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 November 2014 Edition    
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Service A Predictor of Economic Opportunity
Sign Up: Maine Semester of Youth Service
AmeriCorps Grants
Coffee Reading

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More Evidence: Service Is a Predictor of Economic Opportunity

 

Have you seen the new report?

Opportunity Nation's September 2014 report on "Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities" looked closely at links between economic opportunity and five forms of civic involvement:
  • Volunteering
  • Participation in any organization
  • Participation in a service organization
  • Working with neighbors to solve a problem
  • Doing favors for neighbors
One finding reinforces information well-known in youth development circles. Youth who volunteer are considerably less likely than non-volunteering peers to be disconnected from work and school.

A second finding bolsters the 2012 research that found positive links between volunteer and civic engagement and finding employment. Civic engagement -- specifically volunteering and participation in a civic or service organization - is a significant predictor of economic opportunity across states.

Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 300 businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and civic organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.  
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Maine Semester of Youth Service:
Sign up now!

 

What is a "Maine Semester of Youth Service"?

It's the 8 weeks between Martin Luther King Day of Service and late March when school-age youth in Maine mobilize to tackle needs in their communities. They become the initiators, leaders, catalysts. They serve.

 

Service-learning or youth service projects register as official Maine Semester of Youth Service activities, are promoted across the state by the Maine Commission for Community Service, and are eligible to apply for $300 mini-grants to assist with supplies or transportation.

 

Classes and youth groups that complete their projects by March 20, 2015 will attend the new Maine Youth Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Portland Pirates' April 3rd game. The evening is sponsored by Maine AmeriCorps Alums and the Maine Commission for Community Service.

 

Spread the word! Maine is #1 in youth volunteering. Let's help them join together to shine a light on the impact they have!

 

FMI and to register, go to VolunteerMaine.org/  Registration deadline is December 12, 2014.
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AmeriCorps Grant Competition Opens 

 

Every three years, there is a major AmeriCorps grant competition that awards nearly $1 million to Maine organizations who have plans for using AmeriCorps members to tackle pressing community needs.
 

This is the year. The first competition, AmeriCorps*State Competitive, is open now.
 

The Commission seeks proposals for AmeriCorps State Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Amount Grants.  The Commission seeks proposals for AmeriCorps State program operating grants. Programs must be designed to enroll at least ten AmeriCorps members and utilize at least 17,000 hours of service during each program year of the 3-year grant.

 

Community needs related to health, veterans services, environmental stewardship, energy conservation, education, economic opportunity (jobs and financial stability), or disaster preparedness are of high interest. Submission deadline is 2pm on December 4, 2014.

 

FMI, visit MaineServiceCommission.gov .

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Coffee Reading

 

This October 2014 blog on NPR.org is useful for programs that have to raise support.

 What is Service Enterprise? Actually, we are cheating in putting this video link here. It's not reading but coffee break viewing. Just 4 minutes to become familiar with a new movement in Maine!

Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey Reveals 81% Of Hiring Managers Want College Grads Who Volunteer  Could this be a selling point for your outreach to people seeking employment? To view more volunteer IMPACT research findings from this respected company, go to Deloitte.com
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Nominations Open!
Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism

 

Honor Maine people and organizations whose volunteering is an example to all.


 
Roll of Honor (every person nominated):

Recognizes individuals who volunteered 500 hours or more in calendar 2014 with certificate, name published in Volunteer Week newspaper advertisement, and ceremony at a May 2014 Seadogs game.

 

Single Award Categories (1 award each):

* Volunteer of the Year                                          * Youth Volunteer of the Year

* Outstanding National Service Participant             * Outstanding Public Sector Volunteer

* Outstanding Service-learning Practitioner            * Corporate Volunteerism

 * Excellence in Volunteer Administration               * Small Business Volunteerism

* Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program

* Excellence in Service-learning by a school or school district

 

FMI & to submit online go to VolunteerMaine.org