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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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  • Getting Things Done! AmeriCorpsNational Civilian Community Corps

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

    AmeriCorps NCCC

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

  • Where do we fit in?National ServiceCorporation For National and Community Service(CNCS) (federal government agency)

  • AmeriCorps NCCC StructureHeadquartered in Washington, DC5 regional campus locationsSouthern Region, Vicksburg, MSAtlantic Region, Perry Point, MDNorth Central Region, Vinton, IASouthwest Region, Denver, COPacific Region, Sacramento, CA

  • Southern Region CampusServes 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

  • Where do NCCC Corps Members come from?

  • Corps MembersAll Corps Members must be 18 to 24 years old. Average 20-21.Hail from across the U.S., representing diverse backgrounds and ethnicities1/3 recent high school graduates1/3 have some college experience1/3 recent college graduatesWell-disciplined with a great interest in service, but only beginner-level skills.

  • Corps Members Compensation and Benefits$5,350 AmeriCorps education awardWeekly living allowance of about $75Food, housing, limited health care, travel and uniforms (worn during all work days)

  • Teaming Upfor a Year of Service

  • 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 resolutionCorps Member Training

  • Corps Member TrainingBuilding an ethic of national serviceUnderstanding service needs of Vicksburg and the whole Southern Region CPR and First AidDisaster servicesPersonal and work safetyVolunteer coordinationMany other courses

  • Role of the Team LeaderEach team has a team leader, who works and lives with the team. Team leaders supervise the basic operations of the team:Administrative responsibilities and logisticsOverall accountabilityPersonal issues

  • Role of the Team LeaderFacilitate reflection, trainings, and meetingsLiaison between team and project sponsor/supervisorLiaison between team and NCCC staff

  • Nccc serving in your community

  • Project CycleAfter 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 relocateAt the project conclusion, teams travel back to Vicksburg, MS For one week, teams debrief their previous project, prepare for the next and receive additional trainingTeams relocate to the next project and the cycle repeats until graduation

  • Areas of ServiceNatural and Other Disasters (50%)Urban and Rural DevelopmentEnvironmental Stewardship and ConservationEnergy ConservationInfrastructure

  • Natural and Other DisastersAddress the needs of communities affected by natural and other disasters, focusing on disaster preparation, mitigation, response and recovery. Examples: coordinating volunteersmanaging distribution centersclearing debrissurveyingrebuilding homes

  • Urban and Rural DevelopmentAddress community needs in ways that improve the quality of life and success of whole communities.Examples: supporting homeless sheltersrefurbishing nonprofit facilitiesworking with developmentally disabled individualsleading neighborhood revitalization projectsafterschool programmingprocessing income tax returnsrehabilitation and new construction of homes

  • Infrastructure ImprovementContribute to the safety and well being of community members; improve basic facilities and services needed for the functioning of the community. Examplesmaking improvements to public facilitiesestablishing community centerspainting house numbers on curbs for easier location by emergency personnel

  • Environmental Stewardship and ConservationTo help preserve and enhance natural resources.Examples: trail developmenthabitat restorationplanting native trees and plantsremoving invasive vegetationperforming water quality assessments

  • Energy ConservationPromote energy efficient practices with organizations, communities, families or individuals.Examples: providing energy efficiency assessmentsinstalling energy efficient appliances and light bulbsdeveloping recycling programsproviding educational programming on sustainability and conservation practices

  • SponsorsOrganizations sponsoring a team must be one of the following:NonprofitFaith-BasedGovernment (federal, state, and local)Public schoolsColleges and universities

  • ProjectsProjects may be as long as one round (typically 7-8 weeks) Can be as short as a few weeksSponsors propose the length of time, but flexibility is needed

  • Project RequirementsAddress compelling community needsEngage 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 teams educational and personal growthHave a plan for sustaining accomplishments after the team departs

  • Engaging Community VolunteersConnecting with local community volunteers to accomplish the project workLeading volunteer groupsCapacity buildingCommunity Volunteer Days

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

  • What to AvoidRoutine, menial or custodial work (ie. mowing lawns, cleaning, making copies)Fundraising, politically motivated or politically charged work, or work directly benefitting a for-profit partnerWork that you do not have the staff, budget, etc. to maintain once the team departsDeviating substantially from the application without notifying NCCC staff

  • How do I get a team?Typically the process takes 4-5 monthsThere are numerous project application cycles, based on predetermined dates (rounds) that teams are available

  • Step 1Identify a need that our team can addressIf only we had extra handsWe have money for supplies but not the labor to.We could reach so many more people if we had more support

  • Step 2Contact Southern Region project staff (Jen or April) for initial consultation

  • Step 3Submit a Project Concept Form, which should include:A description of your organizationAn explanation of the need our team will addressAn outline of the work to be doneWhen you want the teamSubmit by email

  • Step 4If your concept meets the requirements and capabilities of NCCC, and compliments program goals, you will be invited to submit an applicationSubmit by email

  • Step 5Southern Region staff reviews application, requests revisions

  • Step 6Revisions submitted

  • Step 7Team is awardedAbout 2 months before project start date

  • Step 8Prepare for the teams 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

  • Whats Expectedof Project Sponsors?

  • Role of the SponsorThere 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 materialsTraining and orientationDaily supervision

  • Role of the SponsorEffective sponsors also: Meet with the team regularly to make adjustments and ensure everyones satisfactionTake an interest in the team Allow opportunities for specialty role responsibilitiesCelebrate a job well done!

  • AmeriCorps NCCCIts an exciting way to:Accomplish a large workload for your organization at very little costRaise 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!

  • 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.

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

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

  • Our pleasure is to help you develop quality projects, so please do not hesitate to contact the Southern Region as you begin your plans!

    Getting it done together!

  • Contact InformationJen Prall, Assistant Program DirectorProject Scope: KY, LA, NC, SC, VA, [email protected]: 601-630-4044

    April Bazzi, Assistant Program DirectorProject Scope: AL, FL, GA, MS, TN [email protected]: 601-630-4045

    www.americorps.gov/nccc Address: AmeriCorps NCCC2715 Confederate AveVicksburg, MS 39180

    Fax: 601-630-4071

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