Regis University-Colorado Campus Compact
For the past decade, Colorado Campus Compact (CCC) has engaged college and university students in AmeriCorps service to their communities as a State Commission program and as a regional national direct program. In 2011-2014, CCC is excited to partner with Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) to expand the reach and impact of students in service to their communities in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Compact Service Corps Program (CSC) combines best practices from CCC's UCAN Serve AmeriCorps program and MTCC's Montana Campus Corps program into a regional initiative that infuses higher education resources into the critical work of nonprofit organizations, public schools and government agencies. CSC seeks sustainable solutions to identified local and regional issues through intensive student engagement and citizenship development, strengthened campus and community partnerships, and expanded economic and academic opportunities for students and community members.
As an intermediary organization, CCC provides AmeriCorps opportunities to an array of largely rural organizations without the capacity to manage their own AmeriCorps programs. CCC builds the capacity of nonprofits to expand and improve services, foster collaboration with campuses, recruit volunteers, and engage community members to create sustainable solutions to local problems. Structured training and regular reflection augment service activities to increase members' civic engagement and leadership skills and to encourage the pursuit of careers in the common good. Though individual service projects vary according to community needs, consistent throughout CSC is an emphasis on building the enduring capacity of community-based organizations and public schools to meet local needs, employing student service as a solution to identified community issues and expanding the opportunity for students to engage meaningfully in their local communities for both short and long-term impact.
The CSC Program brings together 41 universities, colleges and organizations in a 5-state region to engage 5,608 students annually in AmeriCorps service. Primary goals include:
* Increasing the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, public schools and government agencies to meet community needs through partnerships with local colleges and universities, particularly in the fields of healthcare and education;
* Increasing economic and educational opportunities for students using service as a retention tool, with an emphasis on first-generation college students;
* Engaging veterans in national service and supporting AmeriCorps projects focused on providing services to veterans and military families;
* Increasing opportunities for students to become active citizens through national service as part of academic programs or co-curricular activities.
Student service offers a powerful tool for addressing community needs in both the short and long terms. As it provides immediate, hands-on remediation, it also grows active citizens with the knowledge and confidence to continue effecting change throughout their lives.