Certificate in Civic Leadership and Practicum

A four-credit class through Prescott College, the Certificate in Civic Leadership and Service Practicum helps participants develop the knowledge and skills to be effective community leaders. It is designed to meet the needs of a variety of participants, from those looking to launch a career in the nonprofit sector to established professionals who want to refine their skills.

Members attend ten trainings either in person or online and complete a culminating project. The ten trainings, service experience, and  the culminating project are designed to empower National Service members to have the greatest impact in the communities they serve. Topics include:

  • All About Data
  • Allyship 101
  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Capacity Building and Sustainability
  • Community Organizing
  • Community Outreach and Messaging
  • Effective Communication                                                                
  • Introduction to Logic Models
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Project Management
  • Volunteer Management
Guest Speaker Series

Panel series where National Service and community members alike hear directly from local leaders about issues that influence poverty at a national and community level. Topics are timely and relevant and allow engagement in real conversations with field experts. The series promotes opportunities to network and get involved. Topics include:

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Introduction to Poverty
  • Immigration and Refugee Resettlement
  • Low-Income Elders
  • Native American Communities
  • Public Health and Opioid Issues
Team Meetings 

Held monthly across regions and grants, these meetings serve as a way for our members to collaborate and connect on an ongoing basis. Each month a professional development focus area is highlighted, meant to strengthen skills National Service members often use at their sites. Topics include:

  • Difficult Conversations
  • Creating an Elevator Pitch
  • Cultivating Empathy and Understanding
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • How to Become an Effective Leader
  • Life After Service
  • Morale Curve & Stress Management
  • Networking
  • Personality & Collaboration in the Workplace
  • Professionalism and Communication
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Time Management and SMART Goals
  • Understanding your WHY