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Yay Us! CNCS Videos Win 3 Telly Awards
The Corporation for National and Community Service recently won three 2018 Telly Awards for videos the agency produced to showcase our initiatives. Our “AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program: Making Detroit Safer” video took home Silver and Bronze Tellys in the “General - Social Issues” and “General - Documentary” categories, respectively. The “Getting Things Done After Hurricane Harvey” video also received a Bronze Telly in the “General - Documentary” category. The Tellys honor the best work in television and video, and the winners were chosen from more than 12,000 entries submitted from all 50 states and five continents.
Congratulations to our national service members and our creative team for “getting things done” with award-winning service.
Jun 7, 2018
Yay Us! CNCS Videos Win 3 Telly Awards
The Corporation for National and Community Service recently won three 2018 Telly Awards for videos the agency produced to showcase our initiatives. Our “...
It’s been a few months since the Office of Research & Evaluation (ORE) first introduced the seven grantees who received 2017 AmeriCorps State and National Evidence-based Planning Grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Since then, the organizations have continued the planning process and begun early implementation of their programs that leverage AmeriCorps members to make a local impact and address pressing societal needs.
In our second blog, we catch up with these grantees to get the scoop on the progress made in program development, to understand their current priorities, and to learn about opportunities and obstacles they encountered along the way.Antioch University
Antioch University is using its CNCS grant to explore an alliance with the Job Corps program that enhances career preparation in the health and science field, where participants practice their newly learned skills as AmeriCorps members.
The university is currently in a “reconnaissance phase” of program development, gathering information and identifying potential resources for the AmeriCorps partnership. Antioch University is specifically looking into the compatibility of apprenticeships, vocational schools, and community and small colleges to better transition program graduates. These types of offerings are important for the alignment of the curricula, as well as for building connections between opportunity youth and pathways to success after AmeriCorps service. For example, an ongoing review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research documents and training materials has yielded valuable information and training resources, which also helps identify potential business and industry opportunities in the program areas.
Jun 1, 2018
Prepare now for storms that could affect your area
The 2018 Hurricane Season begins on June 1. Last year, we witnessed an unprecedented hurricane season that communities in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be recovering from for years to come. Never before has it been so important for those in hurricane-prone areas to share information about preparedness to help save lives and protect their communities.
What can you do to get ready?
Powerful hurricanes can affect communities beyond coastal areas. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding can be felt hundreds of miles inland, potentially causing loss of life and catastrophic damage to property. It only takes one to change your life and your community. As Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac remind us, it is not just major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) that we need to worry about. All hurricanes could potentially cause significant damage.
Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps people can take to get ready for hurricane season.
Know Your Risk
Find out today what types of impacts could happen where you live.To search for general information about risks in your area, visit Ready.gov and search for your state. Check out NOAA’s historical hurricane tracks tool for the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.
Take action now to be prepared for hurricane season. As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communications plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.
May 31, 2018
than 6.7 million low‐income youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are either
homeless, in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, unemployed,
or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping out of an educational institution. Through
programs such as AmeriCorps, the Corporation for National and Community Service
(CNCS) recruits opportunity youth to engage in national service projects, and
in return, these young adults receive mentoring, coaching, and skills development
that position them for success after their service ends.
Office of Research & Evaluation (ORE) recently completed a study of opportunity
youth who were engaged in service as AmeriCorps members. The study faced
challenges measuring the impact of these national service programs due to small
sample sizes and limited program capacity. To address these challenges and
support a more efficient use of evaluation resources, ORE worked with its
grantees to implement a “bundled approach,” which groups several smaller
AmeriCorps programs together into a single evaluation.
ORE engaged independent evaluator JBS International to conduct an impact evaluation of the bundled programs with a goal of assessing whether participants showed greater improvements in education, employment, and civic engagement outcomes than comparison youth. Surveys were administered to participating youth at three points: the start of their service, the conclusion, and then six months after service.
May 18, 2018
It’s a busy Tuesday evening in February at Federal Hill House (FHH) in Providence, Rhode Island with several clients waiting to have their taxes prepared. Clients have come to trust and rely on the free tax preparation service offered by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). The VITA program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
Senior Corps RSVP volunteers are a critical part of the program and assist clients by greeting them, preparing and reviewing their tax returns, helping them fill out and understand their tax forms, explaining the tax credits for which they may or may not qualify, and making referrals to programs in the community. The Senior Corps RSVP volunteers are recruited by Federal Hill House to serve throughout Providence.
Nancy Henry, a Senior Corps RSVP volunteer, is one of the familiar faces who welcomes clients when they walk through the doors. She has served as a VITA volunteer for more than six years. As a trained IRS-certified volunteer, Nancy and six other Senior Corps RSVP volunteers are part of a team that helped prepare 2,930 tax returns this tax season (as of April 8, 2018). That marks an 8.57% increase from the previous year for the City of Providence.
Senior Corps RSVP volunteers serve at the various VITA sites across Providence, generating refunds, promoting credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, and referring clients to other financial programs such as the first-time homebuyer classes and credit repair program offered by member agencies of the coalition.
May 7, 2018
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