An Organizational and Programmatic Overview Presentation Outline What is AmeriCorps? NCC Mission and Purpose Project Partners Project Overview Performance Measurements Goals and Expectations What is AmeriCorps? Domestic Peace Corps: AmeriCorps serves to strengthen communities through projects that address education, public safety, the environment, and other unmet human needs, while nurturing an ethic of service and volunteerism. President Bill Clinton created AmeriCorps in 1993. Comprised of 2,100 non-profit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. 75,000 individuals join AmeriCorps each year. Nearly 500,000 members have served since 1994. AmeriCorps members have earned 1 Billion Dollars in Education Awards since inception. The Corporation for National and Community Service The Corporation’s mission is to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage in service that addresses the nation’s educational, environmental, homeland security, other human needs and public safety to achieve direct and demonstrable results and to encourage all Americans to engage in such service. In doing so, the Corporation will foster civic responsibility, strengthen the ties that bind us together as a people, and provide educational opportunity for those who make a substantial commitment to service. 5 categories of National Service Learn & Serve Senior Corps America President’s Student Learn & Serve America Foster Grandparents RSVP Service Challenge State Ed Agencies (K-12) Sponsoring Agencies Sponsoring Agencies HS Jrs/Srs (Scholarships) Higher Ed Institutions State Offices State Offices K-Univ (Awards) Community-based Orgs Tribes Nat’l Demonstration Senior Companions Nat’l S-L Leader Schools Projects Sponsoring Agencies Middle & High Schools Nat’l L&S America T/TA Nat’l Organizations State Offices Nat’l S-L Clearinghouse Exchange Sponsoring Agencies All S-L practitioners All S-L practitioners & researchers AmeriCorps AState & National ANCCC APromise Fellows Tribes & Territories AVISTA Grants Grants State Commissions VISTA Leaders State Grants Local Projects National, Regional & Nat’l Organizations HQ State Commissions Sponsoring Agencies Local Projects Tribes & Territories Sponsoring Agencies SE Region Campus State Offices Ed Award Program National Directs Grants NE Region Campus Grants Nat’l Parent Organizations Nat’l Demonstration Central Region Campus State Commissions Projects Western Region Campus Nat’l Organizations HQ Capital Region Campus Tribes & Territories Nat’l Organizations Sponsoring Agencies The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service (NCNCS) 2/3rds of the funds appropriated by congress for AmeriCorps come through governor-established commissions. The NCNCS is responsible for selecting and monitoring the AmeriCorps programs in Nevada including the NCC. Nevada has 8 AmeriCorps Programs funded by the NCNCS: Family Resource Centers of Northeastern Nevada - 18 Half Time Members serving in Battle Mountain, Elko, Ely, Reno, Wells and Winnemucca Great Basin Institute - Nevada Conservation Corps - 18 Full Time Members, 36 Half Time and 33 Quarter Time Summer Members serving Statewide Parasol Community Foundation, Inc. 13 Full Time Members and 2 Half Time Members serving in Incline Village The City of Reno - Inclusion Youth Project 1 Full Time Member, 15 Half Time Members and 6 Quarter Time Summer Members serving in Reno U.S. VETS - Las Vegas - NV Collaboration for Homeless Veterans - 19 Full Time Members and 2 Half Time Members serving in Las Vegas and Henderson University of Nevada, Reno's Center for Excellence in Disabilities - AmeriCorps Youth Transition Project 20 Half Time Members serving in Reno/Sparks AmeriCorps expectations: Serve at a minimum - the hours listed in your contract Serve the full time period that is listed in your contract Participate in 4-6 service projects in addition to the regularly scheduled projects Participate in training and education programs Nevada Conservation Corps Mission Nevada Conservation Corps harnesses the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of Nevada public lands and communities. As a federally-funded AmeriCorps program, the NCC promotes ecological literacy through field research and direct conservation service. Our statewide program transcends racial, ethnic and economic barriers by creating a cadre of corps members comprised of diverse