Advancing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to Becoming a Service and Inclusive Nation

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve . . . ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, we participated in a national day of service along with hundreds of thousands of Americans. It was also a day about bridging cultural and generational divides between Veterans, Boomers, Xs and Ys. So, Who is Generation S and Why Will We Make a Difference? Generation S is the convergence of all generations uniting to take responsibility for each other and future of our nation through service. Generation S builds upon the strength of our country’s diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and perspectives as we unite to serve. Generation S is a movement that can profoundly transform the culture of our country to one that fulfills the true meaning of inclusion and empowers people to control their destinies. On the eve of his historic inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama appealed to the nation to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. through service to others. “It’s not a day just to pause and reflect _ it’s a day to act,” Obama said on King’s national holiday. “I ask the American people to turn today’s efforts into an ongoing commitment to enriching the lives of others in their communities, their cities, and their country.”

ServiceNation, a coalition of 120 organizations with a collective reach of some 100 million Americans, is one of the leading forces in this call for a “New Era Of Service.” ServiceNation serves as a portal for opportunities volunteer opportunities across the country. Have you joined Generation S? Read the Declaration of Service and sign the pledge. We will discuss the impact of Generation S on the future of the workplace in upcoming entries.

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Declaration of Service

WE BELIEVE in the ideals that define America: liberty, equality, and justice. WE BELIEVE the idea of America is ennobled, and the future of America is strengthened, when Americans come together to serve their country. WE BELIEVE there is no challenge that cannot be met with the energy, creativity, and determination of the American people. WE BELIEVE all individuals can make a difference and anyone can be great because anyone can serve. TO LIVE in America is both a blessing and a responsibility, and service to community and country is at the heart of true patriotism. Ever since our Founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to each other and the cause of independence, each generation of Americans has stepped forward to serve in the defense of our freedom and ideals. TO HONOR the sacrifices of those who have gone before us, and to bequeath a stronger and more just nation to future generations, we too stand ready to unite and serve. We pledge to challenge cynicism, and to serve over our lifetimes to secure a brighter future for all. WE ARE READY TO SERVE WE CALL on each other and leaders from all sectors of American life, private, public, and non-profit, to work together to create ample opportunities for citizens to serve their communities, their country, and the world. WE ENCOURAGE all communities to build upon the strength of our nation’s diversity of ideas, experience, and perspectives as we unite to serve. WE ARE READY to meet the challenges of our time.

We are ready to do our part in America’s timeless quest for a more perfect union, and I am ready to begin now by adding my name to this Declaration.