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Praise for The American Way to Change


Leaders agree: with the many challenges facing America, we are at a critical moment when real change is needed. Service can play a central role in that transformation, and this book spells out how everyone can participate.
-Lisa Paulsen President & Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Industry Foundation

The stories of everyday people changing the nation through service come to life in this book. Shirley Sagawa has been at the center of service policy for two decades, and if we follow the blueprint she offers, together we can solve the pressing problems of our day.
-Alan Khazei, Founder, Be the Change, Inc. , Co-convenor, ServiceNation, Co-Founder, City Year

Shirley Sagawa has written an invaluable how-to book for accomplishing nothing less than the transformation of our nation. Shirley was present at the creation of the America's Promise Alliance in 1997 and, more significantly, guided its recent "re-invention." If we are effective today, it is because we benefited from the lessons she brings to life in this book.
-Marguerite Kondracke, President and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance

No one has a better sweep of the ways and means Americans can use their power to change the world than Shirley Sagawa. This book highlighting some of the most innovative and successful programs of our time should be read by any policymaker or active citizen who is looking for effective strategies to solve our most critical social problems.
-Senator Harris Wofford, former college president, author of Of Kennedys and Kings, former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

Shirley Sagawa is the godmother of national service and volunteerism. In this book, she takes her ideas to the next level and outlines a new approach to national problem solving – one that asks each of us to help reshape America.
-Senator Jeanne Shaheen

This book, by one of the country’s most influential advocates for service, shows how we can improve the quality of life in America’s communities through policies that encourage a lifetime of service.
-Stephen Goldsmith, Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Author of The Power of Social Innovation

Gone are the days of volunteers just stuffing fundraising envelopes. Sagawa vibrantly showcases our new opportunity to leverage civic energy to make a lasting impact. Policy makers, community leaders and volunteers: this is your roadmap.
-Karen Baker, California’s Secretary of Service and Volunteering