Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) announces funding up to $26,000 for the 2018-2019 Pathways of Community Change research project. The broad focus of the research is to identify current strategies and approaches to build civil discourse, teach the spectrum of community/social change work, and better connect aspects of national service (AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps VISTA) experiences as building blocks for future community change work. Outcomes of the research will include development and implementation of research-based training curriculum/modules to be offered for AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps VISTA members in Montana.
We will hold an informational call on October 5th, please join using this link.
Applications are due by October 28, 2018.
This research and related training are needed to address a growing challenge within national service programs around retention and member satisfaction. One identified factor impeding retention and satisfaction is the difficulty members sometimes have connecting their motivations for service and community change with the skill development national service experience provides. Historically, program management practices prove otherwise; in fact, national service can be an excellent way to build skill sets that better prepare individuals for professional careers in pursuit of community change and social impact.
The research project funding will be awarded to a faculty member at a Montana Campus Compact member institution of higher education to produce the following deliverables:
- Research current methods that 1) build effective civil discourse among diverse groups and audiences; 2) understand aspects of young adult-development as it relates to civic engagement and social change; and 3) examine relevant models of career development on a spectrum of community/social change work.
- Build research-based curriculum and training modules to be implemented at member training sessions.
- Offer two to three training sessions spring (March 7-8, 2018 in Helena) and summer 2019 for national service members to assist members building professional pathways for community change work that are rooted in and expand on their national service experience.
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