Newsletter – April 2008
AmeriCorps Week 2008
AmeriCorps Week (May 11-18) provides an opportunity to thank AmeriCorps members and alumni for their service and its impacts, acknowledge the many contributions of public and private community groups to the program and urge more individuals of all ages and backgrounds to sign up for a year of service.
On Monday, May 12, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal AmeriCorps grant maker, announced the winners of the 2008 AmeriCorps national grant competition. Two California programs, Hope Works and The Child Welfare System Improvement Program, were successful in bringing nearly $1 million in new AmeriCorps grant funds to California.
• Hope Works is a gang-prevention pilot program and will place AmeriCorps members in teams in California neighborhoods with a high concentration of community violence. Members will conduct intensive mentoring and monitoring of high-risk youth age 12-16 to build resiliency, provide positive social development opportunities and reinforce law-abiding behaviors. Through multiple weekly contacts, home visits, school advocacy, recreation, community service, resource referrals and family assistance, 900 California youth will have healthy alternatives to gangs, community violence and drug use.
• The Child Welfare System Improvement Program will provide services to 380 families who were reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) for possible child abuse and ultimately were assessed by CPS as being “at-risk” of abuse. Members will also provide services and support to 70 foster families and foster youth. The AmeriCorps members will serve at community-based locations or county offices in six California counties: Butte, Glenn, Humboldt, Stanislaus, Tehama and Trinity.
The AmeriCorps Act of 2008
“Because of AmeriCorps, our communities have been strengthened, and our democracy fortified,” said Dodd. “Unfortunately, as the hours AmeriCorps members have contributed to our communities have increased, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award created to help members pay for their college tuition has remained flat at $4,725. At the same time, the cost of college has skyrocketed. That is one of the reasons Senator Cochran and I are introducing the ACTION Act today, to help the AmeriCorps Education Award keep pace with 15 years of tuition increases.
Provisions of the Act include:
• Raise the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to $6,185 and raise the award each subsequent year to represent the average cost of tuition and required fees at a 4-year public university;
• Make the education award tax exempt;
• Promote the Corporation for National and Community Service to Cabinet level status
Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker, Wraps up State-Wide Listening Tour
“Volunteers play a vital role in addressing the critical needs of our communities and state,” remarked Karen Baker, secretary of Service and Volunteering. “The Governor and I recognize the need to more effectively utilize this powerful resource.”
Secretary Baker’s statewide tour, which began on February 27, included 30 stops throughout California. Baker met with leaders from the nonprofit and corporate sectors, philanthropy, public agencies, emergency managers and volunteer organizations active in disaster. The purpose of the listening tour was to engage nonprofits and public agencies in dialogue to better understand the status of and needs for volunteering in local communities and explore opportunities to build partnerships and tackle the barriers to volunteering in California.
The listening tour came on the heels of the Governor’s nation-leading action to establish a cabinet-level position on service and volunteering. This new position raised the profile of service in the Golden State to a national level; will help improve coordination of vital volunteer activities statewide and support local service efforts; encourage more Californians to become involved with service and volunteerism; help California respond to natural disasters and emergencies; and give California’s volunteers a voice at the highest levels of state government.
White House Faith-Based & Community Initiative Conference-Sacramento
Sacramento, California – August 18, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sacramento Convention Center
The Magic of Connections National Mentoring Summit
Participants will learn from mentoring experts, as well as, business and civic leaders about the benefits of mentoring and the latest developments in the field. The summit will also build skills for mentoring program professionals and demonstrate how communities, faith-based groups and businesses can get involved in supporting young people through mentoring. There will be keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitors providing learning opportunities for participants.
Summit Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008 – Friday, September 19, 2008
Summit Location: Disneyland Resort
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, California 92802
For further summit details visit the Magic of Connections Web site.
ServiceNation Summit 2008
The ServiceNation Summit will join together young Americans with 500 leaders from every sector of American life —from universities and foundations, to business and politics— to craft and endorse a Declaration Of Service that will lay out a compelling case for dramatically expanding service opportunities for all Americans. The Declaration of Service will also detail a strategy for using citizen service to target specific challenges —from the high school dropout crisis to disaster response— by creating meaningful opportunities for Americans to do some form of service at every age, from kindergarten through the retirement years.
The ultimate goal of the ServiceNation Summit and the Declaration of Service is to inspire a culture of service that engages one million Americans a year in full-time service by the year 2020.
Summit Date: September 17-19, 2008
Summit Location: New York City
For further summit details visit the ServiceNation Web site.
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