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Reps. Yarmuth, Johnson Introduce Resolution to Recognize Family Service Learning Week

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky) and Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced H. Res. 514, a bipartisan resolution that would designate the week of September 11-15, 2017 as “National Family Service Learning Week,” in recognition of the multi-generational learning approach where families and children learn together in service of their community.

“Family Service Learning provides a hands-on experience that allows families to learn together, grow together, and do their part to affect real, positive change. Whether through efforts that promote environmental stewardship, financial literacy, or other forms of civic engagement, there is a unique value in working together and mentoring one another at the family level. Family Service Learning provides great benefits to children and adults alike, both in the classroom and at home, and I’m proud to join Rep. Johnson in introducing this bipartisan resolution.”

By taking an organized group approach to problem solving, Family Service Learning (FSL) provides families the opportunity to fully experience the impact they can make on their community. FSL efforts are currently being implemented in 16 communities nationwide, with plans to expand further in coming years.

“Families are at the center of our American way of life, and by fostering and supporting strong families, we keep our country strong,” said Rep. Johnson. “That is why I’m proud to again support the Family Service Learning Resolution, which prioritizes important efforts like multi-generational family literacy, community service, and other learning experiences. I’m pleased that Third District companies like Plano’s Toyota are a major partner of the NCFL, and I hope this resolution encourages the further strengthening and empowerment of all American families.”

The Family Service Learning model was developed by the Louisville-based National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), a national nonprofit working to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. H. Res. 514 earned the praise of the organization’s founder and president Sharon Darling,

“I am pleased to see Congress recognize the importance of Family Service Learning,” said Darling. “We are seeing great results when families come together to solve a community problem. Whether addressing crime, fostering health and nutrition, or helping people reclaim their communities, these families are building stronger bonds within their own families as well as with others in their communities. Through the process of Family Service Learning, family members are gaining employability skills to improve their socio-economic status and parents are setting an example for their children.”

Text of Reps. Yarmuth and Johnson’s resolution can be found here.

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