Arkansas LeaderCorps is a statewide body of AmeriCorps members, representing AmeriCorps Arkansas programs and other streams of service, working together to strengthen the national service movement in Arkansas. LeaderCorps consists of a representative member from each AmeriCorps Arkansas Program and representatives from VISTA, National Direct, and Senior Corps, and AmeriCorps Alumni.
2019 LeaderCorps Representatives
Goals of LeaderCorps
|2018-2019 LeaderCorps Calendar|
- Provide a forum for members to network, interact, and learn about other programs in the state
- Raise awareness of AmeriCorps in Arkansas as a meaningful and impactful service opportunity
- Promote involvement and collaboration of programs in statewide events such as AmeriCorps Week, and National Volunteer week, National Days of Service
- Expand leadership and professional development opportunities for AmeriCorps Members
- Support and enable AmeriCorps Members to better serve their communities
- Encourage continued involvement of AmeriCorps Members and Alumni in the National Service Movement
|2019 AR LeaderCorps Representatives|
|Valliery Brooks, Girl Scouts Diamonds or Arkansas Oklahoma and Texas|
|Desiray Ward, Our House VISTA Leader|
|Hannah Havens, FoodCorps|
|Jamikahn Wilson, Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp|
|Hannah Hanson, Cooking Matters Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance|
|Miah Bone, City of Little Rock Urban and Environmental Safety Program|
|Janie Austin, Foodbank of North Central Arkansas|
|Carlee Wilkins, Community Service Inc.|
|Rebekah Christian, NCCC Southwest Region|
|Alison Peters, NCCC Southwest Region|
|Taylor Groby, Arkansas Children's Research Institute VISTA|
LeaderCorps consists of a representative member from each AmeriCorps Arkansas Program and representatives from VISTA, National Direct, Senior Corps, and AmeriCorps Alumni
Each AmeriCorps Program Director is responsible for selecting one representative for LeaderCorps on an annual basis. Members selected to serve on LeaderCorps must be willing and able to:
- Serve as ambassadors for national service in Arkansas
- Participate in in-person meetings, conference calls, and AmeriCorps state-wide events (reliable transportation is required for in-person meetings and statewide events).
- Act as a liaison, sharing updates and information between AmeriCorps programs and VolunteerAR on a regular basis.
- Follow through on deadlines as establish by LeaderCorps
- Maintain communication with other LeaderCorps members outside of scheduled meeting time.
- Promote and participate in national days of service, such as MLK, Jr. Day of Service, 9/11 Days of Service and Remembrance, Global Youth Service Day, and Family Volunteer Day
What will representatives do this year?
This year, LeaderCorps representatives will be instrumental in setting up what the LeaderCorps program will look like for Arkansas, determining needs among fellow AmeriCorps members, and presenting the program to state commissioners.
How are members selected to participate in LeaderCorps?
All AmeriCorps program directors have the opportunity to nominate an AmeriCorps member to participate in LeaderCorps each year. Program Directors may personally identify a member with leadership potential and interest, or fellow AmeriCorps members can nominate and select their representative through an election process.
Why should my program have a LeaderCorps representative?
Arkansas LeaderCorps is based off a successful model from other state commissions. There is support that these types of leadership and member voice activities can help increase member recruitment, retention, and satisfaction, in addition to building collaboration among programs and a stronger connection to the national service movement. LeaderCorps members serve as a liaison between VolunteerAR and your AmeriCorps Program.
Do members receive hours for their LeaderCorps service?
Yes, all LeaderCorps members will receive training hours for the time spent in member training and meetings. Travel time will be granted in accordance with each program's normal policy. Members may receive up to 10 hours per month for their leadership team responsibilities outside of general LeaderCorps meetings and conference calls. LeaderCorps activities outside of the required monthly meetings and conference calls should not supersede regularly scheduled AmeriCorps Program Responsibilities.
How will VolunteerAR support LeaderCorps?
VolunteerAR will support LeaderCorps by:
- Securing meeting times/spaces
- Coordinating training and member development opportunities
- Distributing minutes, memos, agendas, and newsletters
- Assisting LeaderCorps representatives with project planning and implementation
- Updating guidelines and membership rosters
- Promoting and recognizing the LeaderCorps accomplishments
- Providing meals and mileage reimbursement for in-person meetings
Who should I contact with questions?
You may reach out to Ashley Moses at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-320-6458