Southwest Cluster Conference
Community. Knowledge. Partnerships. These values guide the work of Campus Compact in the Intermountain West/Great Plains and have fostered a broad and significant National Service community within institutions across partnering states. Nationally, Campus Compact has placed millions of students with community partners to advance students' civic and social responsibility for over two decades. For Colorado and Montana Campus Compacts (CO/MTCC), we work within these tenets as part of our regional AmeriCorps program focused on institutions of higher education and local communities in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
CO/MTCC is pleased to submit this proposal building upon the years of trainings these two offices have implemented with and for National Service Members and staff. With fewer resources we must be more innovative in how we provide meaningful training, how we leverage funding to support training priorities, and how we develop strategic partnerships to provide effective training across large geographic areas. CO/MTCC hosts an annual AmeriCorps Coordinator Meeting in February of each year that brings together 60-70 national direct AmeriCorps staff from the region for high-quality training and technical assistance. Building a Southwest cluster conference around the existing Coordinator Meeting will allow resources to be directed strategically for greater impact for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps staff.
The following priorities will inform the conference design: Ensuring rigorous impact data collection, building on the strength and expertise of the region through high-impact practices; providing professional development and opportunities for reflection/rejuvenation for National Service staff; leveraging National Service funding and partnerships for meaningful collaboration. CO/MTCC is well poised to serve the Southwest cluster by building on best practices for training and technical assistance on a regional scale.