Arkansas LeaderCorps is a statewide body of AmeriCorps members representing AmeriCorps Arkansas programs and other streams of service. Together, LeaderCorps members work to strengthen the national service movement in Arkansas. LeaderCorps consists of one representative member from each State AmeriCorps program and representatives from AmeriCorps VISTA, National Direct, AmeriCorps Seniors, and AmeriCorps Alumni.
Goals of LeaderCorps
|LeaderCorps Summary & 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
- 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
- Promote involvement and collaboration of programs in statewide events such as AmeriCorps Week, and National Volunteer Week, National Days of Service
|2021-22 ARKANSAS LEADERCORPS REPRESENTATIVES|
|Lauren Barber, Peace at Home Family Shelter AmeriCorps VISTA|
|Danielle Barney, Every Arkansan AmeriCorps Member|
|Kelsey Carter, UCA AmeriCorps VISTA|
|Hawke Davidson, AR Reads AmeriCorps Member|
|Kameron Derrick, Kiwanis Pfeifer Camp AmeriCorps Member|
|Avionta Ellis, Our House AmeriCorps Member|
|Michael Flowers, SAU AmeriCorps VISTA|
|Elizabeth Gill, Smart Start AmeriCorps Member|
|Karina D. Gonzalez, UAFS Jumpstart Arkansas AmeriCorps Member|
|Ta'Ru Harris, SAU AmeriCorps VISTA|
|Eden Soleil Johnson, CSI Tutoring and Mentoring Program AmeriCorps Member|
|Ronnie Kinoshita, Full Circle FarmCorps AmeriCorps VISTA|
|Makenna Madden, SAU AmeriCorps VISTA|
|Callie Martin, Future Teacher Initiative AmeriCorps Member|
|Jaycie Sturdivant, UCA BearsServe Leaders AmeriCorps Member|
|Lacey Fletcher, FoodCorps AmeriCorps Member|
|A'Layla Williams, FoodCorps AmeriCorps Member|
LeaderCorps consists of one representative member from each State AmeriCorps 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
- Act as a liaison, sharing updates and info between AmeriCorps programs and Engage Arkansas on a regular basis.
- Follow through on deadlines as established by LeaderCorps
- Maintain communication with other LeaderCorps members outside of scheduled meeting time.
- Participate in in-person meetings, conference calls, and AmeriCorps state-wide events
- Have reliable transportation for in-person meetings and statewide events
- Promote and participate in national days of service, such as MLK, Jr. Day, National Volunteer Week, Civic Season, and 9/11 Day
How are members selected to participate in LeaderCorps?
Each year, AmeriCorps program directors have the opportunity to nominate an AmeriCorps member to participate in LeaderCorps. Nominations are typically solicited in October. 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. The LeaderCorps Program runs from October-June each year.
Why should my program have a LeaderCorps representative?
Arkansas LeaderCorps is based on a successful model from other state commissions. There is evidence 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. In addition to expanded leadership and professional development opportunities, LeaderCorps members serve as a liaison between Engage Arkansas and your AmeriCorps program.
Do members receive hours for their LeaderCorps service?
Yes, all LeaderCorps members can receive training hours for the time spent in member training and meetings. Travel time will be granted in accordance with each program's 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 Engage Arkansas support LeaderCorps?
Engage Arkansas 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?
Questions can be directed to LeaderCorps Coordinator Michael Rau at Michael.Rau@adhe.edu.