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Getting Things Done!. AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. AmeriCorps NCCC. National Mission To strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service. AmeriCorps NCCC. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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AmeriCorpsNational Civilian Community Corps

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National MissionTo strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service.

AmeriCorps NCCC

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AmeriCorps NCCC

A residential, team-based service program that provides full-time opportunities for young adults to serve their country and help communities meet compelling needs.

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Where do we fit in?

National ServiceCorporation For National and Community

Service(CNCS) (federal government agency)

Learn and Serve America AmeriCorps Senior Corps

VISTA AmeriCorps State & NationalNCCC

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AmeriCorps NCCC Structure

Headquartered in Washington, DC 5 regional campus locations

° Southern Region, Vicksburg, MS° Atlantic Region, Perry Point, MD° North Central Region, Vinton, IA° Southwest Region, Denver, CO° Pacific Region, Sacramento, CA

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Southern Region Campus

Serves Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia

14 teams with 9-12 members each are based at the Southern Region facility on the All-Saints Episcopal School campus in Vicksburg, MS

15 staff members manage all operations, logistics and community outreach

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Class 17

Class 17 (currently serving)– 152 members, 14 teams – Members Arrived: August

2010– Graduation:  May 2011

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Where do NCCC Corps Members come from?

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Corps Members

All Corps Members must be 18 to 24 years old. Average 20-21.

Hail from across the U.S., representing diverse backgrounds and ethnicities

1/3 recent high school graduates 1/3 have some college experience 1/3 recent college graduates Well-disciplined with a great interest in

service, but only beginner-level skills.

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Corps Members Compensation and Benefits

$5,350 AmeriCorps education award Weekly living allowance of about $75 Food, housing, limited health care,

travel and uniforms (worn during all work days)

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Teaming Upfor a Year of Service

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Corps Members arrive in Vicksburg, MS for a month of training, which includes:• Team building (teams stay together

for the entire year)• Diversity and conflict resolution

Corps Member Training

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Corps Member Training

Building an ethic of national service Understanding service needs of

Vicksburg and the whole Southern Region

CPR and First Aid Disaster services Personal and work safety Volunteer coordination Many other courses

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Role of the Team Leader

Each team has a team leader, who works and lives with the team. Team leaders supervise the basic operations of the team:• Administrative responsibilities and

logistics• Overall accountability• Personal issues

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Role of the Team Leader

Facilitate reflection, trainings, and meetings

Liaison between team and project sponsor/supervisor

Liaison between team and NCCC staff

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Nccc serving in your community

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Project Cycle

After initial CM Training, teams begin a nine-month cycle of projects.• If the project site is more than an hour from Vicksburg

(spike), teams pack up and relocate• At the project conclusion, teams travel back to

Vicksburg, MS • For one week, teams debrief their previous project,

prepare for the next and receive additional training• Teams relocate to the next project and the cycle

repeats until graduation

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Areas of Service

Natural and Other Disasters (50%) Urban and Rural Development Environmental Stewardship and

Conservation Energy Conservation Infrastructure

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Natural and Other Disasters

Address the needs of communities affected by natural and other disasters, focusing on disaster preparation, mitigation, response and recovery.

Examples: – coordinating volunteers– managing distribution centers– clearing debris– surveying– rebuilding homes

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Urban and Rural Development Address community needs in ways

that improve the quality of life and success of whole communities.

Examples: – supporting homeless shelters– refurbishing nonprofit facilities– working with developmentally

disabled individuals– leading neighborhood revitalization

projects– afterschool programming– processing income tax returns– rehabilitation and new construction

of homes

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Infrastructure Improvement

Contribute to the safety and well being of community members; improve basic facilities and services needed for the functioning of the community.

Examples– making improvements to public

facilities– establishing community

centers– painting house numbers on curbs

for easier location by emergency personnel

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Environmental Stewardship and Conservation

To help preserve and enhance natural resources.

Examples: – trail development– habitat restoration

planting native trees and plants

removing invasive vegetation– performing water quality


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Energy Conservation

Promote energy efficient practices with organizations, communities, families or individuals.

