Tags: Chelsea | Clinton

Chelsea Clinton: More Community Service Needed

Monday, 16 Jun 2014 09:12 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Chelsea Clinton, who has played an increasingly prominent role in her family's foundation, used a speech Monday to call for more community service opportunities for a younger generation and said she supports efforts that would allow more college graduates to reduce their student loan debt through volunteering.

Clinton, 34, who serves as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, spoke to about 5,000 people gathered for the "Service Unites" conference sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, and also participated in a panel discussion on inspiring young people to become more involved.

"It is in all of our interests to ensure that every young person in America who wants to serve is given the opportunity to serve," said Clinton, who is expecting her first baby in the fall with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

Clinton said it was important for young people to expand their view of service and for federal, state and local governments to do everything they can to expand volunteer opportunities rather than let them contract or stagnate.

"We often do think of service as only the ways in which the mayor is serving, in which my parents have served. Maybe we think of military service. But service clearly has an almost limitless definition determined by how each individual can make a difference in their community," Clinton said.

While she spoke of her parents' service, she mentioned nothing about her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and her possible run for president.

She did take a moment to honor 41st President George H. W. Bush, who started the Points of Light Foundation, which has grown to one of the largest volunteering and service organizations.

"I have long been an admirer of President Bush partly because he, like my father, didn't rest on his laurels after he left the White House. He very much believed that he still had something to contribute to our country," Clinton said.

She also spoke on the growing crisis of student loan debt, praising President Barack Obama for a plan that offers student loan forgiveness for those working in public schools and said there should be a broader conversation about expanding that to other service opportunities.

She added volunteering could also be a way to reduce unemployment among recent college graduates, noting companies are seeing the value of service on a resume.

"They know that says the applicant is likely to be resilient, to be a leader, to have good team-working skills, all fundamentals to success in many different corporate environments," Clinton said.


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Convicted Florida Felon Kills His 6 Grandchildren

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 09:55 AM

Authorities say a man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed six of his gr . . .

Bill Clinton: World's Borders More 'Like Nets Than Walls'

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 06:14 AM

Power is more diffuse in a technologically advanced world, and that means inclusiveness is the only way to battle the wo . . .

Report: Washington Full of Cell Phone Spying Devices

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 22:12 PM

The Washington, D.C., area is littered with devices that spy on users' cellphones, and one expert thinks they were plant . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved