February 19, 2009
Having full-time dedicated AmeriCorps or recent high school graduates on staff can be mutually beneficial to your organization and those individuals. Nonprofit tree groups benefit from low-cost, hard-working staff, while young adults (typically ages 17-24) work on building a team-based life experience and service-learning opportunity. Programs can be designed to build an ethic of service among young adults from diverse backgrounds, forming a corps of informed and trained advocates prepared to address local environmental and community concerns. Most importantly, you provide these young adults with the motivation and financial resources to contribute to the community or pursue further education.
Incorporating AmeriCorps and Recent Grads Into Local Programs Resource List
Yvonne Lee, Assistant Director, Shreveport Green (Shreveport, LA)
ShrevCORPS is a two- time national award-winning program and has been recognized by President Clinton, Governor Blanco, Louisiana Senators Breaux and Landrieu, Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) and the American Association of State Service Commissions (ASC) as one of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs in the United States.
Ashley Atkinson, Program Director, The Greening of Detroit (Detroit, MI)
The Greening of Detroit’s AmeriCorps volunteers spread the message of the value of trees while ensuring that plantings are properly cared for in the summer months when they need the most attention. They travel around the city caring for the 28,000 trees that The Greening of Detroit has planted. Corps members learn about urban forestry and horticulture as well as team work during the course of the summer.
Brown Bag attendees will learn:
* Tips for applying to become an AmeriCorps worksite.
* Recruiting and managing AmeriCorps members and high school graduates.
* Structuring a meaningful program (for you and them).
* Building workprograms into the organization’s permanent infrastructure.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 2 Approved: 1 Hour