AmeriCorps VISTA members from the 2020-2021 cohort will be exiting service soon. We wish them the best of luck with whatever comes next! Thank you for all you have done to support our local communities.
AmeriCorps has saved my life--a blog by former three time AmeriCorps VISTA Amon Barry. "Around two weeks after epiphany, I received an email for AmeriCorps asking if I would be interested in sacrificing a year of my life (physically, mentally, and financially) to serve an impoverished community. I had always been an admirer of indigenous cultures of this land so I picked a community project being offered though the boys and girls club on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana. Being a city boy born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta, I was a little nervous dedicating a year of my life in a very different state and culture but the kid and adventurer in me was excited for the challenge." Click here to read the full blog: https://mtcompact.org/resou.../americorps-has-saved-my-life/
Community Partner Highlight
Vacancies: We're Hiring!
MTCC is actively recruting recent graduates for AmeriCorps positions with our campuses across the state. These full-time positions come with a modest living allowance, an AmeriCorps education award and an opportunity to make a difference. Please share the application, and if you'd like information for your students, please email Eli Bowe.
It's Membership Renewal Season!
As we prepare for AY 21-22, we are sending out renewal packages to CEOs across our network. If you'd like more information about membership in Campus Compact, please contact Josh Vanek.
MTCC's AmeriCorps proposal, which supports post-secondary educational attainment for high schoolers and incoming college students, was recently awarded competitive funding! If you'd like to learn more about this innovative program, and hosting an AmeriCorps team, please contact Dannette Fadness.
According to AmeriCorps, "A growing body of research shows that service has an effect on more than just the communities served, but also on the members themselves. AmeriCorps alumni credit their year of service for developing leadership skills that bridges divides, solves problems, and opens doors to opportunities that advance their careers and education. In addition, research shows that alumni gain skills and are exposed to experiences that communities and employers find valuable."
Book of the Month
How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
Podcast of the Month
Shiny Happy Track of the Month
Digital Love | Daft Punk | Pomplamoose
The Community Engagement Professional Credential offers a framework for community engagement professionals to grow and achieve formal recognition for the knowledge and skills they develop in their careers. Micro-credtional certification areas include: Community Engagement Fundamentals,Community Partnerships, Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching (Service-Learning), Program Administration, and Supporting Engaged Faculty Development.
Resource: Campus Compact Podcast, tune in for conversations with leading community engagement professionals and discussions of new research and innovative work in the field.
** Discount: Campus Compact member discount. Campus Compact members (if you're reading this, that means you) save 20% on books available through the online Campus Compact bookstore! **
Public Service Announcement
Story to Share? Send it to Us!
The MTCC Network Office wants to share your good news! Especially those pieces related to campus-community partnership, civic engagement, service learning, volunteerism and democracy. Email your story ideas, or ready made pieces to Josh Vanek to get them included in the monthly newsletter, regularly seen by over 1000 education and community leaders across Montana.