New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute

This page contains training material provided to new AmeriCorps programs in 2015.

New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (April 14)

Topic: AmeriCorps Program Continuity Planning
This webinar was presented by AmeriCorps State and National staff, and it included guests speakers from the Literacy Lab and the Maine State Service Commission. Participants included the staff of state commissions and new AmeriCorps programs in 2015-2016. The agenda included 10 elements of strong program continuity planning, best practices from the field, and resources for program and commission staff. 
 
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Click to download the presentation handouts:  Ten Elements of Program Continuity Planning (PDF), Continuity Planning Self-Assessment (PDF), Maine National Service Program Director Core Competencies and Indicator Rubric (PDF)
 

New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (April 5)

Topic: Disability Inclusion – Common Issues and New Solutions
This webinar was presented by the CNCS Disability Inclusion Advisor, and participants included the staff of state commissions and new AmeriCorps programs in 2015-2016. The agenda included: a discussion of requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and their impact on service programs; recommendations for strong AmeriCorps member screening and selection processes; and a review of available and affordable resources to support program and commission staff.
 
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New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (March 17)

Topic: Monitoring AmeriCorps Members and Sites
This webinar was presented by staff in AmeriCorps State and National and three AmeriCorps program directors. Participants included new AmeriCorps programs in the 2015-2016 program year, state commission staff, and tribal programs. The agenda included an overview of grantee monitoring requirements for AmeriCorps members and sites and program spotlights on the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, and Catholic Charities USA.

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New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (February 18)

Topic: AmeriCorps Member Retention and Training
This webinar was presented by CNCS staff in AmeriCorps State and National, and participants included the staff of new AmeriCorps programs in the 2015-2016 program year and state commission staff. The agenda included a description of key components of a strong AmeriCorps orientation and training program, how programs may design training plans to address a variety of member needs, and how to foster a climate of support that will help AmeriCorps members successfully complete their terms of service.
 
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New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (January 28)

Topic: AmeriCorps Program Evaluation: Laying the Groundwork Before Your First Evaluation
This webinar was presented by CNCS staff in the Office of Research and Evaluation, and participants included the staff of new AmeriCorps programs in the 2015-2016 program year and state commission staff. The agenda included description of the five critical activities for your first three-year AmeriCorps grant cycle, how these activities lay the foundation for future evaluation work, and how to plan ahead to ensure that your program achieves key first-cycle milestones. This course is also a part of the Evaluation Core Curriculum. You can access all evaluation courses here: http://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/evaluation. 
 
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Additional Resources: Laying the Groundwork Before Your First Evaluation Assessment Tool  (PDF), Laying the Groundwork Before Your First Evaluation Assessment Table (PDF)

New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (December 10)

Topic: AmeriCorps Impact and Branding
This webinar was presented by CNCS staff, and participants included the staff of new AmeriCorps programs in the 2015-2016 program year and state commission staff. The agenda included recommendations for using data collection and storytelling to demonstrate the impact of AmeriCorps from AmeriCorps State and National staff and national service branding guidance from the Chief of the CNCS Office of External Affairs. 

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New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (November 12)

Topic: AmeriCorps Member Management
This webinar was presented by AmeriCorps State and National staff. Participants included the staff of new AmeriCorps programs in the 2015-2016 program year and state commission staff. The agenda included AmeriCorps member service assignment requirements, position description development, orientation and training, and performance assessment. 

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New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (August 20)

Topic: Site Management, Member Management, and Financial Systems 
This webinar was presented by CNCS staff in the AmeriCorps State and National Office and Office of Grants Management. Participants included the staff of new AmeriCorps programs launching in the 2015-2016 program year and state commission staff. The presenters addressed key aspects of site and member management, provided an overview of financial management systems required for AmeriCorps grantees, and highlighted additional resources to support new programs.
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  • Click here to download the presentation PPT with notes

New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (July 23)

Topic: Orientation to CNCS
This webinar was presented by CNCS staff in the AmeriCorps State and National Office and Office of Grants Management. Participants included the staff of new AmeriCorps programs launching in the 2015-2016 program year and state commission staff. The agenda included an orientation to CNCS and AmeriCorps grant-making, introduction to financial management, and key elements of the National Service Criminal History Check requirements.

New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (March 19)

Topic: Monitoring AmeriCorps Members and Sites
This webinar was presented by staff in AmeriCorps State and National with a program spotlight on the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo program. Participants included new AmeriCorps programs in the 2014-2015 program year. The agenda included an overview of grantee monitoring requirements for AmeriCorps members and sites and a program spotlight on Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s Target Tigua AmeriCorps program in Texas.
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  • Click to download the presentation handouts: Self-Monitoring Evaluation Template (DOC) (PDF), Self-Monitoring Financial Literacy Sample (DOC) (PDF), Site Feedback Letter (DOC) (PDF)

New AmeriCorps Program Start-up Institute (February 19)

Topic: AmeriCorps Member Evaluation and Support
This webinar was presented by AmeriCorps State and National staff. Participants included the staff of new AmeriCorps programs in the 2014-2015 program year. This agenda included AmeriCorps member evaluation requirements and the AmeriCorps member experience.
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New AmeriCorps Program Start Up Institute (January 27)​

Topic: Grantee Reporting
This webinar was presented by staff in AmeriCorps State and National and the Office of Grants Management. Participants included new AmeriCorps programs in the 2014-2015 program year. The agenda included detailed instructions for submitting the Grantee Program Report and the Federal Financial Report.

 

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