backgrounds, drawing from a broad-based national recruitment process. By uniting environmental resources from federal, state and county agencies, the NCC provides students and young professionals opportunities to gain valuable work experience while making meaningful contributions toward protecting and conserving Nevada’s natural heritage. Great Basin Institute Organizational Chart NCC Financial Overview AmeriCorps Grant = 26% of Budget Project Partner Cash Match = 75% of Budget Restoration Crew Project Partners United States Forest Service Nevada State Parks Bureau of Land Management Great Basin National Park Tahoe Rim Trail Association Nevada Division of Forestry The Nature Conservancy Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nevada Division of Wildlife Fish and Wildlife Service Nevada Fire Safe Council National Park Service City of Henderson Trail Projects Great Basin National Park Nevada State Parks USFS LTBMU at Lake Tahoe Forestry Projects Nevada Division of Forestry Nevada Fire Safe Council Why Cut? •Aspen Restoration •Reduce Fire Hazard •Remove Hazard Trees •Invasive Species •Diseased Restoration Projects Ash Meadows Lake Mead National Recreation Area …… Performance Measurements Performance Measurements track NCC accomplishments throughout the year Member Development Environmental Restoration Project Quality Assurance Capacity Building Volunteer Recruitment Member Development Chainsaw Training Trail Building CPR/First Aid Citizenship Training Training provided by project partner Readings, discussions, and presentations Citizenship Training AmeriCorps members will participate in a minimum of 10 hours of training in Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Active Citizens 101. The training will include such topics as leadership, effective citizenship, the Bill of Rights and community development. Environmental Restoration Goals in 2006-2007 Build, maintain, and decommission 75 miles of trail and illegal roads. Thin 150 acres of hazardous fuel. Plant 3,000 trees. Restore 20 miles of riparian zone. Remove non-native exotic plants from 2,500 acres. Environmental Restoration at start of 2007 67 miles of trail built (89%) 4,826 trees planted (160%) 833 acres of exotic plants removed (33%) 118 acres of forest thinned (79%) 25 miles of riparian restoration (125%) Environmental Restoration Project Quality Assurance 85% of the environmental restoration projects completed by AmeriCorps members will receive scores of 4 to 5 on project partner surveys. ○ 5 categories Currently at 100% in overall satisfaction ○ Slightly low in member skills (83%) Volunteer Recruitment and Community Service Projects 450 episodic community volunteers will be recruited, trained, and managed during the 2006-2007 AmeriCorps program year. 35 continuous volunteers will be recruited, trained, and managed during 2006- 2007 program year. 4 special community service projects will be completed during the 2006-2007 AmeriCorps program year. Volunteer Recruitment Volunteers Recruited in 2005-2006 467 Volunteers Recruited. 3,906 Hours Volunteered. 52 hours volunteered per AmeriCorps member Volunteers Recruited to date in 2006-2007 735 Volunteers Recruited. 2,631 Hours Volunteered. 30 hours volunteered per AmeriCorps member Upcoming AmeriCorps and Community Service Events AmeriCorps Service Summit, March 20-21 Earth Day, April 22nd NCC members will be leaders at the event Pre-training the night before Very large community event with great exposure! National Trails Day, June 2 NCC Code of Conduct • Respect • Participation • Positive Attitude • Work Ethic • Professionalism Roles within the crew Crew Supervisor Crew Leader Corpsmembers Education Facilitator Historian Tool Manager Vehicle Manager Kitchen Manager You Safety Protects Your fellow crewmembers GBI and NCC Policy Project partners Our environment and public land General Guidelines Wear Uniform and PPE (Hard hat, gloves, NCC shirt, Duck Brown Carhartts, safety glasses, chaps, proper boots). Attend all safety meetings and speak up about unsafe conditions. Ask questions Report all incidents and accidents immediately. Wear seatbelts and respect your vehicles! If you cant do it safely, DON’T DO IT. Expectations You will be challenged physically and mentally. You will develop close friendships. You will develop new skills. You will make lasting contributions to the health of our public land and environment.