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  • 1.Communications Update Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) www.iacampuscompact.org

2. Agenda

  • The purpose of this information session is tri-fold:
    • Provide general information
    • Determine eligibility and interest for participation
    • Next Steps

3. Who We Are

  • National organization consisting of 35 state offices
  • President s association including public, private, four-year and two-year
  • Coalition of more than 1,100 presidents
  • Build strong communities, educate next generation of responsible citizens

4. Who We Are

  • Mission:
  • Campus Compact advances the public purpose of college and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
  • Vision:
  • Campus Compact envisions colleges and universities as vital agents and architects of a diverse democracy, committed to educating students for responsible citizenship in ways that both deepen their education and improve the quality of community life.We challenge higher education to make civic and community engagement an institutional priority.

5. Who We Are

  • In Iowa, represent 23 colleges and universities
  • Established in 2003
  • Board of member presidents
  • 2008 value of student service in Iowa valued at more $20 million, more than 1 million hours served
  • $5.7 billion nationally

6. Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program

  • 130 college students serving 300 or 450 hours of service in their campus community
  • Upon satisfactory completion eligible for $1,132 or $1,415 education award
  • Project goals include:
    • Increase capacity and meet needs of local nonprofits
    • Increasing students sense of civic responsibility and connections in local Iowa community
    • Increase rate of college student volunteerism in Iowa

7. Corporation for National and Community Service

  • In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established. The Corporation was created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation.
  • Mission: to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
  • Oversee management of AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps, and Learn and Serve America

8. Benefits

  • $1,132 education award
  • The difference you make in the community
  • Provides opportunities to grow professionally and personally
  • Allows networking with other students committed to improving communities
  • Joining the National Service movement through AmeriCorps

9. Why you should join

  • SERVE your community andgive back through service
  • LEARN about your community and yourself
  • EARN an educational award of $1,131 to use towards your education expenses, student loans, and/or continuing education

10. Eligibility

  • At least 17 years old
  • GED, high school diploma, or working towards one of the above options and will receive it before using the service scholarship
  • United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Comply with Drug Free Workplace Act
  • Proof of citizenship:
  • U.S. Citizen: Need a photocopy of either your current passport OR birth certificate and photo ID
  • Permanent Resident: Need a photocopy of either your permanent resident card or current passport with INS approval of resident status.

11. Commitment

  • Serve at an area not-for-profit
  • Recruit 10 volunteers
  • Attend required meetings and trainings
  • Submit monthly time sheet
  • Serve 300 hours in 1 calendar year
  • Ideally complete program before end of second semester or must live in area during extended breaks (summer)

12. Service Plan

  • You can do service that fits into one of five AmeriCorps goals:
      • Education
      • Public Health
      • Public Safety
      • Human Needs
      • The Environment
  • You can serve at any qualifying non-profit organization, including public schools, government agencies, charitable non-profits, faith-based centers, and arts and culture institutions.
  • You can also spend some of your service on member development/training.

13. Service Plan

  • Service should be completed at organizations that are part of your service plan
  • Intentional and pre-determined
  • Do not expect service hours to be approved if they are not pre-determined as part of the service plan
  • Can also do one-time volunteer projects
  • Can re-visit service plan
  • Must serve in every month while in-service (could be training hours)

14. Member Development/Training

  • Member development/training is an important part of AmeriCorps service.
  • Member development hours can account for up to 20% of your total service term and include:
    • Training related to your direct service
    • Professional conferences or workshops
    • Faculty meetings or agency staff meetings
    • Required ICAP trainings
  • The maximum number of member development hours you can accrue with each term of service is:
    • 60 member development hours out of the 300

15. Fundraising

  • Fundraising can account for up to 10% of your total service term and includes:
    • Members are allowed to fundraise for specific service projects and solicit in-kind donations
  • The maximum number of member development hours you can accrue with each term of service is:
    • 30 hours out of the 300

16. Prohibited Activities

  • It is really important that you know up-front what some of the activities are that you cannot do as an AmeriCorps member.
  • Individuals may engage in these activities in their personal time, but may not include these activities as part of their term of service nor can AmeriCorps related paraphernalia be worn/exhibited nor can it be perceived you are on duty as an AmeriCorps member.

17. Political Activities

  • Political Activities
  • Efforts to influence legislation (i.e. lobbying)
  • Engaging in partisan political activities
  • Advocacy for or against political parties, platforms, or candidates
  • Voter registration drives
  • Participating in boycotts, strikes, or protests

18. Prohibited Activities

  • Religious Activities
  • Engaging in religious instruction or proselytizing
  • Conducting worship services
  • Constructing or maintaining facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship

19. Prohibited Activities

  • Union Activities
  • Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing
  • Interfering with contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements

20. Prohibited Activitied

  • For-profit Businesses
  • Providing a direct benefit for a for-profit entity, a labor union, a partisan political organization, or an organization engaged in religious instruction

21. Prohibited Activities

  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing or fundraising for operational expenses at the non-profit agency
  • Time for Greek Philanthropy activities cannot count

22. Prohibited Activities

  • Service that one would normally do
  • The program s intent is not to reward those for activities that would be done anyway
  • Your service should be going above and beyond what you normally would do otherwise
  • Prohibited:
    • Abortion Referrals and Services

23. Prohibited Activitied

  • Tutoring by itself is not an allowable activityUNLESSit is with an organization that meets all requirements of a tutoring program.
  • Moreover, these activities need to be referred to as mentoring in the service performed section of the timesheet.

24. Prohibited Activities

  • International Activities
  • All volunteer work must be done in the United States
  • National Activities (outside of Iowa)
  • Virtually all activities need to be completed within Iowa in the campus community, but with prior approval (such as campus sponsored service trips) you may