April 2004

Grant Results

SUMMARY

The International Center for Innovation in Civic Participation, Washington, (now called Innovations in Civic Participation) conducted a two-day forum in May 2003 to stimulate new thinking about the future shape and purpose of national service.

Getting Things Done: The Impact of National Service on Critical Social Issues, held May 15–16, 2003 in Washington, explored the impact of national service in three areas:

  • Youth development during after-school hours.
  • Independent living for senior citizens.
  • Rural development.

Key Recommendations
Conference attendees generated the following recommendations in each of the three issue areas:

Youth Development and National Service
National service programs should:

  • Help more individuals who volunteer with youth development programs to consider careers in the field.
  • Encourage better coordination among in-school and out-of-school programs.

Rural Development and National Service
National service programs should:

  • Create targeted development goals (human capital, community infrastructure, small businesses, etc.) for rural areas.
  • Support teachers in rural communities.

Independent Living for Seniors and National Service
National service programs should:

  • Design a public relations campaign that highlights both the current crisis in independent living and all of the research showing that volunteerism works in this area.
  • Make the "business case" for why this is a critical issue and how value is added through volunteer service.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) contributed $35,000 to the project from May 2002 through July 2003.

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THE PROJECT

Getting Things Done: The Impact of National Service on Critical Social Issues, held May 15–16, 2003 in Washington, explored the impact of national service in three areas: youth development during after-school hours, independent living for senior citizens and rural development.

The National Corporation on Aging, AARP, Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), National Alliance for Youth and Grantmaker Forum on National and Community Service cosponsored the event.

To guide discussions, project staff commissioned six papers, including overviews on national service over the past decade and information about the three topic areas (see Reports in the Bibliography) and distributed these in advance to the more than 100 forum attendees. Key speakers at the forum included:

  • John Bridgeland, Director of USA Freedom Corps.
  • Les Lenkowski, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
  • Susan Berresford, President, Ford Foundation.
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Chair, Corporation for National Service.

The conference background papers and a 126-page report summarizing major findings and recommendations from the forum were available for download at the Innovations Web site. Interested persons may also receive the full report via e-mail, in print form or on CD-ROM by contacting the grantee organization at info@icicp.org.

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RECOMMENDATIONS

Conference attendees generated the following recommendations in each of the three issue areas (for a more detailed discussion, see pages 12, 17, and 24 of the final report, available online).

Youth Development and National Service
National service programs should:

  • Help more individuals who volunteer with youth development programs to consider careers in the field.
  • Encourage better coordination among in-school and out-of-school programs.
  • Build better public understanding of service as a strategy for youth development.
  • Strengthen the continuum of service programs and educational options for children from the youngest age to college or alternative programs for out-of-school youth.
  • Strengthen service programs to promote citizenship and social change.

Rural Development and National Service
National service programs should:

  • Create targeted development goals (human capital, community infrastructure, small businesses, etc.) for rural areas.
  • Support teachers in rural communities.
  • Develop young people as the next generation of rural leaders.
  • Develop human capital in the service of rural areas.
  • Promote service-based community rebuilding as an alternative when the private sector fails.
  • Engage older Americans.
  • Create incentives for service participation.
  • Increase opportunities for discussion among experts in the field.

Independent Living for Seniors and National Service
National service programs should:

  • Design a public relations campaign that highlights both the current crisis in independent living and all of the research showing that volunteerism works in this area.
  • Make the "business case" for why this is a critical issue and how value is added through volunteer service.
  • Develop bold new partnerships with the AARP, the National Council on Aging, and other national groups working to support seniors, and with the faith community.
  • Build families as a vocal advocacy group.
  • Tap youth as a resource.
  • Encourage the U.S. Senate to conduct more hearings on "the graying of America."
  • Work on changes to the legislation reauthorizing the Corporation for National Service, adding flexibility where it is needed.
  • Continue to network and create partnerships with other service groups at the state and local level, connecting caregiver systems to volunteer resource systems.

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AFTER THE GRANT

Innovations in Civic Participation and its co-sponsoring organizations are disseminating the forum's final report through their distribution networks. The grantee organization plans to use the report to spur discussion at a series of three town hall meetings on national service and youth development, rural development and independent living for seniors, to be scheduled later in 2004. These meetings will build toward a planned policy seminar on national service for Capitol Hill staff members, targeted for November 2004.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Conference on the Future of National and Community Service in the United States

Grantee

International Center for Innovation in Civic Participation (Washington,  DC)

  • Amount: $ 35,000
    Dates: May 2002 to July 2003
    ID#:  044902

Contact

Susan E. Stroud
(202) 775-0290
stroud@icicp.org

Web Site

http://www.icicp.org

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APPENDICES


Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Presenters and Panelists

Susan V. Berresford
President
Ford Foundation
New York, N.Y.

Jerry Brant
President and COO
Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation
Northern Cambria, Pa.

John Bridgeland
Director
USA Freedom Corps
Washington, D.C.

