Presidential Leadership Scholars AnnMaura Connolly (Class of 2015) and Rye Barcott (Class of 2019) recently wrote an op-ed featured in the Dallas Morning News. Take a look: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2021/07/13/national-service-can-heal-our-partisan-divides/
July 15, 2021
In the News: National service can heal our partisan divides
AnnMaura Connolly ('15), and Rye Barcott ('19).
Class of 2015
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About Her Project
Young people who serve for a year develop skills that help them succeed in their first job; communities can tap new generations to solve problems; and the nation is strengthened when diverse people work together for the common good. To convince leaders to invest in scaling service opportunities, AnnMaura will seek to bring to life the stories of those who have served through a book and story collecting campaign.
The Presidential Leadership Scholars program has helped AnnMaura to create a framework for the project, redesign her approach to communicating the power of service, and convince her coalition to participate in the campaign.
Class of 2019
Rye Barcott co-founded the non-governmental organization Carolina for Kibera to prevent violence and promote innovative public health while serving in the United States Marine Corps. His book It Happened on the Way to War juxtaposes social entrepreneurship with military service. After the Marines, Barcott co-founded the clean energy investment firm Double Time Capital. Most recently, Barcott co-founded and leads With Honor, a non-profit movement and Super PAC that helps elect and support a new generation of cross-partisan veterans who pledge to put principles before politics in Congress.
While in PLS, Barcott built out a strategic plan for With Honor, which helped elect 19 veterans from both parties to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and supports the cross-partisan caucus they have formed.