Friends of John Delaney
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Delaney Announces National Service and Climate Corps Plan in New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH – John Delaney announces today his plan to create a new National Service program for young people. Delaney’s service program will include a Climate Corps, a new initiative to help boost conservation, sustainability and efficiency efforts nationwide. 
Delaney has made national service one of the foundations of his campaign and is discussing his plan Sunday at Concord High School. In addition to military service, Delaney’s program would offer young people three new national service options: 1) a community service component similar to Americorps 2) infrastructure apprenticeships and 3) the Climate Corps. Individuals who participate in the apprenticeship program will receive certification. 
“We have to restore a sense of common purpose and unity to our country,” said Delaney. “In addition to serving in the military, we need a new emphasis on national service. I’m worried that if we don’t act, the next generation will grow up in a divided nation, a country where people are only exposed to people just like them, where they view those in the next county over as wrong about everything they believe. My plan gives young people new options and new ways to serve: in community service efforts, in infrastructure apprenticeships, and in the ClimateCorps. National service will benefit the individuals who participate immensely and will also provide a tremendous long-term benefit to our country.”

The Delaney National Service and ClimateCorps Program
John Delaney is running for president to bring the country together and implement policies that work towards the common good.
To help bring people from different backgrounds together, John proposes a new national service program to provide opportunities for recent high school graduates to contribute to the betterment of the country and to meet and work with people from all backgrounds.
After graduating from high school, graduates would have four options to participate in national service:
  1. Military service
  2. Community service 
  3. Infrastructure apprenticeships
  4. Climate Corps
In addition to military service, the program would create three additional ways for high school graduates to serve their country.

Community Service
  • Community Service would operate similarly to AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps
  • An example of community service could include a Generations United plan that partners the volunteers with the elderly to teach technological proficiency
Infrastructure Apprenticeships
  • The government would enter into public/private partnerships with private companies and trade unions to offer infrastructure apprenticeships
  • Private companies would be awarded contracts to undertake projects such as improving public parks or renovating federal buildings to make them environmentally green 
  • Trade unions will be utilized as the programs can leverage the successful apprenticeship model they use
  • Those who complete the apprenticeships would receive a professional certificate proving mastery of particular skill sets
    • To implement infrastructure apprenticeships, all federal contractors would be required to design and implement an apprentice program
      • Encourage other companies to do their patriotic duty and follow suit, perhaps using a model that’s been tremendously successful in Switzerland, where companies pay students to work as part-time apprentices
Climate Corps
  • To fight climate change, volunteers would assist in clean energy projects including solar installation, improving building efficiency, developing community gardens, and increasing awareness about sustainable practices
  • Provide information and support to families about sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy
  • Volunteers would be stationed in rural and low-income areas to assist these communities transition to a green economy and invest in environmentally friendly projects
  • Helps participants learn skills that can be used for future jobs
  • Brings people together
  • Provides a boost for local infrastructure, conservation, and community projects
  • Restores a sense of service and patriotism
Incentives for Young People to Participate
  • People who complete the program will receive a National Service Scholarship
  • The program would be marketed to high school graduates as an opportunity to serve their country, travel, and get paid while learning a skill