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Message to Youths: Learn While You Serve

The Corporation for National and Community Service and a number of nonprofit organizations launched this week the third annual national "learn and serve challenge," a 9-month effort aimed to support youths to learn academics at the same time that they are serving other people.

"We aim to catalyze young people through schools, colleges, faith-based organizations and youth organizations to engage in service-learning," Nelson Nash, the director of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said in a conference call with reporters about the effort. Education, protecting the environment, and health care are some of the areas in which youths might serve, people participating in the call suggested.

On Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives approved a resolution introduced by Rep. Todd Platts, a Republican from Pennsylvania, that recognized the value of service-learning.

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