Sarah Brown
Director
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Washington, D.C.

Carol Buster
AmeriCorps Program Director
Little Dixie Community Action Agency
Hugo, Okla.

T. Allan Comp, Ph.D.
Founder and Project Historian
AMD&ART
Program Analyst
Watershed Assistance Team, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C.

Katherine "Sissy" Corr
Executive Director
Notre Dame Mission Volunteers — AmeriCorps
Baltimore, Md.

Carol Crecy
Director
Center for Communication and Consumer Services, U.S. Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.

Dee Davis
President
Center for Rural Strategies
Whitesburg, Ky.

Rosa DeLauro
U.S. Congress (Connecticut)
Washington, D.C.

Cynthia Duncan
Director
Community and Resource Development, Ford Foundation
Author
Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America
New York, N.Y.

Tom Endres
President
Endres & Associates Consulting
Rockville, Md.

James Firman
President and CEO
National Council on Aging
Washington, D.C.

Amy K. Glasmeier
Professor of Geography
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pa.

Stephen Goldsmith
Chair
Corporation for National Service
Special Advisor to the President on Faith-based and Nonprofit Initiatives
Former Mayor of Indianapolis
Washington, D.C.

John Gomperts
CEO and Executive Director
Experience Corps
Washington, D.C.

Rev. W. Wilson Goode
Executive Director
Amachi Program
Former Mayor of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pa.

Francisco Guajardo
Llano Grande
Edcouch, Texas

Ira Harkavy
Associate Vice President and founding Director
Center for Community Partnerships
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

Mavis Hill
Executive Director
Tyrrell County Community Development Corporation
Columbia, N.C.

Deborah Jospin
Partner
sagawa/jospin
Chevy Chase, Md.

Judy Karasik
Author and Independent Consultant
Silver Spring, Md.

Irv Katz
President & CEO
National Collaboration of Youth
Washington, D.C.

Carol Kuhre
Executive Director
Rural Action
Trimble, Ohio

Adraine LaRoza
Executive Director
ManaTeens
Bradenton, Fla.

Leslie Lenkowsky
CEO
Corporation for National and Community Service
Washington, D.C.

Joanna Lennon
Executive Director
East Bay Conservation Corps
Oakland, Calif.

Laura Lockwood
ManaTeens
Bradenton, Fla.

Catherine Milton
President
Friends of the Children
Portland, Ore.

Vincent Pan
Executive Director
Heads Up
Washington, D.C.

John F. Pribyl
Director
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minn.

Sandra Rosenblith
Senior Vice President
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Washington, D.C.

Shirley Sagawa
Partner
sagawa/jospin
Alexandria, Va.

Tess Scannell
Director
Senior Corps
Washington, D.C.

Eric Schwarz
President
Citizen Schools
Boston, Mass.

Dorothy Stoneman
President
YouthBuild USA
Somerville, Mass.

Susan Stroud
Executive Director
Innovations in Civic Participation
Washington, D.C.

Michael Tierney
Executive Director
Step by Step
Harts, W.Va.

Rachel Tompkins
President
The Rural School and Community Trust
Washington, D.C.

Andrea Turner
Program Director
Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Program, SCP City of Oakland
Oakland, Calif.

Juan Williams
Senior Correspondent
National Public Radio
Washington, D.C.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Reports

Endres, T. National and Community Service: A Resource for Long-Term Care. Washington, D.C.: Innovations in Civic Participation, 2003.

Jospin, D and Carpenter, L. Service as a Strategy to Promote Rural Development. Washington, D.C.: Innovations in Civic Participation, 2003.

Karasik, J. National and Community Service: Ten Years of National Service. Washington, D.C.: Innovations in Civic Participation, 2003.

Sagawa, S. Background Paper on National and Community Service. Washington, D.C.: Innovations in Civic Participation, 2003.

Sagawa, S. Getting Things Done to Promote Positive Youth Development During Out of School Time. Washington, D.C.: Innovations in Civic Participation, 2003.

The Impact of National Service on Critical Social Issues. Getting Things Done, May 15–16. Washington, D.C.: Innovations in Civic Participation, 2004.

World Wide Web Sites

www.icicp.org. The Innovations in Civic Participation Web site carries commissioned papers from the forum as well as the final report with recommendations.

Sponsored Conferences

Getting Things Done: The Impact of National Service on Critical Social Issues, May 15–16, 2003, Washington, D.C.. Attended by more than 100 national service program leaders, including experts in the fields of youth policy, rural development and aging; policy makers; and government and private sector funders. Organizations represented include USA Freedom Corps, American Association for Retired Persons, the National Council on the Aging, Corporation for National and Community Service, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, America's Promise — The Alliance for Youth, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Habitat for Humanity. Five keynote presentations, two plenary sessions, two panel presentations, and six issue sessions. The final report includes list of presenters and panelists, beginning on page 33.

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Report prepared by: Kristine Conner
Reviewed by: Kelsey Menehan
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Calvin Bland

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