Examples: – providing energy efficiency

assessments– installing energy efficient appliances

and light bulbs– developing recycling programs– providing educational programming

on sustainability and conservation practices

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Organizations sponsoring a team must be one of the following:• Nonprofit• Faith-Based• Government (federal, state, and local)• Public schools• Colleges and universities

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Projects may be as long as one round (typically 7-8 weeks)

Can be as short as a few weeks

Sponsors propose the length of time, but flexibility is needed

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Project Requirements

Address compelling community needs Engage community volunteers Have clearly stated and well-planned tasks and

objectives (following the plan described in the application)

Utilize all team members throughout the project (minimum 40-hour work week)

Facilitate the team’s educational and personal growth Have a plan for sustaining accomplishments after the

team departs

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Engaging Community Volunteers

Connecting with local community volunteers to accomplish the project work

Leading volunteer groups

Capacity building Community Volunteer Days

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Skill Level

Projects typically involve beginner to semi-skilled work, but the scope is limited only by your capacity to train and supervise the team.

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What to Avoid

Routine, menial or custodial work (ie. mowing lawns, cleaning, making copies)

Fundraising, politically motivated or politically charged work, or work directly benefitting a for-profit partner

Work that you do not have the staff, budget, etc. to maintain once the team departs

Deviating substantially from the application without notifying NCCC staff

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How do I get a team?

Typically the process takes 4-5 months There are numerous project application

cycles, based on predetermined dates (rounds) that teams are available

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Step 1

Identify a need that our team can address

If only we had extra hands…

We have money for

supplies but not the

labor to….We could reach so

many more people if we

had more support…

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Step 2

Contact Southern Region project staff (Jen or Sonya) for initial consultation

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Step 3

Submit a Project Concept Form, which should include:– A description of your organization– An explanation of the need our team will

address– An outline of the work to be done– When you want the team

Submit by email

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Step 4

If your concept meets the requirements and capabilities of NCCC, and compliments program goals, you will be invited to submit an application

Submit by email

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Step 5

Southern Region staff reviews application, requests revisions

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Step 6

Revisions submitted

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Step 7

Team is awarded About 2 months before project start


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Step 8

Prepare for the team’s arrival:- Inform your staff- Double-check your work plan- Order supplies- Prepare training and orientation- Finalize housing arrangements (if applicable) - Sign Sponsor Agreement- Prepare for NCCC staff visit

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What’s Expectedof Project Sponsors?

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Role of the Sponsor

There is no charge for sponsoring an NCCC team.

However, sponsors must provide (and pay for, if necessary):

° Lodging (if farther than one hour from Vicksburg)

° Tools and materials° Training and orientation° Daily supervision

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Role of the Sponsor

Effective sponsors also: – Meet with the team regularly to make

adjustments and ensure everyone’s satisfaction

– Take an interest in the team – Allow opportunities for specialty role

responsibilities– Celebrate a job well done!

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AmeriCorps NCCC

It’s an exciting way to:• Accomplish a large workload for your

organization at very little cost• Raise community spirits with enthusiastic

young adults who are eager to learn about your mission and your community

• Become part of the national-service movement that is spreading across the country!

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John Henry State ParkTalcott, West VirginiaDelta 2 cleared 1 mile of trail of greenbriar, multi-flora rose, creeper vines, and entire trees in 2 days, and spent the rest of the three weeks spreading 150 tons of gravel in a 4-ft wide path along the trail.

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Southern Cultural Heritage CenterVicksburg, MSTeam Leaders scraped and repainted two sections of wall in the historic auditorium

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Habitat for Humanity, Mobile CountyMobile, AlabamaRiver 7 built a house from the slab to structural completion in six weeks, leading volunteers through the process.

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Our pleasure is to help you

develop quality

projects, so please do not

hesitate to contact the Southern

Region as you begin your


Getting it done


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Contact Information

Jen Prall, Assistant Program Director

– Project Scope: LA, FL, KY, VA, WV and Coastal MS

[email protected]– Phone: 601-630-4044

Sonya Burks, Assistant Program Director

– Project Scope: AL, GA, NC, SC, TN and Central and Northern MS

[email protected]– Phone: 601-630-4045

Address: AmeriCorps NCCC2715 Confederate AveVicksburg, MS 39180Fax: 601-630-4071