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Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Site Placement Criteria

In order to qualify as an appropriate project under the Capacity Building Focus Area in the Compact
Service Corps AmeriCorps Program, the Member must work with local nonprofit organizations on development of infrastructure to increase and improve the organization’s programs and services provided to communities to reach a greater number of beneficiaries, to become more efficient in operations, and to leverage additional resources. As well, a major component of the project must include recruitment, training and/or management of volunteers. This can include new recruitment of community volunteers, training of existing volunteers and management of new and recurring volunteers at the host site.

CSC Members focusing on capacity building for their term of service must complete
their hours at a nonprofit organization focused on one of the following strategic
priority areas:
Education – improving academic outcomes for K-12 youth, particularly those in low-performing schools; help children prepare for school, perform at grade level and graduate from high school ready for college, work and life.
Healthy Futures – meeting health needs within a community including access to care, aging in place and addressing childhood obesity. Access to care may include acquiring health insurance, culturally appropriate health care, transportation, language translation, disease and disability prevention, health promotion initiatives, health literacy and efforts to address health disparities.
Veterans and/or Military Families – providing health, education and economic opportunity to veterans and military families, including the elimination of veteran homelessness, educational programs for children in military families and economic opportunities for military spouses and veterans.
Disaster Preparation & Response – focusing on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Environmental Stewardship – protecting the health and healthcare of humans and ecosystems by conserving natural resources and restoring the nation’s air, water and land. May include energy efficiency, renewable energy, restoring watersheds and aquatic ecosystems, improving at-risk public use lands, restoring critical wildlife habitats, mitigating environmental consequences of disasters and promoting environmental sustainability.
Economic Opportunity – assisting individuals or families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness; providing financial literacy; expanding employment opportunities; redeveloping local areas struggling with under-investment and other barriers to economic opportunity.

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