Bringing National Service Opportunities to Scale within your UCEED and Community Association of University Centers on Disability 2010 Annual Meeting
National Service to Employment Project, UMass/ICI
Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University
Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism
Association of University Centers on Disability
National Service Inclusion Project, UMass/ICI
Welcome & Introductions
Overview of National Service & Volunteerism
National Service Inclusion Project & National Service to Employment Project
Snapshot of UCEDDs & National Service
Profile of Arizona State Partnership
Bringing it to Scale…
Strategies for Developing Local Partnerships
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
CNCS has a mission to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering by providing opportunities for all Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage.
Since its inception, with the 1993 National Community Service Act, CNCS has been committed to the active participation of Americans with disabilities in all of its programs and initiatives.
Thousands of people with disabilities serve in CNCS’s three major programs: AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America.
VISTA Leaders HQ Sponsoring Agencies Senior Corps Foster Grandparents Sponsoring Agencies State Offices RSVP Sponsoring Agencies State Offices Senior Companions Sponsoring Agencies State Offices Nat’l Demonstration Projects Nat’l Organizations Sponsoring Agencies AmeriCorps Nat’l Demonstration Projects HQ Nat’l Organizations National, Regional & Local Projects SE Region Campus NE Region Campus Central Region Campus Western Region Campus Capital Region Campus State Grants State Commissions Ed Award Program Grants State Commissions Nat’l Organizations Tribes & Territories Tribes & Territories Grants National Directs Grants Nat’l Parent Organizations * Sub - Grantees * Sub - Grantees Learn & Serve America State Ed Agencies (K-12) Higher Ed Institutions Community-based Orgs Tribes Presidential Freedom Scholarships HS Jrs & Srs Learn & Serve America Nat’l S-L Clearinghouse All S-L practitioners & researchers A State & National A NCCC A VISTA Sponsoring Agencies The National Service Network Programs & Partners Local Projects Sponsoring Agencies State Offices
AmeriCorps (AC) supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in full or part-time volunteering to meet critical community needs. AmeriCorps program grants go to states, national nonprofits, Indian Tribes and U.S. territories. US Citizens 17 years or older, with a H.S. diploma/GED or working on one, or with an Independent Educational Assessment are eligible to apply.
AC State and National members are eligible to receive a living allowance, health insurance, child care, and an education award upon successful completion of the service period. The HEART Act of 2008 made it possible for the living stipend to be disregarded as income for SSI eligibility purposes.
Limited funds are available to members and volunteers in all streams of service through State Service Commissions for reasonable accommodations.
AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time volunteers to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.
AmeriCorps VISTA members or volunteers are eligible to receive a living allowance, health care, child care and an education award upon completion.
The VISTA living allowance is not regarded as income for purposes of SSI or SSDI eligibility
The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time residential program for men and women aged 18-24 that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
NCCC members receive a living allowance, health care and an education award upon completion.
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
In addition to the many benefits, in exchange for volunteering in a National Service program participants are eligible to receive:
A living stipend
An Education Award
Health Insurance, as needed
Child care benefits, as needed
Senior Corps offers a network of programs that tap the rich experience, skills and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges.
Foster Grandparents Program – connects volunteers age 55 and over with children with exceptional needs
Senior Companion Program – brings together volunteers age 55 and older with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living
RSVP – provides one stop shopping for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding and significant service opportunities in their local communities
Learn and Serve America provides support to schools, higher education institutions and community-based organizations, that engage students, their teachers, and others in service-learning.
Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that connects classroom lessons with meaningful service to the community. Students build academic skills while strengthening communities through service. Benefits include improved academic achievement, increased student engagement and civic skills and stronger communities.
Learn & Serve America
Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services.
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons both personally and professionally.
Volunteering takes many forms and is performed by a wide range of people. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work in, such as education or emergency rescue. Other volunteers serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster or for a local-cleanup.
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act April 21, 2009
Serve America Act, 2009
Reauthorizes CNCS and all programs
Expands the service programs
Increased focus on inclusion of individuals with disabilities
Identification of service contributing to employment for participants
The Serve America Act…
Even more explicitly emphasizes a commitment to the inclusion of people with disabilities as active participants in national service…
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
Increases money for outreach and placement
Expands reasonable accommodation funding to to all national service grant programs
Allows members to serve up to the equivalent of 2 full-time educations awards
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
… collaborate with organizations with demonstrated expertise in supporting and accommodating individuals with disabilities, including institutions of higher education, to increase the number of participants with disabilities
… outreach to …agencies and organizations serving veterans and individuals with disabilities …
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
is a Corporation for National and Community Service training and technical assistance provider. Through comprehensive training, technical assistance, and product dissemination, NSIP strives to ensure meaningful service experiences for all members and volunteers, regardless of their abilities.
Regional, state, and program training to AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and National Senior Service Corps programs
Individualized technical assistance and assistance establishing state-based inclusion teams
Resources on service and disability issues such as recruitment, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, providing accommodations, and much more
Partnership development and strategic planning
National Partnerships The National Service Inclusion Project partners with the following organizations to further enable all CNCS grantees to collaborate with the disability community. These disability organizations are committed to promoting national service and volunteerism as a valued option for individuals with disabilities to their respective communities. Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
Identify effective practices that support national service leading to employment for individuals with disabilities
Develop training and TA materials to promote employment opportunities through service
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) providers
Individuals with disabilities/family members
National Organization on Disability
Center for Training and Technical Assistance—Denver Options
Developmental Disability Agencies –in conjunction with the State Employment Leadership Network
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
US Business Leadership Network
Service Options for Individuals with Disabilities
Structured service career exploration
Help develop their resume
Educational Benefit and Living Allowance
Option for health insurance and day care
Encourages civic engagement
The National Service to Employment Project (NextSTEP) is Corporation for National and Community Service Training and Technical Assistance Provider.
NextSTEP is a collaboration of the:
Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston;
Center for Training and Technical Assistance at Denver Options;
the Start on Success program at the National Organization on Disabilities;
the State Employment Leadership Network of the National Association
US Business Leadership Network.
Snapshot of UCEDD & National Service
NSIP has sub-awarded to:
Arizona-University of Arizona, Sonoran-Project and Fellowship
Mississippi-University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies-Project
North Carolina-University of North Carolina, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities-Project
Maine-University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
Vermont- University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
Idaho - Center on Disabilities and Human Development, University of Idaho
Iowa - Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa
New York - Westchester Institute for Human Development, New York Medical College
Profile: Arizona Partnership
Overview & Highlights
Forming the Partnership
Establishing a Partnership at the UCEDD
Accomplishments & Challenges
Benefit to the UCEDD
How does national service currently fit into your UCEDD?
What ideas or strategies do you have to intentionally integrate national service into UCEDD programs and/or activities?
What resources are still needed to further develop or establish lasting collaborative relationships with national service in your state?
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