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  • Service Year: Coming Soon A Handbook for Organizations to Plan Service Year Programs June 2014
  • 5/29/14 1 Service Year: Coming Soon A Handbook for Organizations to Plan Service Year Programs Table of Contents About us Our partners Foreword by General Stanley McChrystal Getting started About national service About the Service Year Platform Features and benefits How to become part of the system AmeriCorps Others Developing your program The Certification Process Fees Funding Additional information Appendices A. Certification criteria B. Prohibited activities: Detailed list C. About AmeriCorps D. Resources We gratefully acknowledge Cisco for its support of the Service Year Platform
  • 5/29/14 2 About Franklin and NCoC The Franklin Project is a new venture by the Aspen Institute to marshal the best case for a voluntary civilian counterpart to military service in the United States. At the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, General Stanley McChrystal called for large-scale civilian national service to engage more Americans in serving community and country. We believe national service can and should become a common expectation and common opportunity for all Americans to strengthen our social fabric and solve our most pressing national challenges. To realize this vision, the Franklin Project engages outstanding Americans from the private sector, higher education, government, the military, the faith community, the philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations, to develop innovative policy ideas and to build momentum around advancing a new vision of civilian service for the 21st century. Our goal is to create one million new opportunities for large-scale civilian national service in the next decade. The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. We strive to define civic health as essential to our communities, facilitate civic engagement, and enable national service. We do this through a cutting-edge civic health initiative, an innovative national service project, and informative conferences. Our Partners Voices for National Service is a diverse coalition of national service programs, state commissions, and individual champions committed to expanding opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve and volunteer. Its mission is to support the growth and development of opportunities for all Americans to serve by mobilizing the field to educate our nations leaders and the American public about the power and impact of national service. ServiceNation is building a movement to change our culture and influence our politics so that a year of national service becomes a common expectation and common opportunity for young Americans. ServiceNation is the first campaign of Be The Change (BTC), a non- partisan, non-profit dedicated to strengthening American democracy by uniting citizens, social entrepreneurs, the service world and leaders from every sector of American society. BTC taps the wisdom, experience, and networks of these practitioners, thought leaders, and passionate Americans to craft non-partisan policy solutions to our greatest challenges and build powerful coalitions to advocate for them. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, CNCS taps the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation. CNCS invests in thousands of nonprofit and faith-based groups that are making a difference across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and more.
  • 5/29/14 3 Foreword by General Stanley McChrystal Throughout its historyin both war and peaceour country has worked best when its citizenship has been most active. How do we restore citizenship to the core of the American psyche and culture? How do we help young people grow up to become citizens and not only individuals? The answer is clear. By giving them the opportunity to serve America and fellow Americans - and creating the expectation that they do so. In periods of both war and peace, of both prosperity and want, service has bound Americans to the country and to one another. And yet, in our lifetimes, on our watch, weve allowed this tradition to weaken. Thats why we need universal national service. Not just for rich kids with a year to spare or for poor kids desperate for a paycheck. But an opportunity and an expectation for every young American to serve and experience a common rite of passage into mature citizenship. The concept isnt complex. All Americans would choose to serve some time in the decade they enter adulthood, between when they are 18 and 28. Their service, in one of a range of opportunities from education to conservation, would be voluntarynot legally requiredbut instead culturally mandatory. What if no American was comfortable having no answer to the question: Where did you serve?
  • 5/29/14 4 Getting Started This handbook provides basic information to help organizations learn more about national service and the planned Service Year Platform. This platform will not only allow organizations to have their positions reviewed and approved in a streamlined matter, but enable individuals to search for positions and organizations to search for individuals as well as enable both to raise funds for positions. In the future, the Platform will also offer learning opportunities for staff and corps members, including some that offer college credit, as well as a rewards program for corps members who complete their terms of service, a system for community leaders to connect with programs, corps members, and alumni, and benefits for alumni to aid them in their transition to jobs or further education. About National Service What is national service? National service refers to service that addresses important problems and requires a substantial time commitment over a specific term -- typically, full time for a full year -- through organized programs that are designed to build ties among individuals from diverse backgrounds or increase life opportunities for those who serve. Because of the substantial time commitment involved, national service participants are typically paid modest living allowances and benefits. They may also be rewarded with other benefits. Programs that are part of AmeriCorps, a federal program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, receive Segal Education Awards that can be used to pay higher education expenses or pay back student loans. There is no one typical national service program design. In some cases organizations recruit dozens of corps members and organize them in teams to take on projects. In others, one or two individuals serve at an organization, working under the supervision of staff. Ideally organizations, whether they have one or one hundred corps members, enable corps members to be part of a team and understand their larger role in solving societys problems. They swear-in members, orient and train them, connect with other local programs for training or joint projects, and recognize them at the completion of their service. Examples of National Service Programs City Year Teach For America Playworks Code for America AmeriCorps VISTA AmeriCorps NCCC Education Works Public Allies Student Conservation Corps The Mission Continues College Possible Community Health Corps Jesuit Volunteer Corps YouthBuild Earth Conservation Corps LIFT Schools of Hope Citizen Schools Food Corps Points of Light VetSuccess MusicianCorps
  • 5/29/14 5 Why do we need it? The idealism and commitment of the young adults of our country represent an extraordinary natural resource. Over half a million applications for national service positions were submitted last year from people willing to serve long hours for modest compensation. Most of these applicants were turned away. At the same time, the needs of our nation are great. Children need tutors and mentors. Disasters leave families homeless. People left out of the job market need help finding their way in and veterans need opportunities to connect military experience to civilian positions. Aging Americans and people with disabilities need help to live independently. We need environmental stewards and community leaders. National service provides the critical human capital we need to make progress in all these areas. The experience of serving can also transform the lives of those who serve. Research documents that those who serve are more likely to become employed, advance their educational attainment, stay healthy, and even become happier than those who dont. Young people who spend a year serving learn professionalism and job skills, learn about their communities or meet people from different backgrounds, and become more civically engaged. For young people uncertain about their futures whether they are just out of high school or have graduate degrees a year of service can help them find purpose and direction. How does national service benefit organizations? Most nonprofit, education, and public organizations are perpetually short-staffed. Finding the human capital you need at a price you can afford may be a constant challenge. So can attracting talent to your organization. In fact, experts expect that the talent shortage for nonprofit and public positions will grow dramatically as Baby Boomers retire. National service helps meet these needs in three ways: