NATIONAL SERVICE PLAN

* Legislation would allow about 100,000 young people to earn $5,000 per year for one or two years toward college tuition by performing community service.

* Participants must be at least 17 years old, and may perform service before, during, or after their college years.

* They will also receive a minimum-wage stipend for their living expenses (about $8,500 per year) and, for those needing it, health care and child care.

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* Most programs will be organized locally and will select participants based on their own criteria.

* Programs will focus on education, human services, public safety, or the environment.

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