TTA Update for AmeriCorps State and National Grantees

1. AmeriCorps State and National Symposium—As you know, the Symposium is the required grantee meeting for leadership staff of CNCS prime grantees in the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps State and National portfolio (i.e., directors of State Service Commissions, multi-state programs, tribal programs, national and tribal planning grantees, and programs operating in a state or territory without a commission). If you are bringing on new staff this summer who should attend the Symposium, please be sure to share this information and the link to the event website. It’s good to know that the Symposium is not open to the general public, and subgrantees and AmeriCorps members do not attend the event. You can access all of the event details, including an updated Symposium schedule at this link.

a. Location—The 2017 Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, on September 12-14. There will also be several pre-conference events on September 11-12 for staff of tribal programs funded by AmeriCorps.

b. Lodging Deadline August 21—CNCS has reserved a block of hotel rooms to support the Symposium at the event group rate. Please reserve your room as early as possible; in the last couple of years, our room block has filled up before the cut-off date. You can access the lodging information here.

c.   Registration Deadline September 1—The event website is open, and please be sure to register by September 1. You can find an updated Symposium schedule, what to expect, hotel information, and more for the Symposium at this link. There is no registration fee to attend the Symposium, but all grantees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals, etc. Please note that the Symposium event site also includes travel information, links to last year’s Symposium materials, and more. Be sure to bookmark the page, and check back often for updates. The agenda will be updated regularly as we move through the summer.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the Symposium.

d.   Orientation—To help orient new grantees and staff and help make the most of the Symposium, we will hold an optional Symposium briefing call for grantee staff before the event. Please mark your calendars for Monday, August 28, 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern; the conference call number is 888-906-7802, and the participant passcode is 9748678. I’ll send out a reminder for this call as we get closer to the date, and this orientation will be recorded in case you are not available on August 28. The recording will be available until September 28, and the replay number is 866-424-7874.

2. New AmeriCorps Program Staff Orientation—Please log on Thursday, July 27, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern for the next new AmeriCorps program staff orientation webinar in this summer’s series. This week’s session will focus on member recruitment, financial management, and criminal history checks. The audience for this session will be new programs as well as new staff at existing AmeriCorps State and National prime grantees (i.e., commissions, national/multi-state programs, and tribes). Webinar participation details are below. This webinar will be recorded and posted, along with recordings of earlier sessions, on the Knowledge Network in early August at this link: AmeriCorps Program Development Series | Corporation for National and Community Service

Title: New AmeriCorps Program Staff Orientation (to be presented by staff in the CNCS Office of Grants Management, Office of the Chief Risk Officer, and Chief Program Office)
Date: 7/27/17
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

Click this link to participate in the webinar: Join Skype Meeting (for grantee participants)

3. Employers of National Service—Please be sure to register your agency as an employer or national service. You can find all the details on the program at this link: The Employers of National Service network is a collaboration between CNCS, the Peace Corps, the National Peace Corps Association, AmeriCorps Alums, and Service Year to promote employment of service alumni. This is a great way to recruit talented and service-minded employees for your agency and offer powerful professional experiences to service alumni.

4. Resources on the National Service Knowledge Network—As AmeriCorps member recruitment season is in full swing, I want to remind you about a few resources posted on the Knowledge Network that may be useful. In the Resources for Programs link on the AmeriCorps Knowledge Network, you’ll find three documents designed by CNCS AmeriCorps State and National staff to help you design and post strong AmeriCorps member service listings in the My AmeriCorps Portal. The documents include a checklist for posting member listings, a list of minimum requirements, and tips for avoiding common mistakes with Portal listings. You can find these materials at this link.

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of this.

Thank you,

Barbara Ellen Reynolds
Training Specialist – AmeriCorps State and National
Corporation for National & Community Service
202-606-6814 (direct)

Published Date: 
July 25, 2017
Grantee Type: 
State Commission
National Direct
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