Jason Howard, NAB

I’m excited to finally have a chance to stop and write as a part of the MySABoard.org community.  I’m writing today to update all of you on some exciting work going on to enhance The Army’s outreach to young adults.

First, a bit of context:  I’ve been working with the Salvation Army since 2007 when I began working as a Board liaison with the current National Advisory Board (NAB) Chairman, Rob Pace.  Since that time, I’ve had a chance to meet so many extraordinary people who, with pure hearts, dedicate so much time, energy and excellence to meet human need in the Lord’s name all around the world.  In addition to joining the NAB in April of this year, I’ve also been asked to co-chair an NAB Task Force focused on identifying ways for the Army to really engage people of my generation – the 18 – 36 year-olds across America –  who are looking for ways to have an impact in the community.
The vision for The Salvation Army’s young adult outreach is clear:  over the next three-to-five years, we want to establish and grow a national network of service-oriented young adults who will be active in all aspects of The Salvation Army’s Mission .  The Army seeks to serve as a convening organization, bringing together young Americans from all walks of life to participate in broad opportunities for service to humanity.  From serving in times of disaster relief to participating in anti-human trafficking efforts to helping addicts see the way out of addiction, we want  The Salvation Army to become one of the most trusted avenues that young adults select for non-profit service and giving.