Intro to Americorps and Public Allies


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Intro to Americorps and Public Allies

  1. 3. History of National Service in U.S. <ul><li>1933-1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), providing opportunities for millions of young men to serve six to 18 months to help restore the nation's parks, revitalize the economy, and support their families and themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>1935 The Works Progress Administration, later renamed the Work Projects Administration, is established to provide work-relief for millions of unemployed Americans. </li></ul><ul><li>1944 The GI Bill, officially known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, is created, linking service and education and offering Americans educational opportunity in return for service to their country. </li></ul>
  2. 4. History of National Service in U.S. <ul><li>1961 President John F. Kennedy proposes establishment of the Peace Corps and Congress authorizes it on September 22, 1961. President Kennedy states, &quot;The wisdom of this idea is that someday we'll bring it home to America.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>1964 As part of the &quot;War on Poverty,&quot; President Lyndon B. Johnson creates VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), a National Teacher Corps, the Job Corps, and University Year of Action. </li></ul><ul><li>1965 College work-study programs are established to harness the energy and enthusiasm of young people in communities. </li></ul>
  3. 5. History of National Service in U.S. <ul><li> 1966 </li></ul><ul><li>3,600 VISTA members are serving throughout the country, helping to develop the first Head Start programs and Job Corps sites, and starting agricultural cooperatives, community groups, and small businesses. </li></ul><ul><li>1966-1967 The phrase &quot;service-learning&quot; is first used to describe a project in East Tennessee that links students and faculty with area development organizations. </li></ul>
  4. 6. History of National Service in U.S. <ul><li>1989-1990 President George H.W. Bush creates the Office of National Service in the White House and the Points of Light Foundation to foster volunteering. </li></ul><ul><li>1990 President Bush signs the National and Community Service Act of 1990 into law. The legislation authorizes grants to schools to support service-learning through Serve America (now known as Learn and Serve America) and demonstration grants for national service programs to youth corps, nonprofits, and colleges and universities. </li></ul>
  5. 7. History of National Service in U.S. <ul><li>September 1993 President Bill Clinton signs the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, creating AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand opportunities for Americans to serve their communities. </li></ul><ul><li>1994 CNCS officially begins operation. </li></ul><ul><li>Congress passes the King Holiday and Service Act of 1994, charging the Corporation for National and Community Service with establishing Martin Luther King Day as a day of service. </li></ul><ul><li>September 1994 The first class of AmeriCorps members - 20,000 strong - begins serving in more than 1,000 communities. </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 21 st , 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>This Act increased the number of volunteers nationwide from 75,000 to 250,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Increased the education award granted to members to $5,350 </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>There are three divisions of AmeriCorps: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AmeriCorps State and National </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 10. NCCC <ul><li>AmeriCorps NCCC engages 18– to 24-year-olds in team- </li></ul><ul><li>based national and community service </li></ul><ul><li>Teams complete about four different six- to eight- </li></ul><ul><li>week-long projects during their 10-month term of service </li></ul><ul><li>Projects fall into one or more of five areas: disaster </li></ul><ul><li>response, infrastructure improvement, environmental </li></ul><ul><li>stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and </li></ul><ul><li>urban and rural development </li></ul>
  9. 11. VISTA <ul><li>Was founded in 1965 as a domestic version of the Peace Corps and incorporated into AmeriCorps in 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>VISTA provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>There are currently over 5,000 VISTA members serving in 1,200 VISTA programs nationwide </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>AmeriCorps State and National is the largest of the AmeriCorps programs </li></ul><ul><li>State and National provides grants to local and national organizations and agencies </li></ul><ul><li>AmeriCorps State and National members engage in direct service activities and capacity-building activities </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Can you guess which division of Americorps Public Allies is in? </li></ul>
  12. 14. beginnings <ul><li>In 1992 Vanessa Kirsch and Katrina Browne mobilized a diverse network of  young leaders and experienced mentors to create Public Allies in Washington, D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Also in 1992 President Bush's Commission on National and Community Service names Public Allies a model for national service and funds Public Allies as a demonstration project </li></ul><ul><li>Confronting myths of young people as uncaring, apathetic, or worse, Public Allies began with the belief that the untapped energy and idealism of young people can be a powerful force to transform communities </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>In 1993 Public Allies Michelle Obama founds Public Allies Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>That same year President Clinton names Public Allies a model for national service and First Lady Hilary Clinton hosts Rose Garden reception for Public Allies at the White House. </li></ul><ul><li>1994 marked the first receipt of AmeriCorps grants; Public Allies is one of the first programs to receive this new type of grant </li></ul>beginnings
  14. 16. Mission The mission of Public Allies is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation. Vision The vision of Public Allies is to create a more just and equitable society for all.
  15. 17. PUBLIC core ALLIES values <ul><li>inclusion – connect across cultures because the next generation of American leaders needs to look like America will look </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>focus on assets - recognize and advance the great things in individuals and communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>collaboration - facilitate action that truly utilizes at least two different partners </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>continuous learning - commit to self-development and growth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>integrity – be accountable to the people you work with and the community you serve </li></ul>
  16. 19. WE’RE A NATIONAL MOVEMENT THAT BELIEVES EVERYONE LEADS RE-DEFINING LEADERSHIP An action many can take, not just a position few can hold Grounded in personal responsibility and empowering others Creating lasting results that take hold when new voices emerge from community
  17. 20. <ul><li>We know that everyone has leadership potential and assets to contribute towards making a difference. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allies are about 67% people of color </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60% women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15% LGBT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50% college educated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We reject the notion that the best ideas and expertise always lie outside of a community </li></ul>
  18. 21. <ul><li>leadership is about taking personal and social responsibility and practicing values that engage others to work for common goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Alumni are more than twice as active in volunteer, civic and political activities than their peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>over 80% of Public Allies graduates continue to work in the nonprofit and public sectors </li></ul></ul>
  19. 22. <ul><li>We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for </li></ul>