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Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Awards

Nominate an outstanding AmeriCorps program, member, or alumnus to be recognized.

Corporation for National and Community Service

Type of Challenge: Nominations
Submission Start: 05/28/2015 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 06/22/2015 05:00 PM ET

Description

In honor of retired US Senator Tom Harkin, an inspiring champion for national service, the Corporation for National and Community Service will present the “Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Awards.”

Our goal for these awards is to recognize outstanding and innovative programs and high quality and meaningful AmeriCorps service experiences (for current members and alumni). Just as Senator Harkin sought to expand “what worked” throughout his career, we want these awards to encourage the development and expansion of best practices in national service programming, improved project development, and increase the value of the AmeriCorps member experience to help tackle the country’s most pressing human and environmental needs through service.

With emphases on engaging individuals with disabilities in service, best program innovation and enhancements, and compelling AmeriCorps member experience, the awards reflect the depth of impact of the national service field on the communities served and the individuals serving. These awards will allow us to share excellent program strategies and models with the national service field and the general public so that individuals, nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and more will be aware of the excellent and diverse range of national service programs across the country.

Prizes

Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award
Best new program design addressing a critical priority

Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award
Most significant enhancement to an existing program

Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award
Member with disability (ies) who significantly contributed to increasing the participation of other individuals with disabilities in national service

Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award
Most compelling member experience in either building an ethic of civic responsibility or having positive change in her/his life

Rules

Authority: This award is authorized under the Corporation for National and Community Service’s authority to disseminate information and promote the sharing of information among programs for the purpose of improving the quality of programs and projects. Eligibility: Eligible nominees are current service participants and alumni, and current programs funded through AmeriCorps grants (or subgrants) from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Those programs include:
  • AmeriCorps State
  • AmeriCorps National
  • Tribal programs funded by AmeriCorps
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • AmeriCorps NCCC
How to Enter: Each nomination should specify from the eligibility list the program with which it is affiliated. In addition, the narrative should address how the AmeriCorps member or program is addressing one of the award categories. Award Categories:
  1. Best new program design addressing a critical priority;
  2. Most significant enhancement to an existing program;
  3. Member with disability (ies) who significantly contributed to increasing the participation of other individuals with disabilities in national service; and
  4. Most compelling member experience in either building an ethic of civic responsibility or having positive change in their life.

Nominees should select only one award category and one program affiliation per submission.

Submit a narrative of up to 500 words that clearly and concisely describes the nominee’s best program design, enhancement, expansion, or experience and accomplishments as a member for the award category selected. Ideally, the narrative will include evidence of the nominee's impact in the community or on the program or other local projects, as well as evidence to support the nominee's work or service as innovative, a best practice and/or a highly compelling and motivating experience.

Submissions may also include photos and videos. Photos and videos should support the narrative submission and not replace it. Photos and video are encouraged as they are often very helpful in telling the complete service story. Please note that photos or videos are not required. By submitting a nomination, each participant automatically confers on CNCS an irrevocable, nonexclusive, and unrestricted license to use the submitted content for purposes consistent with the agency's national service mission. This includes the right to copy, reproduce, display, or distribute the content of the submission, and to make derivative works based upon the submission or a substantial portion of it without attribution or prior permission. Deadline for Submissions:

Submissions must be entered by 5:00 PM, EDT on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Format for Submissions: Nominations must be submitted online.

Limitations: Individuals and programs may submit no more than one nominee in each award category. However, individuals may not nominate themselves; self-nominations will not be eligible for review. Nominators are highly encouraged to focus on the quality of the nomination submitted – and not the quantity of nominations submitted.

Judging Criteria

Demonstrates improvements and/or high quality national service programming.
The CNCS Chief Executive Officer will select a panel to review the applications and select the program(s) or individual(s) that best demonstrates improvements and/or high quality national service programming. The panel will then select the recipients. Appropriate applicants are subject to a final vetting process by CNCS prior to selection of final award recipients.

How To Enter

Each nomination should specify from the eligibility list the program with which it is affiliated. In addition, the narrative should address how the AmeriCorps member or program is addressing one of the award categories. Click on the 'Rules' link to access details for submitting nominations.