For all those with Malias in their lives or, perhaps more importantly, those who can't do a year like this, let's stop calling it a "gap year" once and for all. It belittles the work students put into these years of their lives and it marginalizes those without the privileges to be able to work for a year for less than a living wage.
Colleges and universities can help prepare citizens for the challenges and opportunities related to working in their community by developing new programs and structures that meet their civic-minded vision and mission.
Young Americans today are facing the crisis of unraveling traditional communities and social structures. In fact, 1 million students drop out of school each year, and 17 percent of youth aged 16 to 24 are out of school and work.
It cannot possibly get any better than this. I had no idea that I would spend the entire year in AmeriCorps with the same nine people, doing these great things in the name of service.
Prior to 9/11, our reaction to national emergency had been national service. Regrettably, the reaction to our last great national emergency has been a decade-plus of war devoid of any collective responsibility as citizens.
It's impossible to forget the moment when I realized finding myself was less about finding a career, and actually about discovering my purpose. For me, that moment was on September 11, 2001.
Cliches don't help careers or shape character. Real concrete opportunities do. National service -- a "service year" -- is one opportunity that every young person needs to hear about.
General Stanley McChrystal joins HuffPost Live to share his thoughts on Hillary Clinton.
General Stanley McChrystal sits down with Alyona to discuss his real concerns about the recent article in "Rolling Stone" about him.
Corporate sponsor stations lined the boundaries of the commissary lawn with high-tech games and activities for kids and adults