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AmeriCorps New Program Startup Guide

AmeriCorps New Program Startup Guide

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Building a High Quality AmeriCorps Program From Blueprint to Implementation: New Program Start-up Guide




Table of Contents
CORPORATION WELCOME __ 10
GUIDE OVERVIEW_ 11
Introduction _11
Audience_11
AmeriCorps’ Required Documents 12
Design 12
Organizing Features_ 13
Using the Guide 13
Note about Tools, Models, and Best Practices 14
SURVEYING AMERICORPS 15
Important AmeriCorps Components _15
PREPARING THE GROUND _23
Community Advisory Group__24
Community Needs Assessment _25
Creating the AmeriCorps Program Work Plan 2 7
Writing the AmeriCorps Program Grant Proposal _29
eGrants: Submitting the AmeriCorps Application _ 30
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS__33
Things To Do Checklist_ 33
Organization Assessment Checklist _34
LAYING THE FOUNDATION __36
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT __37
Designing the Program _ 38
Performance Measurement __ 39
Develop Annual Calendar __ 40
Develop Organizational Chart__41
Create Staff Development Plan _43
Develop Staff Position Descriptions _45
Human Resource System _47
Risk Management _55
Policy, Procedure, and Regulation Compliance __57
Senior Management Board Presentation _59
iv
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS_61
Blueprint for Designing an AmeriCorps Program_61
Sample Organizational Chart _63
Staff Recruitment Plan _64
Basic Interviewing Strategies__65
Staff Recruitment Strategies__66
AmeriCorps Program Staff Training Topics _67
Building an Outstanding Orientation Program __68
Checklist of Human Resource Management Indicators _69
Checklist to Evaluate a Nonprofit Board of Directors
_TY & SITE PARTNERSHIPS _ 71
Building Community Partnerships _72
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Building a High Quality AmeriCorps Program From Blueprint to Implementation: New Program Start-up Guide




Table of Contents
CORPORATION WELCOME __ 10
GUIDE OVERVIEW_ 11
Introduction _11
Audience_11
AmeriCorps’ Required Documents 12
Design 12
Organizing Features_ 13
Using the Guide 13
Note about Tools, Models, and Best Practices 14
SURVEYING AMERICORPS 15
Important AmeriCorps Components _15
PREPARING THE GROUND _23
Community Advisory Group__24
Community Needs Assessment _25
Creating the AmeriCorps Program Work Plan 2 7
Writing the AmeriCorps Program Grant Proposal _29
eGrants: Submitting the AmeriCorps Application _ 30
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS__33
Things To Do Checklist_ 33
Organization Assessment Checklist _34
LAYING THE FOUNDATION __36
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT __37
Designing the Program _ 38
Performance Measurement __ 39
Develop Annual Calendar __ 40
Develop Organizational Chart__41
Create Staff Development Plan _43
Develop Staff Position Descriptions _45
Human Resource System _47
Risk Management _55
Policy, Procedure, and Regulation Compliance __57
Senior Management Board Presentation _59
iv
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS_61
Blueprint for Designing an AmeriCorps Program_61
Sample Organizational Chart _63
Staff Recruitment Plan _64
Basic Interviewing Strategies__65
Staff Recruitment Strategies__66
AmeriCorps Program Staff Training Topics _67
Building an Outstanding Orientation Program __68
Checklist of Human Resource Management Indicators _69
Checklist to Evaluate a Nonprofit Board of Directors
_TY & SITE PARTNERSHIPS _ 71
Building Community Partnerships _72
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What is the Progress Report?

A progress report is the report on the progress of your AmeriCorps program towards meeting its
performance measures. It is submitted electronically through WBRS. The WBRS includes a section
where you will find the forms that should be completed in order to compile your progress report. The
progress report will include information about your Corps member enrollment, hours, performance
measures, accomplishments, outcomes, and great stories.

Why do you need to submit a Progress Report?

Each state commission has different requirements regarding the submission of progress reports.
Generally, progress reports provide the commissions and/or parent organizations with a “picture” of how
the program is functioning. Check with your commission or parent organization to determine progress
report submission requirements.

How do you do it?

9Complete the training for WBRS through your state commission.
9Complete the initial set up of the WBRS system.
9Check with your commission or parent organization to determine how many times per year
you need to submit a progress report.
9Ensure there are systems established to record and capture required data. This includes
establishing data collection systems with your Service Sites.
9Maintain an on-going file of information so that you have it ready when you need it for the

APR.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do we submit a progress report? Consult with the reporting policies established by your
Commission or national direct parent organization to determine when the progress report is submitted.
CNCS requires that direct grantees of the Corporation (National parent organizations, commissions,
tribes and territories) submit an annual report called the Grantee Progress Report. This is submitted
through WBRS within approximately 45-60 days of the end of the CNCS fiscal year September 30th
.

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Program Development & Management

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