EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - YOUTHPRISE, Minneapolis, MN
Youthprise, a Minnesota-based intermediary focused on youth engagement and leadership, proposes convening a 2-day training conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota to support AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps Project Directors in the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) North Central Region. The event will include a combination of keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and other peer learning opportunities. We are proposing a two-track conference that will address performance and compliance measures for CNCS Project Directors, as well as youth engagement strategies for volunteer and services organizations.
The first track aims to strengthen the capacity of AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps Project Directors to apply CNCS performance measurement and evaluation standards to their respective projects, and to improve their knowledge of CNCS' programmatic compliance competencies in the areas of grants administration, program management, and fiscal management. The conference will have a second track that will seek to impart effective strategies for engaging "opportunity youth," youth from communities of color, and native youth in service learning activities through recruiting them as members and demonstrating how various stakeholders can attract these youth by using relevant curriculum and other culturally relevant activities.
Although the training will target AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps staff in the 10-state North Central Region, the conference will be open to other national, state, and local service and volunteer organizations that seek to build their capacity in addressing performance measures, as well as program and fiscal management. Organizations looking to engage a subset of underserved and underrepresented youth in volunteer and service learning endeavors will also benefit from the event, scheduled for October 2013.
Youthprise is requesting $69,128 to plan and execute the conference.