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April 2014

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Transforming Communities through Service

A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States

“The publication highlights the role of states as laboratories for service and fosters new models for addressing a variety of pressing social issues.” – Tom Branen, Executive Director of America’s Service Commissions (ASC).

 

“ACE (A Community for Education) saw in me what I was never able to see before. I successfully led a team of tutors and started education classes at Austin Community College – something I never thought I’d do,” said ACE volunteer Rosa C., who is just one of many AmeriCorps members that have benefited from the positive impact of community service.

 

Transforming Communities through Service  from ICP and America’s Service Commissions (ASC) highlights 32 programs that are making lasting impacts in communities and on AmeriCorps members throughout the nation. The 2014 edition features 28 AmeriCorps State and four Volunteer Generation Fund programs from 21 states. The publication launch on April 21 celebrates the 5th Anniversary of the Serve America Act, reauthorizing AmeriCorps and creating the Volunteer Generation Fund.The featured programs are setting a high standard for program innovation while addressing a variety of issue areas.

 

With over 75,000 men and women engaged annually, throughout 15,000 different locations, AmeriCorps envisions a world where communities have the opportunity to mobilize volunteers in an effort to create positive change. AmeriCorps has three main programs: State and National; VISTA, in which members serve to fight poverty; and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a team-based residential program for youth who work on public safety, the environment, youth development and disaster relief. The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) focuses on volunteer recruitment and retention by showcasing that civic engagement is beneficial to all parties involved, especially through developing skills, expanding professional networks, and staying connected within one’s community.

As this year marks the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, this report intends to encourage and support national service, and a committment to keeping these programs alive.

View the 2014 publication
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Setting Goals and Capturing Impacts and Outcomes of Community Engagement

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, over 30 university professionals participated in a webinar presentation that was hosted by ICP and the Talloires Network. This webinar was led by Dr. Barbara Holland, Director of Academic Initiatives in Social Inclusion and honorary professor at the University of Sydney. Webinar participants learned new approaches to the planning of a community engagement agenda, as well as effective ways to capture evidence of impacts and outcomes for internal and external purposes.

A recording of this presentation is available through the Talloires Network
Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program
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University Civic Engagement Initiative, Wajibi: My Education, My Community

The application period for this project is now closed. ICP and Silatech would like to thank each university that has submitted a proposal. For more information about this project and on-going civic engagement work in the MENA region, visit our Wajibi page.

News from the Field

 

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CSIS and IYF Launch Global Youth Wellbeing Index

On April 3, the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), the International Youth Forum (IYF), and Hilton Worldwide introduced the final report for the Global Youth Wellbeing Index.

This index adds to the current conversation around youth involvement and furthers the work of other organizations. Such work includes ICP’s Learning-Forum in South Africa, which utilized national youth service programs around the world as an indicator of overall employment and employability.

Read more on ICP’s blog.

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Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the only day of service dedicated to children and youth, was held on April 11-13.More information can be found on ICP’s blog about the types of projects, fundraisers, and groups who participated.

    

 

March 2014

 

Silatech Hosts Consultation in Amman, Jordan

“The Role of Civic Engagement in Higher Education”

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Tarik M. Yousef, CEO of Silatech, beginning a panel discussion on Civic Engagement in Arab Higher Education
On February 9 and 10, 2014, Innovations in Civic Participation kicked off a core component of the University Civic Engagement Initiative with a two-day consultation in Amman, Jordan, hosted by partner organization Silatech. The consultation was attended by over 35 university presidents and senior administrators from countries in the Arab world, who discussed the current rise of civic and community engagement in higher education in the region.

U.S.-Japan Council Collegiate Civic Engagement Program

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This program focuses on enhancing the leadership potential of Japanese university students and enabling university faculty to create institutional practices for civic engagement programs. On Feb 17-21, 2014, nine representatives from Japanese universities traveled to Providence, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. on a study tour to the best civic engagement university programs in the area. Student civic engagement is important for both countries and this program will create an ongoing partnership which will serve as a resource to gather ideas, disseminate information, and broaden civil service. 

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Talloires Network Professional Development Program

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Webinar: Tracking and Measuring Community
Engagement Impacts for Improvement

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM UTC/GMT

Join Dr. Barbara Holland to learn strategies for collecting descriptive information about the variety of engagement activities across the institution, as well as tips and resources to help set up systematic strategies for gathering data that can be used to demonstrate outcomes and inform improvement.

To register for the webinar, please e-mail Sydney Taylor at staylor@icicp.org 

Learn more about the Professional Development program  

 
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Small grants program underway
Silatech and ICP are pleased to invite universitites in Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen to apply for grants in their University Civic Engagement Initiative. Five universities will receive grants to assist senior-level university administrators in developing and implementing policies and programs that advance institutional change and enhance civic engagement on their campuses and in their communities.
National Youth Service Learning Forum Report
This report is the culmination of the National Youth Service Learning Forum, held in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2013. The report is the result of the joint efforts of ICP and VOSESA, and summarizes the program’s research on the benefits of national youth service on youth employability in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, it provides insight on how to strengthen NYS programs in the region in the future. The report can be found on the ICP website.
SummerTrek 2014
ICP is currently accepting applications from youth development organizations and schools interested in becoming a SummerTrek Pilot Site for 2014. See the link below for more information.
Meet Our New
Staff Members
Sydney K. Taylor has recently joined the staff of ICP as a Program Officer. Sydney will be working on the SummerTrek program for middle school youth.
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In January of 2014, ICP welcomed three new interns from The Washington Center, an independent non-profit organization that provides internships and academic experiences for university students.
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