What bothers me is that this volunteer service seems to require that teenagers work for free. They need real jobs, not make-work. And they need to be paid, so that they know they can hold a real job, and do not need to resort to mooching off parents or selling drugs. I also strongly object to the proliferation of “internships” that expect college students to donate their time for the summer. People who get a real pay check know the value of their time, and when they volunteer, it’s a real gift, offered for something that really matters to them. I strongly question whether the mandatory volunteerism will result in any more motivated workers than involuntary servitude did.
[And this is one of the issues where I can really tell that I am not the liberal democrat that I once was.]
And speaking of college students, I was at a college graduation recently and predictably the students were being preached “Civil service! Civil service! Civil service! Serve, serve, serve!”
Now I’d like to know something. How are those AmeriCorps stipends going to pay for their tens of thousands in student loans, hmmmmmmmm?