Certificate in Civic Leadership and Practicum

A four-credit class through Prescott College, the Certificate in Civic Leadership Training helps participants develop the knowledge and skills to be effective community leaders. Members complete ten service-learning trainings. Up to five of these may be Community Based which aligns with their current service.

The ten modules are:

  • The Third Sector
  • Capacity Building and Sustainability
  • Positionality
  • Leadership Theory
  • Impact on Beneficiaries                                                         
  • Public & Nonprofit Governance  
  • Volunteer Management
  • Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Project Management
  • Evaluation Metrics
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