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AmeriCorps Service Leaders

University of Southern Maine

Promising Approaches

  • (4) Encourage and support activities and student and community organizations that provide opportunities for students to be engaged in their campuses and communities.                  
  • (8) Involve students in the development and sustaining of campus/community partnerships.


This program, co-sponsored by Campus Compact and funded through the Corporation for National & Community Service, offers students opportunities to become leaders in community service, partnering with community agencies, projects, or organizations and recruiting and supporting student volunteers in that work.  Its goals are:

  • To engage AmeriCorps members in direct community service that meets locally identified community needs
  • To increase the leadership skills and civic knowledge of AmeriCorps members.
  • To engage AmeriCorps members in recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • To facilitate the development of new campus-community partnerships and the strengthening of existing ones.

A variety of projects have taken place including:

Leading Social Work students in working with incarcerated women.

Recruiting students for the Big Brother/Big Sister program.

Initiating a new mentoring program

Leading education about substance abuse and incarceration recovery and volunteering with a nonprofit organization.

Special Features

Civic Learning Goals

  • Civic Knowledge: …recognize characteristics and actions of effective, participating citizens… identify and describe the community in which they live…identify and describe local problems and their connection to problems on the state and national levels…explore ways an individual can help solve societal problems…
  • Civic Skills: …evaluate information for objectivity…apply information to effective efforts to help solve societal problems…assess the consequences  and context for personal action….develop and use critical thinking and ethical reasoning to make informed and responsible decisions…develop and use verbal and written communication skills…work cooperatively…develop effective team-building…effectively advocate individual and shared interests…public speaking…contacting public officials…organize meetings…active listening/perspective taking…become informed about community affairs, political issues, and the processes by which citizens effect change…achieving group goals…forge coalitions…examine structural causes of social problems and seek solutions…effectively promote goals in contentious political arenas…organize people to address social issues
  • Civic Attitudes/Dispositions: …willingness to enter dialogue…tolerance of ambiguity and resistance to simplistic answers to complex questions…a sense of personal efficacy…affective/emotional attachment to community…social  trust…respect for individual and group identities…concern for the greater good…belonging and contribution to groups in civil society…socially responsible…see themselves as members of a public, a community…

Contact Information

Andrea Thompson McCall at USM
Sarah Miller at Campus Compact for New Hampshire


Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Education for Democracy